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Corona 2

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Ink on paper.

Wherever you are, be safe;  be careful. 

Corona 1:

Corona 3:

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BezumetsHobbyist Traditional Artist

I like this job. not just because a familiar plant. it’s just so gentle, on the one hand “flesh”, and on the other - a danger. And I like the form, it’s comfortable to be inside, you can gain strength. nice feeling. reliable protection.

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Thank you so much, a lovely comment; I really appreciate it.. the idea came from the shape of the virus reminding me of chestnut shells, and of course the idea of safety and protection. Also I was thinking if society would be changed by the virus, in a way, the virus would give birth to a new form of human.. Homo sapiens coronatus

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I wouldn’t think it was a virus. I see this picture quite differently. closer to nature.

I do not like topics about what people "created". In my works, I wage war on humanity, with their deeds that harm nature.

here I found for myself the theme of a natural, but not a virus, revival.

however, I am interested to see such a version, unusual.:heart:

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The way I see it, viruses are part of nature too:) and in the past they have been bringers of great social change. But this isn’t really a political piece.. if anything it’s more psychological and introspective :) ..

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partially yes. but I doubt that it was the "crown virus" that was natural. although for us it will remain a mystery.:zombie:

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wow this is a very creative piece
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Thanks!! :boing:

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ChobekHobbyist Traditional Artist
I enjoy many aspects of this....  The image is more ambiguous for me than Corona 1, and I like that I can tap into the mood of the piece without knowing the specifics of the virus. It makes the image personal and emotional for me .... where I felt the last image was perhaps closer to social commentary  or even slightly political ( not to take anything away from it) ...........this feels like experience rather than prediction(if that makes sense.) .... not that I don’t see forward looking fears as well. 

For me... she is in as an organic thorny shell.... it is thick and protective and outwardly dangerous ....from her position she is safe ... but there is such a sad sweet edge to that safety. She is cut off from experience and choice and life .... like in hibernation.... 
but also I see a seed ... with the combination of the shell and her curled fetal position I feel like there is a stifled fertility ...waiting and lost in a sea of black uncertainty.....
:)

I also like her feet.... you always have cute feet :) 

Hope you are holding out ok :) 

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Thank you chobek!  Awesome comment..  this one really struck a chord with you, that’s incredible and very pleasing.. I wanted that sort of ambiguity that you describe., and the themes of protection and confinement are obviously around at the moment..  I do like the idea that she’s dreaming of better times, both before corona and after.. that she’s like a baby about to be born into a new world.. maybe corona is the pregnant womb .. IDK I haven’t really thought it through and probably best not to! :giggle:  it’s more about feelings than ideas..  Thank you so much for your sensitive and personal reaction, I really appreciate it.. I’m doing fine; I hope you and your nearest keep safe and well :thumbsup:

I like the feet too :D
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MasterLurkerProfessional Digital Artist
Stunning work, as always my friend :clap:
Hope you and all yours stay safe ;)
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montycrusto Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind thoughts! :D
have a great day!
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MasterLurkerProfessional Digital Artist
Always :D
You too ;)
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Sabz0rHobbyist General Artist

The Corona shell keeping us apart...

The lady is so lovely and delicate,it looks as if she's napping and waiting for better days..

Love the sweet vibe in this one, not sure why but it gives me a calm feeling.

Great background work, the layered charcoal casting a shadow of the shell, makes me think of water :love:

Wonderful work :clap: :heart:

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Thank you so much Sabina! Yes, napping and waiting for better days, exactly... perhaps she is dreaming of the future, drifting through space.. I’m glad you find it calming..

the background is all ink :dummy: I was trying to make a lovely swirling effect like you do in your works.. but I’m a cabbage

:meow:

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I'm amazed to read it's all ink in the background ! I never managed to get this texture you did :O It's looking perfect ! There's barely any marks left by the brush even though I believe you worked with a dry paper?

When I do my swirly stuff I go for wet in wet. ( i hope that's what you mean though, like i did in the mermaid/fiend? ) Besides the wet in wet i use different concentrations of ink to water, it's hard to have a wide range of values without having grey added to it. I also learned that less is more as I can never predict how far the black ink will spread :D

But the background you got here is just perfect ! No cabbage :spank: ! There's this lovely pattern on the bottom side of the artwork where it feels like the paper had some oil and inks didn't stick, looks so pretty ! :love:

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Yes I think I am using the wrong ink and the wrong paper haha.. the ink I used is fountain-pen ink (for writing).  The bottle says black but it’s actually dark blue.  And the paper is thick printer paper , thin card really, which is super-smooth so sometimes the ink skates over and sometimes sinks in.  Very unpredictable.  I should use Italian Penelli paper, French gouache and Indian ink, like G****z. :laughing: of course then I would have to charge 33.5 million dollars:rofl:  next time I’ll try proper art paper, cartridge paper at least, it would take the ink better.. anyway the background is not quite what I wanted but I don’t mind it too much.  Could have done with more resistance perhaps some wax or something to make the ink do something more interesting.  Thanks for your input!  
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Hmm , I think it has enough granulation for this , I find granulation to be a bitch many times , I love it in forest works where all the lines can get crazy but hated it with water, it gives a sort of too precise feel, gets a tad repetitive , mathematical, which in my opinion doesn't work very well with how water acts. You achieved a lovely background considering the paper you used :love: You used everything you have to your advantage and that's what great artists do !

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Haha more like muddled along with no idea what I was doing! I will try different ink and paper :dummy: anyway I’m reasonably happy with this even though it turned out differently than I expected;) I think the ink I got is pretty useless, I really need some proper Indian stuff :omg:
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Well... The first bottle of ink I got lasted me one year. I still got the white ink I bought 1 and a half year ago, it's still half full :D So I think investing in two bottles of ink is not a bad idea if you like this type of background work. The white one I have is Dr.Ph.Martin's Bombay White India Ink and it's amazing ! So I guess the black one from them would be as good ( I got some shitty Pelikan black ink that turns to dark blue as well :giggle: )

Whatever you use though, your art looks amazing :love:

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Ok I am butting in :) hello...( I should have read your comments before I wrote mine :) I kind of repeated what you said .... and struggled to do it  ) 

but about ink..... I just bought some Acrylic inks .... just started to play with them.... have either of you used them before? There are things I like and don’t care for with them.... they seem too flat in a way..... like they miss out on that mysterious infinity ink sometimes has .... but they are really nice to work on top of. 
Just looking for opinions.... normally I use Higgins ink...
:)

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montycrusto Traditional Artist
You’re so nice :love: I’ll get some Bombay white ink to play with :)
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chain-manHobbyist Digital Artist

And here I thought the virus is all just a bunch of proteins, enzymes, and RNA... :-O

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Ah well that’s just a clever disguise.. if you look really carefully you’ll see they have little naked women in them :D
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chain-manHobbyist Digital Artist

I am always amazed how beautiful Nature is at all scales :-)

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