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Hi guys!

I'm starting a closed beta tests of my game soon (visual novel, Mirage Noir). If you want to take a part in it, please register on the forums here
You'll be given an access to the hidden part of the forum for game testing on Friday.

You have time to register for the beta until midnight on Thursday 24th Oct (west coast, american time).
See you on friday :la:
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You may now start beta testing the game :)…?
Please, don't forget to track the time and post about it in the 'Time Tracking' topic :)

Remember that in order to see the secret beta-testing forum you need to be logged in on the forum! Otherwise you won't be able to see it

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When you try to run SAI on windows 8 right off the bat... It won't work.
a little tampering it will. so simple.

SO to the point:
::downloading sai::
first of all you need to get sai, you can buy it or you can download it for free. i cant recommend sites but there are some out there where you can download sai for free.

::conversion:: (it only looks long, it is simple and guaranteed to work)
right click the programs icon and then click 'properties'
when the properties dialogue box appears click the 'capability' tab on the top
then click 'run capability troubleshooter'
when it's done looking at it click 'try recommended settings'
then 'test the program'
when i did it, it came up with a warning "do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher make changes to this computer" i clicked yes and then it should run sai and it should work normally.
close the sai program
go back to the 'program capability troubleshooter' box and click next
if SAI worked when you tested it like it should have then click 'yes, save these settings for this program'
THEN YOU MUST ignore the issue found 'incapable program' and click 'close the troubleshooter
AND FINALLY try to open sai normally (double click SAI icon or shortcut) if it works then you done and good to go.

I hope i helped some people who were having the troubles of running SAI on windows 8.
note that this method may work on other programs too. :D

Leave a comment people. XDXDXD
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Attention players!


deadline: November 3rd

The contest has been chosen! People have voted and it is now decided that the contest will be to:

Create yourself as an SAO character!

:bulletred: The work must be yours!!
:bulletred: It must preferbly be something created for this contest! not an old piece of work
:bulletred: It can be either Digital, traditional or mixed media
:bulletred: When submitting PLEASE put it into the 'You in SAO - contest' folder or it wont be judged
:bulletred: Only 1 submission per person/account
:bulletred: Keep it child friendly please! :P

You will be judged on:
:bulletgreen: Creativity
:bulletgreen: Execution (how good it looks)
:bulletgreen: Planning (how much you have thought about it)

Write in the description about what type of character you would be, the sort of skills you would have, if you know the existing characters  etc. Creativity, Planning! it all adds up :)

(so far! if you would like to donate a prize please comment below! even if its just a llama:))

:bulletpurple: 10:points: from EpicStormMage
:bulletpurple: Llama from all the admins + judges
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the featured folder
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the favourites folder
:bulletpurple: a feature in the next journal
:bulletpurple: digital coloured chibi drawing from Geora
:bulletpurple: drawing from TheBugcatcher and 2x3luffy
:bulletpurple: a Perler Bead of your character for you to keep, from DragonWolf15

:bulletpurple: Llama from all the admins
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the featured folder
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the favourites folder
:bulletpurple: digital chibi line art by Geora
:bulletpurple: drawing from TheBugcatcher and 2x3luffy

:bulletpurple: Llama from founder and co-founder
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the featured folder
:bulletpurple: deviation put into the favourites folder
:bulletpurple: pencil chibi drawing by Geora
:bulletpurple: drawing from TheBugcatcher  and 2x3luffy


If you would like to be a judge or donate a prize, please comment below
Prize givers can still enter the contest but Judges cannot

deadline: November 3rd 10am (gmt)

Good Luck, Players

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There are guys who don't still learn.
Do you keep be cutting their own throats forever?
Learn from nanami's drama.
Learn from Q_ku's darama.
Learn from Famibun's drama.
Learn from roco's drama.

How many times do guys repeat the same mistake?
Why does no one scolded they?
This state keep producing tragedy.

Thank you that some people understand what thing is wrong and what is rule.

