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This is a portrait of Joe Camel, the old advertising logo/character for Camel Cigarettes.  Like my other portraits, the medium used relates directly to the life of the subject.  This particular piece is made up of around 8,000-12,000 cigarette butts adhered to canvas.  Some more clever thinkers might look at the numbers, and associate each butt with one person that smoking "snuffs out" each week.  The piece is framed in a giant red styrofoam ash tray that I made.  Up close, it just looks like thousands of cigarettes snuffed out in a giant ash tray, but as you back away, you see the image of Joe Camel appear.  The likeness of Joe Camel in this is a sort of playful metaphor: just as these filters are supposed to filter harmful chemicals out of the smoke, the face so famously associated with child marketing was filtered out of advertising. 
I coated the ash tray with a layer of newspaper soaked in glue, which hardened in to a sort of shell.  I then painted it red and sealed it in acrylic.  I let the newspaper I used subtly show through the paint.  Some of the articles used pertain to smoking bans in public buildings/entire cities, or lawsuits against cigarette companies.