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I've been wanting to do a piece with a Rubik's cube in it for some time, but never liked any of the ideas I had come up with. The cube has been a major part of my teenage and adult life. It has also been an object of obsession inspiring my screen name "Cubecrazy2".


I still carry a cube around almost everywhere I go, as this image reflects that feeling of how I still feel after solving one.

The 6 spirits represent the 6 sides/colors on the cube. There's a lot of fun things going on here, and symbolism that I should explain...

I made the white spirit to represent the starting color I use when solving. I also made the blue guy kind of derpy to make fun of those that start with blue. This has been an ongoing joke between myself and several cube friends.

The formula that green spirit is writing happens to be the total about of combinations in the Rubik's cube. Mathematics and Color neutralists, have claimed a smaller number by taking into account rotations and reflections, but I won't go into that.

I used to compete, and theorize, but mainly now I collect and solve for fun. The cube is no longer this frustrating object to me but one that calms me down clears my mind. It's a fantastic tool that I still enjoy immensely.

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Jessica-Joy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this one!!! I think it is sooo amazing because it is rich with personal experiences.
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wolfgirl1022 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
chicago of corse
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wolfgirl1022 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol i got tht print and love it. im really glad i did. but hearing your backstory of it makes it tht much more special. and was tht your girlfriend with you at wizard world?
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Thank you so much!!! I appreciate the support! Yup! Phie and I have been together almost 5 months now. Did you have a good time at Wizard World?
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wolfgirl1022 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yes i did i really enjoyed it walking is a killer around that place though. lol. i realy love the jokes your girlfriend was telling they were funny. and no problem i feel pround to be supportful to all artists. ( you espically cuz your my fave artist ) hope to see you at C2E2 2013 and wizard world 2013 :)
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! My girlfriend was happy to hear you liked her jokes! Thanks again and I'll probably be at Wizard again but I'm not sure about C2E2 next year. I may only be able to do one chicago con in 2013 :(
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wolfgirl1022 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
kk cant wait to see u at wizard world and i hope u will be able to make it to C2E2 you r the best artist EVA just wanted to make sure i get tht across lol i hope i can order another print of yours soon my bday is a few days away so i hope ill have enought $$$ saved up to get one of your prints yea!! :D lol well hope to talk to you again soon
-WolfGirl
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, I really appreciate your kind words, Thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and I look forward to going back to Chicago!
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wolfgirl1022 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
No problem. i love giving positive feedback. and i had a wonderful birthday thank you and im looking forward to seeing you again soon. i have told all my friends and any instagram followers about your work and they love it. love gitting the word out there. lol
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CosmicNerdBoy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woow that's awesome. :iconiloveitmoreplz:
Having a great time playing, hehe
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much and will do!!
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CosmicNerdBoy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know what's more fascinating — your work here or the surprisingly interesting history behind it! I had no idea there was such an intense culture involving puzzle cubes...!
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah it gets really crazy... I had to restrain myself quite a bit... I could write all day about cubes XD

I think about a year ago, someone asked me "If you're so crazy about cubes why haven't you made any pieces with cubes in them?". Ironically, I used to put a cube in almost all my old pieces but since then I decided to tone it down and focus on original characters than an object of pop culture.

I love this new piece because the cube holds almost the least amount of dominance and the focus is the characters coming out. I dunno... I really had fun with this piece.
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Twitchy-Kitty-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you had fun with it — and it turned out fantastic :)
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RofoO Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work, i like the colors! :D:peace:
..and the monster that is writing. lol
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I appreciate it!
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nella-chan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow great use of symbolism! And I find it awesome people who just solve them for fun instead of frustration. xD And I must say, the orange has a very nice pocket protector. :3 Hehe.
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I've scratched this piece so many times but I'm so happy I finally made something I'm pleased with. Mr. Orange is might fancy *swoon* Hahaha!
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nella-chan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. ^_^ Haha, yes, indeed he is. :D
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KodiKat Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
^_^ This is perfect! Also fascinating insight on who you are!
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much KodiKat! Great seeing you at AI!
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KodiKat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   General Artist
^w^ hope I didn't creep ya out! Great see ya too!
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no, not at all!
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VlightPhase Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
This is awesome, I enjoy it a lot.
It's cool how you fit the symbolism in and how you found a way to express how much the Rubik's cube means to you.
I really like the white spirit, and how he seems to be opening the door for his friends.

Thanks for sharing!
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cubecrazy2 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I appreciate it!
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VlightPhase Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
No Problem!
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