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Portrait of a Human Being by Kelley-Michelle Portrait of a Human Being by Kelley-Michelle
In December 1993, Michael released a video statement from Neverland Ranch in response to his first battle against allegations of child molestation. In the video, he detailed information on how horribly he'd been treated through a body search which he was not allowed to refuse.

(Video is here: [link])

I was eight years old when this statement was released, and I remember watching it on TV. I didn't really understand what was going on, but I knew Michael was completely humiliated and it was upsetting for me to see.

While probably a majority of viewers felt some kind of satisfaction over his pain, or were simply mocking his looks alone and calling him a "freak" or "weirdo," I sat at home and just saw a broken man. A human being subjected to humiliating treatment.

Please do not start a debate in comments over anything related to the backstory of this image. If any crap starts, I'll disable the ability to reply.

Edit: I moved the watermark a bit so it's not right across his face :)
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:iconmorinen:
Morinen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Hi Kelley,

would you consider providing a small version of this picture without for a watermark for an article about Michael's rehab period on web-site michaeljackson.ru: www.michaeljackson.ru/?p=1114?

We will credit you as the author and the preview picture will link to your Deviantart, as it now does.

Thanks
morinen

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:iconkelley-michelle:
Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, no problem! I *should* still have a non-watermarked version available. What size do you need?
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Morinen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Awesome, thanks! Something like 250x300 would be good.

You can email it to me at morinenmj@gmail.com 

Thank you! <3
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teken-lovers Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waauuuuw beautiful!
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
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Becky-GirlDDD Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
wow! Depicts MJ so well in this sad pic, he looks so depressed here, u'v captured his emation here so well!
Poor MJ, luv him:)

*favz*
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:iconfebruarymoon:
februarymoon Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Wonderful. :) (And hey, I remember you from Shamone_MJ!)
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:iconkelley-michelle:
Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey there! I remember you too!
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Symmylynn Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You captured his eyes perfectly :heart: I wasn't even born when these allegations first came out and thought he was guilty on the second allegations (because my dad and friends said so, I didn't understand), but not anymore :)
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ambermdigitalpaints Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, those eyes jump off the page! Great work. I always feel for Michael when I see photos of him during this tv announcement he did. I remember seeing it back in the early 90s. I was about 14 years old, and Michael was my world. I never believed he was guilty. Like you, I didn't fully understand it either, all I knew was that it was sad, and Michael was hurting. God bless him, may he rest in peace.
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ichris2010 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks amazing. Incredibly detailed, he looks exactly as he did in the video. I saw it too, I had turned nine that year. My mom told me what had happened, but I didn't fully understand. Anyway, sad, yet awesome piece.
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amazingMJ Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
I love you and your beautiful piece of him, as a fan i can understands all you said here. That was so bad time in his life, he was totally hurted by selfish and bad people, and all tabloids. When this statement realeased i was 3 years old girl, didnt know who is he. After a long time when i saw that video in 2008, i cried alot, its breaks me. But i know he was so strong, i am alaways by his side, Michael was an angel and father for all childrens, all the people were so lucky who got to met him.....I am happy for them. And we all fans are more lucky to have his beautiful and precious music and memories..<3 :)
i am speechless to see ur work, his eyes just so lively. Oh God ! You are a great artist and fan, He bless you.
Much Love
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writingpoetryforlife Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful and I totally remember it
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TearsOfBlood09 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful Beautiful picture
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BlueSequinHearts731 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student General Artist
This is a really nice image you've created...I remember seeing that video, too...it was REALLY disturbing...he was so distraught and hurt....
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :heart: :huggle:
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BlueSequinHearts731 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome!


And AWW, this is cute! >> :huggle:

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graphite220 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
this is really beautiful...what medium did you use?
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:

I drew this on a Wacom tablet in Photoshop.
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graphite220 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
you're welcome...it's really beautiful :-)
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KoniLove Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Awesome :)
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:iconkelley-michelle:
Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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WillaWalo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This wasa hard time for him, but you did an amazing job!
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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Finnish-Penguin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you, Kelley-Michelle, when I see this video - or indeed this portrait - I just see a broken man. He looks completely and utterly devastated! In my opinion, a guilty man would not look this innocent nor distressed!
RIP Michael Jackson. :heart:
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agreed!
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Finnish-Penguin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, and beautiful portrait by the way! My first reaction was "Wooooah!" haha :D Thumbs up!
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :) :huggle:
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Aprilweredragon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I wasn't around when this happened, but I have seen the video-it's heartbreaking, that poor man.
But such a beautiful picture, such realistic detail, beautiful...
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. It's so nice to know that there are people out there who grew up during the "Wacko Jacko" mess but still remain able to see through all that crap and view Michael as a normal, good person :huggle:

Thanks so much for your comment! :heart:
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Aprilweredragon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
you're welcome ^^
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:icon1adia:
1adia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
You captured him perfectly, his sad gaze...
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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djmsan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful and sad!
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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czekoladowypaszczoch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful :wow:
I love his eyes :love:
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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DaNite Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Wow - you really did a great job with his face, it's all so wonderfully detailed. Must have pretty damn depressing to draw, but great work with it none-the-less.
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :huggle: Yeah, it was rough to get through, and I ended up not working on it for about two days in a row cos it was too overwhelming to confront--but I'm very happy at the response its getting, especially that it's actually all pretty positive!
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DarkLuxray Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Writer
This is beautiful, and I remember the first time I saw that video. You could hear in his voice, and you could see that he wanted to just cry, and I'm sure that's exactly what he did when those cameras turned off. When me and my family watched it, we all cried, because he really was just so broken. it was heartbreaking.
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You could hear in his voice, and you could see that he wanted to just cry, and I'm sure that's exactly what he did when those cameras turned off.

Yeah...:(

Thank you for your comment :heart:
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KatrionaOTG Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
such deep and abiding sadness in those beautiful eyes.
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:iconkatrionaotg:
KatrionaOTG Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
such deep and abiding sadness in those beautiful eyes.
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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kozmickitsch Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
<3 I remember it, too.
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:( :heart:
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JadeMare Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Michael... I still remember how horrible I felt watching that. He looked so hurt...

As I said before, this is beautiful. I think you captured how he was feeling very well.
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's hard watching his videos like this. I really need to draw something happy next cos this was depressing as hell to work on. But thank you for your comment(s). It means a lot :heart:
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SweetFedora77 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
(That watermark is really annoying, though. That's the only thing I don't like. Right across the nose. :giggle:)
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Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've moved it now! :) I know, I hate watermarks too. I just worry about people stealing Michael's image to use on thing to make money. I never want my artwork of Michael to be for profit unless it's charity or something, so that's why I even watermark it in the first place.
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