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When You're Strange by Damalia When You're Strange by Damalia
I really like this illustration. It was originally for my gender illustration class as a commentary on the behavior of young girls, but it turned into a more general statement about the mistreatment of people who are different.

My class thought it was a racism thing, but the black sheep (in my podunk, midwestern way of seeing things) is more of a universal symbol for the outsider.

Acrylic on Board, 11x14"
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, nicely done, but sad!
IasminGloom Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Very, very, very deep.
Lara00 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can have my soul.
Jinxiwillow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I think that you did an amazing job here, and for people who don't understand it. I would simply explain it to them. And if they turn into haters, I would simply pray for them after that. I love the strong statement done with this picture. You did amazing work, and the moral is perfect.
MurderShannon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
ahhhh to be the *black sheep* of the family, I can totally relate to this. Very well done, racism didn't cross my mind when I saw this at all.....
BlackQuestant Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
such a beatiful piece <3
deneve2yooune Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I didn't think racism when I saw it. It didn't even cross my mind! I immediately thought of the 'outsider' idea!
Beautiful painting!
LaPifflePrincess Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Don't see the "racist" connection. I agree, your class probably needs a few hours out in the real world and out of that protective bubble.

I love how her ribbon is on her tail rather than around her neck compared to her "sisters". "Black Sheep" term used to describe and label people and family members who are different from the "herd", going against the grain... Brilliant! Instantly Favored!
Prader Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
AAAAAW:tears: Come here bahbah! :glomp:
X-FREAK1 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i agree with you........... black doesn't always have to mean "black"............
i like this illustration.............. it's good in its own symbolic way..............
SketchingInTheRain Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The white lambs are bein' racist! :U But this is cute! I want to hug the black lamb. X3
Shaliken Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
The black lamb is adorable. I want to hug it :)

Your class needs to get out and read more. The possible racist angle didn't even cross my mind till I read the artist comments. Instead, the point you meant to get across with this painting resonates instantly with me. Maybe because I was one of those odd ones people like to talk trash about and tease.

I still wanna hug the black lamb. So cute :love:

~Sun and Moon

AmayaTenjo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
this is beautiful
rababco Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, this is a beautiful piece! It's okay, I've always been the black lamb of the group.
bf901686 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful! keep up the good work. the piece definitely captures the sentiment you were trying to evoke.
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really love the emotion in this piece.
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Lovely art, and good statement! It didn't occur to me to be racist.
Blood-Huntress Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
You should have told them and asked them if they've ever heard of the black sheep in the family. The outsider and the "freaks" as many call the miss understood people of society and should have told them, this is actually what this painting means. :-)
Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aww. Well that lamb would be right at home in my house because all the pets i have and had were all outcasts or 'runts'.
Anyway I understood it as how girls treat each other.
C-Gear Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Well thats funny, when I seen this I thought of the symbolism of the Black Sheep, I didn't even think about racism.

BTW, love it completely, poor baby sheep.
Mollinda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
This has been featured here [link] :peace:
lovechild66 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
oh this is so sad, i have to show this to my poets!

Yoy have a wonderfull style and imagination.
7purpletangerines Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
awww how cruel. im going to eat the two white ones. :spork: nomnom.
TijonWolfsMajesty Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Ofb i literally wanna cry with him when i look at this. Amazing piece. And i agree with the black sheep being more universal. your message does stand out in this :)
SyLoBe Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally understood the message without reading the text. Itīs really well done, that scene is sad, even more when thinking it happens everyday.

About the painting, the texture is superb, I love how you did the mud in the black lamb fur!
YetiInPinkBoots Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hmm: :lightbulb: lets have the ones in pink for dinner! :evillaugh:
SENITA Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I ♥ it
Ranshiinsitha Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for drawing this, a lot.
narwhal-burgers Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Thank you for making this
lipazzaner Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student General Artist
ahhh poor little sheep
Vulkanette Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
I featured this fantastic work in my journal ;-) [link]
WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I have featured this amazing artwork ;-) [link]
WilliamSnape Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Awwwww... Amazing work! :clap:
khndez Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
own!! so sad but i rather the black lamb[i suposse is a lamb :$]
i think is cuter
wolfinmyheart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, little black lamb! Come here, I'll cuddle with you. :cuddle:
Pyr0Viper Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this picture seriously makes me want to cry. poor baby...

id give the other 2 to the wool factory. <-<
Pencil-Is-My-Sword Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Night-Forager Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   General Artist
Very nicely done and I love the message.
NimbleBun Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
yeah, any time something is at all black, its all of a sudden racist. Got the same treatment back in my art school. People are so 1D
soda-with-cyanide Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student General Artist
"When your strange
Faces rise out from the rain
When your strange..."
freeburgfreak Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Thats excellent and an excellent concept.
Everyone retorts to racism these days. It's this decade's Dominant social value.
BluePeace18 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Wow, amazing concept!
Celleno Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, great message (I didn't misunderstand it at all), and I love the details everywhere. Great job with giving character to realistic animals. :)
FlareAndIcicle Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful illustration of a very recognizable point! :love:
Nelrylia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
A statement made perfectly by it's delivery. I was always the outsider as a little girl, and even when I was doing my best to ignore being teased about my looks, what I liked, what I thought, I always felt a little bit like that little black lamb.

Wonderful picture~
Heyriel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
My god, how much I hate these lambs!!! :rage:
*hugs black lamb tightly*
yokuns Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What for a poor lamb :C
xWolfPackLeaderx Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh. It reminds me of Charlotte's Web 2 when Cardigan the black lamb gets made fun of by her herd :c this is cute yet sad, good job ^^
Nopeita Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Aw, how sad. Poor lamb. :c
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