I know some oversea (not only Western) people keep the rules.
(I have stoped distributing for oversea people if I think that all of oversea people don't keep the rules. lol)
at least I distribute my models FOR SUCH PEOPLE WHO KEEP THE RULES.
"guys" that I wrote here are not such people.

You should scold your friend if she/he writes hints of password or breaks the rules.
It is the true KINDNESS.

[和訳 translation to Japanese]


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100 Drawing Challenge

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 24, 2012, 2:27 AM
  • Listening to: The Wishing Wife- Kate Rusby
  • Reading: A tiny bit marvelous- Dawn French
  • Eating: Much better these days.
  • Drinking: Not enough these days.

1.) Make 100 pics each pic having a theme listed below. Each pic should have ONE and only ONE theme to it, for it to count.

2.) No time limit so have fun

3.) The main picture should be drawn but not limited to. for all fair purposes, people are allowed to use their paint programs and photo shop to create the pic.

3a.) pics should be of own artistic ability. You may not edit photos, or break any other rules set out in the Da etiquette policy. Your pics can be anything from sketches and doodles to great master pieces. Just have fun with it.

4.) The list below is to be placed somewhere in your journal for others to see that……
A.)You are in the challenge
B.)What you have completed

5.) make sure to update this list and check off what is done and make a link to the pic

6.) In the comments for your art work note if it is part of the list and what ONE theme it is.

You are also welcome to contact me if you wish to buy any of these for yourself.


1. Introduction
2. Love
5. Seeking Solace
6. Break Away
7. Heaven
8. Innocence
9. Drive
10. Breathe Again
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Questioning
17. Blood
18. Rainbow
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. Vacation
22. Mother Nature –GOD's creation
23. Cat
24. No Time
25. Trouble Lurking
26. Tears
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Happiness
30. Under the Rain
31. Flowers
32. Night
33. Expectations
34. Stars
35. Hold My Hand
36. Precious Treasure
37. Eyes
38. Abandoned
39. Dreams
40. Rated
41. Teamwork
42. Standing Still
43. Dying
44. Two Roads
45. Illusion
46. Family
47. Creation
48. Childhood
49. Stripes
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Deep in Thought
53. Keeping a Secret
54. Tower
55. Waiting
56. Danger Ahead
57. Sacrifice
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Rejection
61. Fairy Tale…
62. Magic
63. Do Not Disturb
64. Multitasking
65. Horror
66. Traps
67. Playing the Melody
68. Hero
69. Annoyance…
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mischief Managed
73. I Can't
74. Are You Challenging Me?
75. Mirror
76. Broken Pieces
77. Test
78. Drink
79. Starvation
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. Can You Hear Me?
83. Heal
84. Out Cold
85. Spiral
86. Seeing Red
87. Food
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drowning
92. All That I Have
93. Give Up
94. Last Hope
95. Advertisement
96. In the Storm
97. Safety First
98. Puzzle
99. Solitude
100. Relaxation

I'll update this journal every time I complete one!

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As the creator of the fanloid, Zeito shion, I wanted to publicly express my distress with the misuse of Zeito on Deviant Art and Youtube. It has come to my attention that many Zeito abusers are not even aware that I feel this way so I wanted to make this public.

Now....before you say something like:

"Just because you're the creator of the character doesn't mean you can tell people how to portray their art!"

You're right. You are ABSOLUTELY right. I CAN'T tell any of you how to portray Zeito. If any of you read this and come to the conclusion

"I don't care what the creator thinks. I'm going to portray Zeito how I want!"

That is your right and I can not stop you.

The purpose of this journal isn't to stop people how they do their art. It is to publicly announce how I feel about the Zeito artwork I see and how I have always wished Zeito to be portrayed. That is all....

So with out further a due...

