Deviant Spotlight: Split's Shattered Fan Art
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Og-preview-deviant-spotlight-2 by seoul-childGo behind the scenes to learn more about the four talented deviants’ haunting entries into the Split Shattered Self Contest. Their approach to art will keep you captive as you learn about their thought processes and techniques!

Meet the Artists

Learn more about the techniques and thought processes that went into creating these scenes of internal struggle for The Split Shattered Self Contest!

Meet the Artists
Meet the Artists

Tell us about your piece: What struggle is being depicted, and why did you choose to illustrate this struggle?

“It’s difficult to answer this, my thoughts are rarely concise. I lock most of them away in the TL;DR dungeon.

I suppose it comes down to how much of yourself you want to share on a public forum? Even with the best of intentions, there is always “that guy”. The one that makes light of your pain, or feels better about himself adding to it. Or that other guy, the one with the advice… “worst vice is advice”. My art exists to help me. Giving people a platform to soil that seems counter productive. My demons don’t play well with others. I sincerely hope my doodle resonates with people even if it’s just a reflection of themselves.”


How did you create your artwork?

“Magic and fairy-dust.

Scribbled some concept stick-men for a few days before my inspiration finally kicked in. I usually dream my ideas. I suppose it’s when there is the least noise in my head. I did a graphite drawing of the idea. I prefer traditional media. I would have liked to paint this in oil but I don’t currently have the means to.

Somewhere along the way I felt a little frustrated with myself, scanned what I had and moved the whole business into Photoshop. The rest I drew digitally. My art is always evolving. I admire artist with a unique visual identity and cohesive portfolio… I’m still figuring myself out. Maybe I’ll get there someday?”


What was the thought process behind your artwork’s creative concept?

“This wasn’t a calculated effort. I didn’t read the brief and conceptualize as I would a commission, or browse through references until inspiration struck. From where do feelings flow? It starts in the heart.

There is only one other like this in my gallery. It was a feeling. A very complex one. I usually sit and pull apart the thing that is weighing on me to understand it better. Each of the elements in the drawing is an aspect of that. Maybe one day I’ll feel like sharing all the symbolism.”

How long did it take you to create your piece?

“I completed my work in 3-4 days, not like that I worked continuously on it but with intervals; like the first day, I did the whole drawing thing and then started with the colours in the next days. I painted the face first, then the bodies within the figure and then the whole figure plus added final details at the end.”


How did you create your artwork?

“I created my artwork using watercolours and a single colour of acrylics that was white. The paper I used was 300gsm watercolour paper, size A1.”


What was the thought process behind your artwork’s creative concept?

“My thought process was that I’ve to combine warm colours with cool colours. Warm colours like yellow, ochre, brown will represent nonviolent and peaceful environment whereas cool colours like blue, purple will represent misery, struggle, conflict, turbulent relationships. And there will be something in white which will act as a path to reach the warm area from the dark (that’s why I painted the stairs).”


Tell us about your piece: What struggle is being depicted, and why did you choose to illustrate this struggle?

“I wanted to focus less on Kevin’s attempt to suppress his personalities and instead explore a physical struggle between the different characters that inhabit him, as if they were individual entities with a desire to make their presence known. With Kevin’s body being depicted as a sort of battleground I hoped to highlight his helplessness.”


How long did it take you to create your piece?

“The piece took roughly three days to complete with one day dedicated to line drawing and two to the colouring process.”


How did you create your artwork?

“I started out drawing the 23 figures by hand with pencils and then fineliners (0.1 and 0.05 thickness). I wanted the tangle of bodies to have an intricate look to it, which would create a nice juxtaposition with the large empty spaces that surround it. For The Beast I wanted to do something a little different so I stuck to a simple pencil drawing relying on light and shade to give the figure its shape rather than the line work. After that I scanned the images and added the colour, lighting effects and the shape of the head in Photoshop. The eyes were an afterthought and I debated for a while on whether or not to include them. Ultimately I decided that they added an extra layer of creepiness so I kept them, dropping the opacity so that they were a little less noticeable on first viewing.”


Tell us about your piece: What struggle is being depicted, and why did you choose to illustrate this struggle?

“I wanted to show in my picture all the characters living in the head of one person. Someone is happy, someone is afraid, someone is enjoying the fact that there are many. I tried to imagine what the horde looks like. At the moment, the strongest individual came out, with the help of which the hero was able to defeat the tiger with his bare hands. And only the boy's personality looks at all this with mischief and interest.”


