Art Digital Portraits

Ivana Besevic Captures Raw Emotion in Vulnerable Portraits

girl in the wind, red nose, digital painting

Embracing the complexity of being human, Ivana Besevic creates digital portraits that don’t glamorize or glorify. She doesn’t shy away from sadness or pain, and she doesn’t smooth over the red splotches and tear streaks on her subjects’ faces. These are real people with real feelings—many of them directly engaging the viewer with an open, vulnerable gaze. She aims to go beyond beauty, into “something psychological, fearful, dramatic, dangerous,” she said in an interview. On her website, she says she’s inspired by “everyday stories and ordinary people. I like the complexity that we have and I love to go beyond prejudice.”

tattooed man, portrait

woman with short hair crying, digital painting

girl with bright blue eyes, digital painting

blonde woman crying, digital painting

smudged lipstick, woman looking at us

young woman portrait, red sweater

girl smoking, sunset, portrait

Images © Ivana Besevic