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Made with thousands of "@" symbols (the common "At sign" typographic character). It took me a few days of work. I applied each character one by one and used several references for the accuracy of the portrait. Each symbol is made of a single color and tone. (I left the portrait unfinished on purpose, I think it's better this way).

"@" like "@ mbitious", "@ ctivism" and "@ ssange"... Julian is a courageous man fighting for Justice and Democracy despite many criticisms...

Julian Paul Assange is the founder, spokesperson and editor in chief of WikiLeaks (a whistleblower website and conduit for news leaks). He is also an Australian publisher, journalist, software developer and Internet activist.

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*sigh* looking at that face reminds me of how far the movement for Internet freedom has fallen. Let me put it to in more historical terms

When Beethoven wrote his third symphony, he dedicated it to Napoleon, whom he saw as the embodiment of the values of freedom and human dignity emerging from the French Revolution, calling it "a symphony to a great man." But, when Napoleon crowned himself emperor, Beethoven was heartbroken, and renamed his work "a symphony to the memory of a great man."

I'm a man who believes it is the patriotic duty of every citizen to question the actions of their government, as stated in the American Constitution. Naturally, when I first heard about Julian Assange and his efforts to bring accountability of government for no cost, I applauded him and wished him the best of luck in his various struggles.

But, then I heard that he was planning to charge people to view leaked documents, prompting me to do something with him that I have usually don't with governmental action: I questioned his motives.

The last straw came when I took a closer look at the large quantities of documents he had posted, which some had touted as being just as incriminating as the Pentagon Papers. Unfortunately, whereas the Pentagon Papers proved the government mislead the people about the state of the Vietnam war, these documents proved almost nothing. The great exposé I had been hoping for was little more than a collection of mundane transcripts of unrelated meetings and musings. The only thing shocking about the documents was the sheer quantity of them.

It is here that I came to the conclusion that I should have come to long ago, I was being led around by the nose, we all were. I am now worried that this man, in an attempt to increase his own celebrity, may have unwittingly doomed openness and freedom on the Internet, as I have noticed the government agencies paid comparatively little attention to the openness of the Internet before he came along. I suppose this is the great danger of putting a man up on a pedestal, his words become gold to the ears of all those listening. As depressing as it may sound, I think, perhaps, the only lesson I learned form the Assange saga is that we should listen to ourselves, we're the only people we can rely on to do anything right.
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, one of my idols.
tozhma Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
flamegod7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
His face is spot on.
pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. He reminds me of Q from Star Trek.
thedoraemons7 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
For Assange! Relase him, UK and US!
(I'm stranged about... why Putin protects Wikileaks, even Wikileaks has called him as a "mafia"?)
rockfaerie666 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Photographer
Amazing work! :heart: Congratulations!! :heart: :heart:
mburch1974 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so this is what genius looks like
Dead1970 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Your work is flawless...too bad the subject in this work is a piece of shit!:D
ArTRefugiuM Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is @wesome :O
NotYourGina Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's amazing!
Attani Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fan-freaking-tastic! I tried doing Topiary with leaves but no where near as good as this.
BADAOUI Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
vvvvvvvvvery well !!!!!!
CleonieQuinn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I love it- it looks a wee bit like he's rocking a bitchin' 'fro.
dw817 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm ... I wonder if this could be done with other symbols. (Scheming)
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I real;ly liked your Lady Gaga, and now I simply must have the Julian Assange. I think Wikileaks is an important venture which puts our 'lords and masters'on notice that they cannot expect to keep all of their corruption and stupidity secret.
NeRrOo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
wow wow wow awesome
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sumqui Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BlueArdea Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I think I'm in love with Julian Assange!
MikeMeth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing. Incredible job.
NatashaBogdanov Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
potisun Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Love it. keep on doing great stuff.
apollyoneum Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
well, you just took it to the next level.
jsweeney3 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
I'm blown away
Boneappetit Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work, great idea ! :lol:
iytj Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
excellent!!stunning work!very well done!:clap:
mattTIDBALL Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome! well done!
iamthemindfire Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Stunning work!!A very novel technique that adds a real punch to the work..
a-crooks Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
This is really amazing and is my favourite of Ben's series of similar portraits. The style reminds me of Chris Jordan's Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait. Definitely worth taking a look at his gallery too.

ShapirMD Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Oh man... How do you do?..Is awesome...
Tell me please...
chaaaLaLoco Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
woow impressive!
3laia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Wow! awesome awesome rly amazing with @ u don tht
rly u r awesome
SadisticoShy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
luxnax Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Excellent build up
Drexith Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   General Artist
amazing!!!! i have nothing else to say.
RafalBigda Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
As far I know there is some software or PS plugin doing exactly the same effect.
JCapela Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work :)
gianvoglio Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student General Artist
That complex really
abcdefoxx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That must have been much work! o.o
It looks amazing! :)
Karasmileyface Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. That's all I can say. Once again, amazing.
Yerfdog5 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant work. I agree with the unfinished state lets you see the @ properly.
GFXMAKE Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Themoose50 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Your are incredibly creative, simple amazing.
brooke-jasmine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
wow, this is incredible. so unique. it would have taken quite a bit of time and patience. :D
Ovton Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Video-Interview: [link]
htrix Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Respect, both for the artist and the subject.
MrGreenankle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Is it a photo overlay or have you done it from scratch? :O
omegatafaria Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Wow this is so unique
honey-vinegar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
This is full of epicness :)
avalanchepark Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
wonderfully done - I like the thumbnail because it puts the symbol down at the edge of visibility and the macro image dominates.
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