People Of The Year (women)

People Of The Year (women)
by Omid Hast

I have digitally painted two pictures, among thousands of pictures of Iranian demonstrators, to represent the people of Iran and their struggle for democracy.  Both of these pictures have been widely broadcasted for a few months now.  This one is a digital painting of a woman as the representative of the Iranian women


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About the painting

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The earliest the original photo of this demonstrator was published online was June 17, 2009, so I believe the photo must have been taken during the June 16th demonstrations in Tehran.  Iranian Presidential Election was held on the 12th, so it is doubtful that she was an Ahmadinejad supporter, came out in the streets with a red scarf on that time period and then changed her mind and switched to green.  Beside, from the way she looks and is dressed it is doubtful that she’d be a supporter of Ahmadinejad at any time, but that is all speculation.  Regardless, the Green Movement is now using a poster of a woman greatly resembling her.

The green colors, and other colors, in the painting came from the colors of leaves on the trees, and other things, in the background from the original picture and has nothing to do with camouflage.  I picked colors from the picture, not from a color pallet.

“Digital painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, impasto, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software.”  I use my computer mouse to draw; it takes forever to do it that way, whereas photo-paint softwares might do it in a fraction of second.



by yolanda on

 I have seen this picture a lot in videos. She wears green wristband! I really like this picture a lot. I just hope nothing bad happened to this lady! I don't know what "digitally painted" means, but it looks great!

Thank you for sharing!

Delaram Banafsheh (Yolanda)

"Cactus in the Desert"

Darius Kadivar

Just Noticed Sargord Asked the same Question ;0))

by Darius Kadivar on


Darius Kadivar

Nice Omid Jaan, Just a Question ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

I think everyone was impressed by this photo in particular during the protests. I was just troubled by her Red Scarf knowing that the color Red was that of the supporters of Ahmadinejad.

So my Quesiton is:

Does anyone know who she is protesting here for or against ? is it for Moussavi, Ahmadinejad or against the Fraud all together knowing that she may have voted for Ahmadinejad but regreted her choice because of the violence that followed ? Or was she simply wearing a Red Scarf by coincidence on that particular day ?

Nice Choice though !


Sargord Pirouz


by Sargord Pirouz on

Just curious: Why the camo background? And why the red head scarf- the color the greens attribute to Ahmadinejad's faction?