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And now for something completely different ...

This is intentionally a rather nausea-inducing piece, meant to reflect the weird mood and possibly growing insanity of the protagonist, only known as 'The unknown girl' (there are more studies of her in my gallery).

I really recommend looking at the full view for this, in small view it's just a mess. I kept the text captions in there because I felt it would be incomprehensible without them.

It's an excerpt from a really strange comic work and story that I started many years ago and which I get back to now and then. The style of this is a lot different from Shrike [link] notably in the keeping of black outlines lines and the (mostly) lack of colour.

Initial sketch in MyPaint, finalization in GIMP.
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Griatch
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Well, I think you've done it again. This is a really well executed piece with major visual impact.

Vision: I understood immediately what was going on before reading the text. I didn't know if it was internal (as suggested by the text) or possibly caused by a drug in her drink, but I knew that the girl's perceptions were chaotic and inaccurate. This treatment and techniques brings this home powerfully.

Originality: I gave you a 3 because this concept of un-level, doubled vision is a familiar one from movies, TV, and comic books. OTOH, it's a very effective visual metaphor, and if it's not broke, don't fix it.

Technique: The gimmick of this piece (copied and skewed background layers) is very well done. So is the girl, particularly her jacket. Little clues, like the ill fitting coat sleeves, suggest to me that this girl is on the run, or possibly homeless. She's having to make due with what she can find/get/borrow, and maybe it's not really enough.

There are three figures in the booth behind the main figure. The one on the viewer's right really bothers me. It took me a while to figure out what I was looking at. The placement of shadows on this figure makes it look deformed, particularly in the neck, face, and chest. The background in rendered a bit loosely, which works well for this technique. However, the figure in question is very near the center, and near the focal point of the piece. This has the dual consequence of making her less blurred by doubling, and making her more easy to notice because she's in the periphery when one is viewing the girl in the foreground.

Impact: As I mentioned before, the chaotic and confused nature of the scene was strongly and immediately apparent.
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Sylverone Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The inner dialogue of the protagonist is really reminiscent of  the mindset described in the book "Inside the Criminal Mind". Not that a criminal mind is the only cause of this sort of thought, per se, but if you want to convey that this character's mind is in high-risk territory, you're doing a good job. ;)
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ShariEl-Amir Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The effect is astonishing, well done.
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camoArt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Wonderful... That efect as a mirror of her soul is hard core.... You are realy the artist.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I myself like how the effect came out, glad you like it too!
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camoArt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Hi,
I would like to ask you how you reached that efect. I know its your know-how but maybe you give me an answer.
Have a nice day!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi,

If I remember correctly, the effect was achieved by creating a copy of the image in a separate layer, then in GIMP applying a "Motion Blur" of the "Radial" form on this layer. I then selectively deleted the upper layer to bring out details such as the girl and certain features that looked too distorted to the sides.
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camoArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Thanks a lot.
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jayrew Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Ive just all wise liked this 1 a really lot and just love the noise effect around Her.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad to hear that. Thanks for the fave too! :)
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mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Very nice!The mood is very well reflected in all of this and I like how focused on the girl it is.
Plus,it really does remind of those little 'just-got-out-of-the-car' nausea moments,at least to me :s
Meaning this is just really well-done :)
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, getting the focus right was a big aspect of this, so glad it shows. Thanks a lot for the comment and fave!
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Griatch
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jayrew Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
wow that is so awesome how did you get that effect for the background ? that is cool.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! The entire image was painted normally first (all details, shadows everything). That's by far the largest part of the work. Then I made a copy of the image on a separate layer and applied a "motion blur" filter on it, centered on the woman. I did this a few times. This will mess with the entire image though, not just the edges. So I next delete selected parts of the "blurred" layer to show the underlying original image. This makes the center sharp and the edges progressively skewed.
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greaterorlessthan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did a great job with this. Not only in the obvious tilt of the picture and nausea-inducement, but also in the texture of the main character -- it's really eye-catching! I also really like how glossy that table is. Great job!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! It's a rather different image in style from most my work so glad you like it. :D
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Dementedsnake Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn, this is awe-inspiring. That's how I feel most of the time. Cool piece, fav'd.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Strangely enough you are not the only one who've said they feel like this most of the time. Seems this image did hit some chords with people. Glad you like it, and thanks for the fave too! :D
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Jagged88 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I really like the scene and the characters expression you captured, amazing work.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool, glad you like this weird little scene! :) Thanks for the fave!
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Barbiesocks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Digital Artist
Nice Work Gritchy
I really like the details of her clothes, with the buckles and all :3 good work :D
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Barbie! Dark and gloomy, just your thing eh? ;)
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ecurbsemaj Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Thought I had my glasses on wrong at first. Very emotive piece, unfortunately there are too many of us that feel alone in the crowd, unfulfilled as it were. I guess it could be likened to water water everywhere and not a drop to drink. This kicked my mind into gear, and for that I thank you.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I guess everyone might feel alone in the crowd at times.
Glad this kicked your mind into gear!
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SSRMNM Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Wow, had to rest your eyes a lot in the making? :P
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, nearly gave myself a headache too. ^_^;
Thanks for the comment and fave!
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JonnyMarvel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
nicely done
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Very deep, very emotional, very good.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, this is what I was aiming for. Glad you like it!
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soli-deo-gloria Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome use of awesome tools. thanks for sharing your work!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool thanks!
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Griatch
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blazingamer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O funky. Just so you know, I feel that way when I'm really sleepy ;) Maybe she just needs a little pickmeup.

Nice work as always Griatch, always improving.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, maybe some coffee will do the trick! ;) Thanks for the fave and comment!
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Xentalion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Reminds me of Serial Experiments Lain. And that's a good thing! :D
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Songwind Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's it! I was trying to figure out what that background color was reminding me about.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I saw Serial Experiments Lain last year or so. That's one weird anime. Didn't consider this when doing this image, but I guess the mood might be similar, interesting. :) Thanks for the fave!
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Griatch
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EdgeDrifter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I'm warning you know Griatch, I'm going to create a talent stealing syringe and you will be one of my very first victims of this terrible device.

I actually have a character who suffers similar problems in one of my story sets (story set in ED speak means tangible but unwritten plotline). So I think you captured the feeling of it exceptionally well. You've got a hand for absurd representations and I can only congratulate you on that.

I'm more of a writer which brings up a funny story where I once made a character do something so telling of his mental state that my friend subconsciously traded the word "lick" for "like" in her next sentence.

Great work Griatch.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ouch, I'm not afraid of syringes, but that does sound nasty. ;)

I know what you mean with "tangible but unwritten plotline", I have way too many of those lying around. ^_^; The advantage of having many plotlines (story sets ;)) going is however that they cross over between each other and can be a steady source of inspiration. Thanks for the fave!

Would be interesting to hear what your character did to have viewers change 'lick' for 'like'. :D
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Griatch
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Parady Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
The comic style is really nice , insanity yes ! :)
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Insanity indeed. :) Thanks for the fave!
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