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Close-up I; Close-up II

Fourth instalment to the Android Series:





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Good-bye my empty heart
The ship takes you away far from me
Yes, I knew from the start:
You were not the one to protect me

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Beyond the coldest grave
There must be something I can believe in
It's only once a game



Sail Away
Music by Kenji Kawai


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Thank you my husband Keith `zerocomplex and my dear friends Sam ^sphilr and Gillian *lolitaAgogo for your constant encouragement :heart:


First of all: YES. It is a funky perspective. I in fact laboured intensively to get it looking the way it does now. It is extremely challenging to create a warped look without digital aides, although the process is much more satisfying. Pushing a few buttons and moving a mouse around gives me no gratification.


Also, this guy is larger than the others, and as such took way longer as I had to wait for certain areas to dry before I could even proceed. All in all about 2 weeks. I've lost count of hours...


I am very happy with how the series is progressing. It's very interesting, placing this and "Follow Me" side by side and observing all the subtle nuances and connections that I had not even intended.


Hope you enjoy this and more from this series.


Thank you so much for looking! :iconkissmeeplz:




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What is it about traditional art that makes us go insane? Could it be the sheer level of detail or imagination as other artistic mediums before it, or could it be the fact that the tools use to create it are not as advanced as their computerized counterparts. In either case you cannot deny that "Sail Away" by snowmask is not a true work of art in every sense of the word.

The detail in this piece is sublime and highlights even the slightest curves in either of the robotic figures displayed before the viewer. The woman, bearing a striking resemblance to snowmask herself, looks amazing both in detail and concept. The strange angel like figure lifting her into the air is well designed too. His arms carry the same robotic style as the snowmask android and carries a nice shade of blue on him that makes him stand out a bit more between the two.

Color usage has a strange hallowing feeling to it, with a feeling of super-naturalism to it. They flow gently like the breeze beneath the techno-angel's wings.

As one looks upon the image, the word transcendence seems to just shout out at me. The feeling of leaving the world behind to an unknown future represented by the angel lifting you into the air and having one final look upon such memories before having to relinquish them, as shown by the heart. But then again that's just me.

All in all, another great piece by snowmask. Congrats again Katie!
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8 out of 8 deviants thought this was fair.

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It's a quality when an artist feels their work is always on the brink, and sometimes you have to respond with diligence rather than hesitation when eying the future of your own work.
You approach it with too much gravity on impact in some occasions. Your paintings are remarkable in that they perceive the world in surreal factories of brilliance and exactness. The stories are crystal clear. Don't be afraid of being passionate, and don't focus your energy on anything other than what's in front of you. You'll become enveloped and your awareness of such things will never require your thoughts wondering into the realm of viewers or interpretations. Your friend John is right, paint the truth, and the canvas will speak your bias without mention. This is a truly amazing progression, and the definition alone doesn't encompass your true talent as a story teller and architect of future ambitions. Keep painting and be diligent, allowing me to hold onto those hesitations and always reminding you of why I love you so much.

So yeah, it rocks like a balloon bouquet.

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joolz1337 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
WOW!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow:
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shadowlord19 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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naphtali Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Wow, how stunning! I'm liking the differences in design between the male and female android, the faces in particular. I think it's interesting how the female has normal human eyes while the male's eyes are a solid color. I think the female's eyes really help draw the viewer in while the solid blue eyes of the male give him and extra sense of coldness. Also I like how gritty the background is while the two figures are rendered very precisely and smoothly. Awesome work!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking the time to view this and for sharing your thoughtful words :hug:
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Very nice work here.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart:
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
You're welcome.
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Lead-Dogfox Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
absolutely gorgeous...amazing work!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Pr5cious Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Nice!!!!;)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you <3
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Pr5cious Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
welcome;)
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DGKD Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting concept, very pretty
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like the funky perspective. :D Also, you just generally have great sensibilities when it comes to art.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear :hug: Very happy you enjoyed this!
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melanierogers Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Hello, This has been featured here ~ [link]

It is a journal for a friend who is graduatig high school tomorrow. Thanks!

I love your work. :heart: But, you already know that.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: you are too kind. Thank you so much! Congratulations to your friend :heart:
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melanierogers Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
:iconyvw4plz: I'll make sure she knows you sent a special congrats.

She is ... :iconbitexxher: = bitexxher, here in dA
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I've seen your android series, and I think this is the best one yet. :D Nice work!! I love it.
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snowmask Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is actually so far my favourite :heart: But then I do like each new one as I progress through the series :P Thank you for taking a look!
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FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
No problem! Thanks for sharing your art! :D
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fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Stunning work Katie! I think I have a new fav from you now :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Fiona, means a lot to me that you enjoyed this :heart:
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Ayhe Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in an awe with this illustration, you are doing something that would make Jung very jealous :giggle:
I like the way you express your feelings, in a very unique style :love:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
JUNG :blushes: You have a way with flattery ;) Thank you so much for your constant encouragement!
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Ayhe Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will always give my best wished to my favourite artists :heart::hug:
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666infernus999 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist
very cool =)
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
I love this. I enjoyed "looking over your shoulder" as you worked on it. Thanks for sharing those shots.

