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Memories Of Feeling
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Published: December 12, 2014
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EDIT: Wow! I got a DD!! OMG! Thank you DA, and thank you everyone for your comments and praise! Getting a DD was on my bucket list - never thought I'd actually get one!

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A few months back I found myself reading Neuromancer by William Gibson. I was totally blown away by the book and have since gone on to read a number of his other novels. I really love the the cyberpunk world that Gibson conjures up and I felt inspired to paint something from that rich and gritty universe.

A particular image from Neuromancer that I couldn't get out of my head was the description of a bartender called Ratz and his prosthetic arm: "It was a Russian military prosthesis, a seven-function force-feedback manipulator, cased in grubby pink plastic". For some reason this imagery stuck with me, and it became the core subject and inspiration for this painting.

I was keen that my painting should echo Gibson's 1980s view of the future, and therefore the technology should seem beyond our time but have a retro feel for a modern audience. I designed the robotic arm to be functional but awkward and clunky looking. I felt that to be realistic the arms required a power source that the user must carry around - implanted. The wiring and cables are untidy and exposed, and the ribbon connector to her head is inspired by the old peripheral connectors that you used to see on printers from the 80s and 90s.

The whole prosthesis installation is functional but not pretty, except for the metallic-pink paint job. This, I hope, captures the essence of cyberpunk.

Reference and inspiration: Photograph of Basia Szkaluba by Errikos Andreou (www.errikosandreou.com)
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SuperMooshroom's avatar
SuperMooshroom|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you know that your art was used in this video?: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1ueVq…
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dntheo's avatar
This looks like a character I created for one of my books. If you don't mind, I'm going to use your art as inspiration!
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Sooo f***ing awesome. Now I have to read this novel.
Thank you for this amazing artwork!
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this is simply awesome! 
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killzoomer|Student Digital Artist
love it!!
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really appreciate the comment. Thanks.
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manfishinc|Professional General Artist
This is amazing!
I love the detail and the concept
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey. Thank so much :)
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I fav this one awhile ago but never commented on it...nail'd it
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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DMarsela|Professional General Artist
Wow! Beautiful mechanisms)
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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kismetrose|Hobbyist Writer
This is truly wonderful in its detail, shading, and emotion.
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it.
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Jans-art|Professional Digital Artist
Breathtaking, congratulations! Clap 
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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oilybeauty| General Artist
Wow this is fantastic. I have a similar body and hair style, and I have a robot band called the attackbots who when i'm with i essentially think of myself like this, except with blue hair. i like the relative gender ambiguity since i'm a trans girl so i straddle such lines.
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blumilein|Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: Really amazing work!
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Comment appreciated :)
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inception8|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic. Also read that book myself back in the early 2000's.
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nancekievill|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it.

I think for a book that was written in the 80s, it holds up pretty well.
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