How long did it take you to create your piece?

“I found out about the contest one week before the end. The same day I went to see the movie Split. In a week I watched it 2 times. I drew a picture for 4 days and 2 nights.”


What was the thought process behind your artwork’s creative concept?

“At the beginning of the film I saw a picture of a multifigured composition and I thought how my work would look the same size. When I worked, I experienced a lot of different emotions—mostly positive!”



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spock2001's avatar
spock2001|Student Writer

I know the challenge has ended two years ago, but to leave my trace of a unwinnable challenge, i am diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and autism.

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Congrats to the winners <3
that was incredible
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Sagittarianism|Hobbyist General Artist
I think that, to a degree, everyone in the world has some form of mental illness. May not be diagnosable or official in any way, but a mental illness in today's society is traditionally seen as a weakness and since everyone has some crippling weakness in them - be it physical or mental, brought on by the past or by something inherent, something easily triggered or hard to bring out, whether it shows readily or is buried so far down that one may seem to not have emotions at all etc - Split may not only be about a diagnosable mental illness, but about something everyone feels inside them that represents an agonizing weakness or the last straw even for a "normal" person.

Split was an interesting film that I liked mainly because it's about strength and weakness coming together in two different kinds of tortured souls (both Casey Cook and Kevin Crumb had been abused by a relation in their childhoods) in order to survive their respective situations. The Beast alter had claimed Casey was "pure" because she had known suffering and, while I don't agree with that entirely, I believe a person just doesn't understand what Real Life is capable of until they've "suffered" in some way, shape, or form. Everyone has suffered at one time. Suffering can be as simple as being called a "poopoo head" on the playground or as complex as having a disease you don't fully understand how to cope with.

I suffer from Major Depression and General Anxiety Disorder, and while I have it controlled with the aid of some helpful medications, I do sometimes feel misunderstood by society with the stigma "medicated" and feel that no one should have to feel like a medication that helps control or reduce the effects of a disease is something of which to be ashamed. If anything, the people that realize they have a problem and choose not to do something about it even though they know it can be helped should be ashamed (unless of course, they are mentally incapable of such an action, for which a guardian or caretaker would then decide by proxy what is the best course of action for the afflicted).

I've been reading the comment section and feel that I think that taking opposing sides against this sort of contest or article is unnecessary. You can feel whatever way you want of course, but trying to destructively argue down the point is not helpful. I think debate is healthy, but that aggressive attacks against other Deviants for their views is unjust and unreasonable. I think, since we are all artists of some sort here, we are all capable of being triggered by one thing or another. But if you seriously disagree with someone on a point, first decide whether it is worth arguing about, and then plan out how best to support your point. My argument is backed up by personal experience and the second-hand account of the scenes in the film Split, and I have tried my best in wording it constructively, unoffensively, and somewhat impartially. I also want to make it clear that these are opinions and interpretations rather than stone-written facts, as well as suggestions for a healthy debate rather than an order or edict of some kind. I am by no means an expert in debate, but I have learned how and how not to successfully argue without a direct affront to a specific person. One must discover all the incorrect ways of performing a task before they discover one of many correct ways to accomplish a task. In my experience, I try not to use harmful and inflammatory terms or obscure and degrading vocabulary.

In the defense of those who are offended by this film: I understand it is discomforting to feel that your disorder or illness is wrongly-displayed. As for myself, I know that not all Depressive episodes lead to shock therapy or suicide and that not all panic attacks lead to agoraphobia or muteness. I understand that you feel misunderstood or aggravated by the manner in which the media portrays those with a mental illness. However, while it's okay to voice your opinion about it and make it clear that you feel offended, it must be remembered that it is indeed merely a fictional representation of a highly-sensitive subject that doesn't always make it into public knowledge. One must recall that at the beginning of novels and the end of films at the credits it always makes mention that the work is "a work of fiction and not based on real events, any character similar to actual persons, living or dead, is merely a coincidence and not intentional" (I believe that's more of a paraphrasing of the words than an actual direct quotation, but I assume you all understand what I mean). This is something we all need to remember.