Zeito does NOT smile
Zeito is known for never showing ANY emotion upon his face. Read any of my fictions. Or look at any of my Answers for Zeito on the Shion family ask page. Any sort of emotion on his face, be it happiness, anger, or sadness is EXTREAMLY rare. I can not STAND seeing pictures of him smiling. It very much hurts me to see.

Zeito does not TALK
Any submission I see with Zeito uttering more than 1 word in a less than dire situation automatically earns my disapproval. Zeito's words are just as rare as his expressions. If a single thing is uttered from Zeito's mouth it should shock every one in the room. On his wiki page it's states he only speaks to Zatsune Miku. And even then, that is rare.

Zeito is NOT CUTE
Zeito is the gothic and depressed version of Kaito. He is not cute. If anything, he should be considered down right creepy. Anytime I see pictures of Zeito in any form of Neko attire / cute chibification while smiling like an idiot, I am NOT at all amused. I also dislike overly cute or moe models of Zeito. I dislike TDA edits of Zeito that portray him as cute or girly. I especially dislike the TDA Zeito edit by Rayne Ray because it does exactly that. Any deviation with that model make me very uncomfortable since it's automatically out of character due to it's cuteness.
Use it if you like, but I don't think they accurately represent Zeito's dark demeanor at ALL.

If you're going to make a Zeito picture or model edit, PLEASE remember his hair, makeup, and other unique traits
It really depresses me when I see pictures or model edits of Zeito and they're nothing but pure recolors of Kaito. Zeito is NOT JUST a recolor. He has hair ALWAYS covering the right of his face. He has dark gothic makeup all over his eyes. His scarf and coat are ripped and tattered. THERE IS NO GOSH DARN YELLOW ON HIS COAT! It's just black and RED! No other colors!
I understand if all of this is too hard for you to pull off on your model edits / pictures. But please at least ATTEMPT the hair T~T

Asterose made a wonderful Zeito model if you're looking for a Downloadable model that the creator approved of!
[MMD DL] Tda x YM style Zeito 1.0 [MMD Newcomer] by asterose

Please do your research
Here's Zeito wiki article which I made as detailed as possible for you.…
Here's a gallery of my favorite Zeito submissions.

Here's all his answers on my Shion family ask page

That should introduce you nicely to Zeito

Sorry for the vent guys, but it REALLY shocked me when I learned that no one knew I felt this way. Now you know. If you see someone misusing Zeito, please send them a link to this journal so they can decide if they want to continue portraying Zeito the way they do.
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  • Mood: Eager
12/29/12 - Published
09/19/13 - Updated video links
08/05/14 - Added PacP's video translated by ryukendo123

Please note that this tutorial is made by audiencefromspace as of 12/29/12 specifically designed for the 3D animation program MikuMikuDance and not any other animation programs. MikuMikuMoving has similarities with MMD but due to some changes with that it would be better to assume that this won't work with it. I made this with very limited knowledge I accumulated from my experience and other tutorials as well as NO PROPER SCHOOLING (Yes you can do it without going to any animation schools). I tested these theories myself over and over to ensure credibility. This will also assume that you at least know the basic functions of MMD, otherwise go watch the video in VPVP site again.

Terminologies marked with ASTERISKS are terms I just made-up to make them easy to remember
ex. Normal curve**

Also PacP made interpolation tutorials already a long time ago and it was not translated before. Now thanks to ryukendo123 it is now translated. This tutorial was made before the translation so there are bound to be differences.
[Video 1 link]
[Video 1 translated]

[Video 2 link]

The tutorial contains three parts and must be read in order for better understanding
  1. Part 1 - Interpolation Curve Tutorial [Current Journal]
  2. Part 2 - Random Information
  3. Part 3 - Motion Tracing



Interpolation curve is one of the most forgotten yet useful feature in MMD. Its main function is to correct the transitions between keyframes. The "smoothness" on the flow of the movements is only an effect of proper usage of this feature. If you tried animating in flash before, you will be at least familiar with the ease-in-out and "tweens" concepts as this will be very similar to that.

