Not long ago I reached my own conclusion about not only the most likely but somehow (an this is very grim.. creepy, wrong, etc.) one of the most ... sadly desirable why not, end of the world scenario. I'm talking of course about our world, the world of humans. This are our last days. You can't imagine how resilient life and the planet are, and the cosmic happenings that might even dare to mean them any signifficant threat are too far into the dephts of a future time and space for us to even worry. Our species however, is bound to extinction, all species are. Usually a vertebrate species won't last more than a couple million years and ours has been running around for about that time. But is our particular way of playing with the funcioning of life that can really get us into trouble. So far the only thing medical progress has been doing is to tests bacteria and viruses agains their weaknesses, saving them from all the trouble and the pain it would regulary take them via natural selection. This sounds like a great idea... except if we run out of weaknesses. It is humanity's greatest strenght, to be with each other, what might end our ways. The world's globalization has created the perfect petri dish in which a super patogen can spread. In this very moment as I write, there are massive ammounts of people travelling back and from every point in the world. Just make it airborne an resistant to known antibiotics and there would be just no where to run. It is of course something terrible, meaning the death of millions and millions... but we would be cutted clean from the tree of life. We wouldn't drag the entire biosphere with us into our misery as would a nuclear war, excesive growth of the world population or an ecological disaster that would cause the suffering and deaths of millions of people AND the suffering and extinction of so many other species. Even our pets might survive, the grass would grow on the streets and there would be wildlife taking the city for it's own (but no vampires, sorry) Is this Nature's way to tell us "You better start walking straight or I'll kill you just like I killed the martians in The War of the Worlds"? Is there any abailable happy ending? can we walk back our footsteps away from modern civilization, somehow decresing our population for the world to handle it as it is mean to in a way that wouldn't cause maybe even more early deaths? I dearly hope so. Maybe I'll be only the end of our civilization, maybe the "primitive" cultures that live isolated deep in the jungles and desserts will be saved. Just to start again, hopefully with a different mind, into a different world. The End is unavoidable one day very single Homo sapiens will have died, how long it will take an which will be the quality of the lifes involed before those deaths, and the well being of the remaining species is what matters. If we want to choose the correct ending, we have to choose a correct way of life for us all.
So the whole idea behind this contest (if you haven't read about it) is to take the Starbucks Frappuccino cup template provided and fill it with things you love.
So I was like... what do I love? Well, I really love animals, color and texture. So I took some of my very favorite animals and examined the colors found in my favorite Frappuccino flavors to make color palettes. The butterfly, fox, zebra and bunny are strawberry. The leopard and mountain goat are caramel. The penguin, owl, fishbowl and peacock are chocolate mocha. The elephant and fish are coconut creme and the giraffe is the recognizable green Starbucks straw. I kept the cup shape but made it a little more subtle.
My entry for the "Picture yourself in Alice in Wonderland Contest".
Why Alice? I just adore all adaptions to this story and I'd watch the Disney version non-stop as a kid. *I'll be sure to make a tribute to that version in the future*
So I Alice-ized myself as well, of course Alice. I've always had a connection with this character, shes a day dreamer, innocent, imaginative and bores of reality from time to time yet shes witty, a little distant from her peers but always knows what she wants. Plus, I can think of 6 impossible things every morning. C: Shes just such a fun character in a bunch of different ways you look at her, an explorer, a mental case living in her own mind or a brave champion, shes still totally likable. I did enjoy Burtons take on Alice, the way he portrayed her as an older young lady dealing with the odd and boring world around her was really nice and the fact that we got to see her as a child having dreams about wonderland after the first visit was really clever. A really great character in Alice, but, I feel as if theres a little bit of each character inside us all. Its hard to just pick one.
The Illustration: I chose the classic tea party scene as its nostalgic and fun all its own. And in my opinion, represents Alice in Wonderland the best. Its a scene made of pure imagination and in the Tim Burton's version, a great intro to some of the most beloved characters of the movie. The start of the journey ensues after this tea party and who didn't dream about participating in a un-birthday tea party? This is just pure imagination and I had fun working on this. I tried to add as many trinkets and fun items from the movie, the scroll, the vile, playing cards and clouds to represent the red queen, the White Queens castle, Bayard under the table, the key to the door, the sword, the tarts and cupcakes and tons more. Can you find them all? Theres just so many memorable moments and characters for this movie and Tim Burton has done a great job reconstructing this world. Giving it a dark tone, letting us know that all fantasy has its dark sides. The costumes and special effects for this movie were superb.
The Inspiration: Old Children Golden Books and Mary Blairs concept art for the cartoon adaption of Alice in Wonderland were major for this and brought out the bright colors, painted like textures and exaggerated cartoony caricatures. While the other half of the inspiration was based on both movie adaptions and of course, Tim Burton's vision for this whacked out new Wonderland. That brought out the gritty, detailed textures, spiky lines of motion, over the top detail, dark tones and even some of the bright color tones. Anything Tim Burton does is a inspiration for me and it truly shows in this tribute.
Technical Skill: This image took me 3 days to do on and off. One of the longest pieces I've ever done. The traditional sketch and concept of the image took about an hour+ to construct. It is a digital painting made in Photoshop and the full size image is 93.8 MB with a 300 dpi. I need to work very VERY big in order to create my crisp and sometimes unnoticeable details. Everything you see in this image has atleast more than 10 layers. Hair, table, everything. To textures, to base color, to shadows, to color shades. It has over 100 layers of detail. I really wanted to go overboard with this.
I really enjoyed creating this digital painting and being able to join the fun of these unique and well known characters. I felt like a child again working on this. This is the first time entering a DeviantART contest and I put a lot of effort into this so if you all would be so kind as to comment, fav and view the image, Id truly appreciate the support!
I'm so glad I could take part in such a fun contest and just before the deadline too. *Phew* Thanks for looking and wish me luck!
EDIT:Fixed some parts of the image and some of the line work. I also added the wound Alice receives on her arm from the Bandersnatch.