In defense of those who are not offended by the film or its contents but have responded to those who are: I understand that you realize that it is merely a work of fiction and that it's meant purely for entertainment purposes. I understand that you do not see why some people are easily triggered to such a degree of emotion by this film. As for myself, I enjoyed James McAvoy's performance for what it was, an intense display of drama in a complex role. I understand that this does not present an accurate depiction of those with the diagnosable mental illness from which they may suffer. However, while it's okay to voice your interpretation of the film and your feelings on it, it must be remembered that some people are more heavily impacted by the scenes because they know the kind of suffering a person with any mental illness goes through in our society, and that downplaying their feelings or debasing their emotions by trying to convince them of the film's relative harmlessness can be seen as a mode of invalidating their thoughts or emotions and thus may feel like a direct attack on them. Try to think of it this way: just as they cannot convince you that the film was a downright offensive move meant to demonize or vilify a person with the depicted disorder, you may not be able to convince them of its harmlessness.

No, I am not trying to convince everyone to change their opinions, I am not trying to preach something I do not practice myself. I realize there may be those who will disagree with me or try to argue with me in the way they see fit. What I am trying to accomplish, on the other hand, is an education on civility toward those who disagree with you even if it feels they're completely wrong. Everyone deserves a chance at a voice that isn't normally heard, but we should all try to do so in a civil and diplomatic manner.

I welcome any constructive criticism or argumentative points in response to my long comment. Thank you.


TL;DR - "Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends?"

:peace:
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MrPurpleDork|Hobbyist Digital Artist
tomexton.deviantart.com/art/Su… this is my favorite one 
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All of these are absolutely amazing
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Hictor-scorpion|Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing !! ♥ 
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SerpentineRain|Hobbyist General Artist
wow :O
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krikaya|Hobbyist General Artist
Love the art and i loved the movie tbh
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This comment is for deepseaGT since apparently, he couldn't give me a real explanation and bailed out by blocking me:

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its literally in the first fuckin sentence can u fuckin read dipshit 
also dont call them triggered. as a DID patient they have every right to be mad abt a movie that demonizes people with the disorder.
and also "triggered"? really? u fuckers took a word for ptsd patients and turned it into a joke. 
go suck a dick you fucking asshole

And my kind response:
Demonizing? Yeah sure, no one can make fictions nowadays.
Com'on man, I've seen plenty of other horror movies that has gave the antagonists conditions such as borderline, depression, bipolar, and barely anyone gave a damn. Why is this fuss happening now? Ah please...

You're literally barking curses, didn't give me a real reason to explain yourself, and blocked me. I think I have reasons enough to assume you're completely triggered...
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RegalArtist|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favorite piece, because of the creativity in composition. The eyes, make this piece have a creepy level of intrigue that draws one into the work. The fact that the artist's understanding of what we naturally rationalize as humans (form, pattern and even faces) places well in the piece. His use of Pareidolia (whether knowingly or unknowingly) is what has me sold on this being the best piece out of the lot. Great work, and great use of artist psychology TOMEXTON.Clap 
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RegalArtist|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of my favorite pieces. why, because of the chaotic scene being depicted- where its dark, and the individual interactions between each depicted personality creates a very unique visual experience. The composition is very balanced and visually arresting. Clap 
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MarshMellott|Student General Artist
im shoOK
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:hellodarknessmyoldfriend: :hellodarknessmyoldfriend: :hellodarknessmyoldfriend: wutWot? Wot wat Wot ! Wot Emote 
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u wot Angry Bendy icon- F2U 
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CharmingAggravation|Hobbyist General Artist
There's a bunch of really spectacular art here!!
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Lynksdisease|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really fucking disrespectful.
thanks deviantart, you really know how to remind me how little i actually like this website.
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Why is it disrespectful again? If anything, it's raising awareness about DID.

There's always plenty of art about inner struggle, depression, heck, even schizophrenia and no one gives a damn, but there appear to be a fuss about this specific syndrome.

My young sister has DID and she actually said looking at all these pieces of art and the artists made her to be flattered to see someone else recognizes her condition. There's plenty of people here losing their shits and they don't even know or have this condition, Jesus......
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Lynksdisease|Hobbyist Digital Artist
dear god dear lord dear muscular man with a beard or a sword
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fallout27forever|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
F U!!!! This website is amazing and a wonderful chance the express your self and you passions. Most importantly, don't say anything if it isn't nice. I'm tired of people going on website or on peoples accounts and completely trashing it. Why are you here if you don't even like this website? If you don't like it then get off! It's fine to make helpful comments to possibly improve someones work but how is this helping anyone?
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Lynksdisease|Hobbyist Digital Artist
bad reply mon ami
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fallout27forever|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, sorry about that I got a little ragey and I had a bad day so I apologize. 
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fallout27forever|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose that this may not have been the best use of their space but still
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