First take a look at the following motion data


On the left is a motion data with edited interpolation graph
On the right is the one with constant (default or without) interpolation. Notice that she stutters a bit and the one on the left is nicer to look at isn't it?
Both of these motion data are exactly the same and the only differences are their interpolation curves
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Q: Where is the graph located at?

A: It is found in the lower left of MMD's GUI shown in this picture below

Q: What are the X and Y in the graph for?

A: The Y axis represents the frame that will be shown. The X axis represents the time it will take to reach that frame.

Now let's take a look at the graph below. The blue box represents the horizontal line which is interpreted as slow movement. The red box means that on that point, it will take LESS TIME to reach a certain FRAME.

There's really no need to measure it, just remember that the more vertical the line is, the faster the movement will be. Imagine a roller coaster going slow on flat areas and fast on steep areas.

Q: How to use it?
A: First click on a keyframe. The keyframe will then become red as shown in the picture and then drag the red crosses on the curve to change it. If there's no keyframe for that timeline, register that particular bone first to create a keyframe.


Note: The affected keyframes are ALL frames before it until it reaches the previous keyframe which is the yellow un-highlighted dot on the timeline. It's possible to edit multiple keyframes' interpolation curves at the same time by highlighting them all before moving the red crosses.
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Constant Curve** - Like the name implies, the time and frame are directly proportional to each other. This is the default interpolation and the one we must not see in our motion data. Of course it's possible to use it on certain occasions

Launch Curve** - This is a slow-to-fast interpolation and used mostly by IK bones. A connector curve.

End Curve** - A fast-to-slow interpolation and used to designate last movement. Usually connected with launch curve. Mostly used by IK bones.

Normal Curve** - A slow-fast-slow interpolation and the one that MUST be always used. Normal bones always use this curve.

Middle Curve** - A fast-slow-fast and most of the time connected between launch and end curves. This is the rarest of them and the hardest to use.
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Copy – Copies the curve on the selected keyframe. It is not possible to copy different curves at the same time
Paste – Pastes the curve on the selected keyframes
Liner – Resets the curve into a constant curve
Auto Adjust – When checked, the program automatically creates interpolation for distances (X,Y,Z positions) for IK bones but automatically resets rotations. It's better to uncheck this if not in use or editing the curves

The drop down tells what specifically the curve is for
X, Y, Z axis move – These are the interpolation curve for the IK bones' movement in the 3D space.
Rotation – For rotations and the only one that affects normal bones.
Distance – Same for X, Y, Z axis move but this instead affects all of the three at the same time.
View angle – This is unique as it is for camera only. Despite the name, this is actually for Zoom and View angle perspective.
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What we really are doing by editing the interpolation is adding imaginary physics to our models. Think of them as having a certain weight

Also there's no need to make the curve as exactly the ones previously shown. Make different combinations and see which one works best on the situation.

And lastly Keyframes are absolute positions which means that no matter how you edit the interpolation curve, it will not exceed that point

Connecting interpolation curves with Launch, End and Middle curves will be discussed on Part 3
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I will post a changelog if there's any major changes in here. If there's any grammatical errors, difficult to understand or whatever just point them and I'll see what I can do. Also if you got any questions, I'll answer them as best as I can. Can be on note, comment or pm me on Youtube whichever works for you! (Don't email me)

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Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci couldn’t stand each other

You might think that the two artists, who both lived in Florence in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, could’ve learned from one another, shared secrets, or otherwise bonded over their mutual passion. Instead, each thought of the other as inferior. An anonymous Florentine author, known as the Anonimo Magliabechiano, observed a tense interaction between them that left an impression. Supposedly, some men were gathered debating a passage from Dante when they spotted Da Vinci walking by. The men waved Da Vinci over to them, his reputation for intelligence preceding him. As they began to pose their question about the writing, Michelangelo came passing by.

