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The Underground Man

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"I am a sick man...I am a spiteful man."  In my opinion, those opening lines from Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground rank right up there with "Call me Ishmael" in the ranks of great first sentences.  I read the book in high school, and it's always stuck with me.  Even though the protagonist is not an adolescent, it reads as an angst-filled, existentialist, adolescent rant.  It's deeply, intensely psychological and WAY ahead of its time.

This picture started as a doodle when I was on a conference call.  I liked the composition, so I re-drew it, this time using a reference for the face (see below; the photographer is the wonderful sandas04, who takes amazing B&W "street" pictures.  Please check his work out).

The title just came to me after I finished the picture. I was trying to capture a feeling of alienation, but the original working title was "facebook".

Done with black ballpoint pen.  Reference photo:
Summer Dreams by sandas04
Image size
600x741px 321.13 KB
Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-TZ1
Shutter Speed
10/20000 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
5 mm
ISO Speed
80
Date Taken
Aug 15, 2014, 4:56:46 PM
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So this was his mental state, No wonder he looked a bit worried, Many thanks Clap