What happened next (and whether or not it happened at all) is up for debate, but the writer maintains that Da Vinci pointed to Michelangelo and said that he could explain the passage. Michelangelo, perceiving a slight, offered a gruff rebuttal: “You explain it yourself, you who designed a horse to be cast in bronze but couldn’t cast it and abandoned it in shame.” For the sake of charity, let’s assume that some of the humor of this exchange gets lost in translation; either way, it proves that neither of the artists were gifted insult comics.

Despite the wildly tangential nature of Michelangelo’s retort, it seems to have hit Da Vinci where it hurt. The writer: “Leonardo remained there, his face turning red.”

Whether or not this exchange took place, it is meant to be an emblematic example of the uneasy relationship between the two men. Moreover, there is plenty of compelling historical evidence that the feud between the artists was widely known. Case in point, the Florentine government commissioned Da Vinci and Michelangelo to paint frescoes at the Council Hall of the battles of Anghiari and Cascina, respectively, in the same year. Giorgio Vasari, a major historian from the era, makes it clear that this was meant to be a contest. Jonathan Jones, author of a book on the rivalry between Da Vinci and Michelangelo entitled The Lost Battles, illustrates this point. The Florentine government was betting that both artists would seek to outdo the other, and that the city would reap the benefits in the form of great civic artwork.

Jones also wrote in The Guardian of another contest between Michelangelo and Da Vinci

This one was unspoken, and the title at stake was Most Realistic Work of Art. This contest pits Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa up against Michelangelo’s David. Modern viewers have to make some allowances on Da Vinci’s behalf. Though it has been faded and damaged over time, Mona Lisa was making Da Vinci famous from the time that it was just a drawing. Many of his contemporaries hailed it as the most realistic painting ever created. On the other hand, even amateur art historians know the significance of David where lifelike sculptures are concerned. Jones never declares a winner between the two masters or their works. He simply points to the historical outcome.

Two years after being commissioned to paint the council hall in Florence, Michelangelo was invited to Rome to assume patronage under Pope Julius II.

This invitation would lead, conspicuously, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings, as well as many other prominent works. One account had Michelangelo burning all his initial sketches for the Sistine Chapel, wanting people to think that what they were seeing was his improvised first draft, his every brushstroke guided by angelic agency. Meanwhile Da Vinci kicked around northern Italy before moving to France to live out the last years of his life, never having completed the Mona Lisa or his Council Hall painting to satisfaction.

The Feud between Da Vinci and Michelangelo seems frivolous at best, especially when you consider that the contest it inspired didn’t lead to a single viewable work of art (the closest today’s art connoisseur can come is seeing copies of the concepts made by Peter Paul Rubens and Bastiano da Sangallo, respectively). That being said, rivalries between prominent contemporary artists are extremely common throughout history, and it’s impossible to quantify the extent to which competition has fueled or inspired new work.

But imagine, just for fun, what if Michelangelo and Da Vinci had been friends instead of rivals. You might reasonably conjecture that they’d have been commissioned to paint their Battles as partners instead of in competition. And perhaps we’d have one spectacular fresco, still intact in Florence, rather than the two incomplete, failed paintings that exist only as stillbirths crippled by vanity and jealousy.

Your Thoughts

  1. Do you have a preference for Da Vinci or Michelangelo?
  2. At what point does a healthy drive to achieve great things become a mania to be better than everybody else?
  3. Are you surprised to learn that “trash talking” existed between the big league “players” of the 15th and 16th centuries? Even between rival artists commissioned to “illuminate” scenes from the Holy Bible?

Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci couldn’t stand each other. You might think that the two artists, who both lived in Florence in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, could’ve learned from one another, shared secrets, or otherwise bonded over their mutual passion. Instead, each thought of the other as inferior. An anonymous Florentine author known as the Anonimo Magliabechiano, observed a tense interaction between them that left an impression. Supposedly, some men were gathered debating a passage from Dante when they spotted Da Vinci walking by. The men waved Da Vinci over to them, his reputation for intelligence preceding him. As they began to pose their question about the writing, Michelangelo came passing by.

Author: eawood
Curator: ellenherbert

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My Jackson Pollock Nine by DarkLinkFire

Just as Dada and surrealism had been the art world’s mocking response to the world’s failed progressive pretensions in response to the anti-human horror of World War I, the art movement that blew up in the wake of World War II’s repeat performance was “abstract expressionism.”

It was deliberatively non-figurative. It told the viewer no story. It was not meant to “mean” anything. It was no more than evidence of the artist still alive, surviving, still creating art in the wake of the second devastation of everything modernist and human. It’s bold declaration of art now being detached from meaning, narrative, historical perspective or progressive purpose made New York the new center of the art world. It’s boldest representative was Jackson Pollock.

Some critics complained about Pollock’s process of “drip painting” on canvases spread out on warehouse floors. He “attacked” the canvas from all four sides until he was satisfied with the composition. This, said critics, was “performance art” and that the finished artworks were of little value, as they were just souvenirs of the “art event.” Pollock replied that all his art only had value and meaning for him in the moment of completion.  This did not make the “old school” critics happy.

What should have been Jackson Pollock’s moment of vindication as an artist was also the beginning of the end of everything he was trying to express about art.

Pollock’s moment in the sun was four pages in the August 8, 1949 edition of Life (Magazine) headlined “Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”

LIFE (Magazine)
(Aug 8, 1949)

Pollock’s greatest works, his drip paintings, were created between 1947 and 1950. The Life (Magazine) article brought fame and celebrity into Pollock’s life. After 1951, he dumped the drip method and began experimenting with what were arguably more salable paintings, perhaps not coincidentally unrelated with his move to a more commercial high profile gallery. He may have sensed that the new demand from collectors was forcing him to make artistic compromises. Or he may have just been being crushed under the pressure to produce. But for whatever reason, this is when his severe, eventually fatal, alcoholism began.

In 1955, Pollock created his last two paintings

He spent 1956 making sculptures constructed of wire and plaster. On August 11, 1956, a drunken Pollock crashed his car less than a mile from his house, killing himself and Edith Metzger. Pollock’s mistress, the artist Ruth Kligman, survived the crash.

Jackson Pollock was a brilliant artist whose life is a study of complex and ironic contradictions. He championed the abstract expressionist cause of art being free of any “meaning” and artists being the anonymous creators of that “meaningless” art. And yet, his brilliant drip paintings still inspire art lovers’ lives and he was made a shining star of the “new art” despite his preferring to remain in the shadows. He fought to be a revolutionary artist struggling against all official academic maxims about the meaning and value of art. He sought to be a “pure” artist, true to his ideals, yet he began cutting artistic corners once the title of Abstract King had been bequeathed to him and needed to be defended.

Pollock hated the commercial aspects of art and the false values that defined any artwork’s worth, e.g. the fame and notoriety of the artist vs. the art itself. And yet he fell into the trap of living up to his hype once the money started finally coming in. How sadly common it is that the battering the egos of young artists sustain in their struggle for success leaves them too weakened to defend their most cherished personal convictions when success finally does arrive.

Your Thoughts

  1. Do you feel an artist should be trying to express a meaning, or even just evoke a mood or feeling, with the art he or she creates?  Or should art, as much as possible, be simply a stimulant or prompt for the viewer’s own unique personal response?
  2. Should art be “used” by the viewer as an inspirational aid in their work, or should it be a message to be deciphered or understood?  Or are both “consumer uses” of art acceptable.
  3. Is it ever possible for an abstract piece of art to be completely purely “meaningless?”
  4. What do you like or dislike about Pollock’s drip paintings?
  5. Who is your favorite abstract artist?  Can you explain why?

Do you feel an artist should be trying to express a meaning, or even just evoke a mood or feeling, with the art he or she creates? Or should art, as much as possible, be simply a stimulant or prompt for the viewer’s own unique personal response?

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