Hope you show us your new studio when you get it just the way you want it. Sounds like that is going to be a masterpiece too.

Your images are always unforgettable.

I have faved hundreds of different genres by now. But Sea Wings was one of the first I "collected" here in dA.

Once I've studied any of your pieces, they always stick in my head. There is something special about that quality. I admire many many pieces of art, but only a few stay with me the way yours does.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm ALMOST done with my studio! I just took a photo today, and a video, and am processing them right now :nod: When it's done I will definitely show it! It took a lot of planning to get it just the way I want :)

You probably have no idea how happy I am just reading your encouraging words... thank you so much. I'm actually redoing "Sea Wings" in oils!
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Oh WOW! "Sea Wings" will be stunning in oils. I'm excited for you. For everyhing going on.

I've been overwhelmed with all the friendship and creative energy I found here in dA. I do not know how you keep up like you have. I am always surprised when I get a personal note back from you.

Recently I put a watch on your husband. I didn't say anything. He gets back to people, even when all they do is pop in on him like that.

I was going to write him and say I've been watching your work, that I love Sam's painting of you that Sam did for your b'day last year, blahblah...

But you guys have such busy lives, so I skipped it. He came back with a "hello" and :)

That tickled me, so I sent gizmo over to say hello back. :icongizmoplz: I like to play with the plz things. ANyWhO...

I know you are headed to Hong Kong soon.

So, happy B'day early...It is almost your birthday month. Right?

I think, in a few hours it will be "YOUR" month. I wish for you, more than you could hope for or imagine, in the coming year.

I know you will be swamped when the actual day gets here. So, take this as very early, or VERY late. Haaa

:iconcakepinkplz: mel
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My apologies for being one month overdue in responding :hug: was away on a trip :)

Well it's actually quite easy, managing here on dA. Especially having been here for 9 years... one just grows accustomed to a system :nod:

Haha my husband does get that a lot... sometimes it can be quite asinine :P glad you enjoy his work as well! He'll be producing more as the year progresses. We've both just been so busy.

Also thank you so much for your kind birthday wishes, I had a lovely one! :heart:

Stay in touch <3
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
For the b'day wishes...

:iconglitterplz: :iconyourewelcomeplz:
:iconhahplz:

I'm in the process of turning about half of my house into a variety of studio spaces for all the different mediums I am looking forward to exploring. I've finally narrowed it down to a reasonable number of things to try. I wanted to experiment with everything I saw, and one lifetime just isn't long enough for that.

For the next year at least, I am going to stick close to 2-dimensional art forms. [And interior design for myself]

Maybe I'll even attempt oils.
I've toyed with several new things since I found dA.
I'm even changing
exterior color scheme of my HOUSE paint, and planning to add...

:iconbutterflyplz: :iconnaturedivider1plz::iconnaturedivider2plz::iconnaturedivider3plz: :iconcardinalplz:

...new accent colors with landscaping.

My taste is changing. I'm turning to golden colors and bright orange, pale coral and rich pinks. Those used to be my least favorite colors. I'm even going to paint my front door a golden yellow.

Then I will return to my watercolors and see what happens there, after soaking up all the creativity I've found here in dA.

I will keep in touch. Thanks. :iconbummiesplz:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds really cool, the plans you have for your house. You're interested in pottery/sculpting, for instance? My husband is looking into setting up his own studio space here, or rather a dark room.

Oils is the most forgiving medium. I think you'll enjoy playing around with it :nod:
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melanierogers Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
TRUE pottery/sculpting may be the only thing
I hadn't started collecting supplies for.
Don't tempt me -- :iconteaheeplz:

I had plans for garden mosaic items,
and alternate sculpture. Collecting things for bases was a fun hobby.

I love the dreaming, sketching ideas, and FINDING odd things with "potential"...

I had bins full of wool I prepared for felting. My main interest was making handbags and totes, for a variety of purposes, including laptop carriers. I sent my dryer to an early death, shrinking wool clothing.

I thought of making mosaic pet urns, even offering to incorporate items in partially finished ones. To add bits from things the person gave me, from their pet's bowl, or some items that meant something special. Pets give so much love and health to people. Putting them down is a hard thing, and I thought it would help people say goodbye. Not everyone understands how strong these bonds are.

I love pique assiette, and became a scrounger of ALL kinds of things. Not just plates.

I collected beads, semi-precious stones, broken pottery, less than perfect antique items, ETC. for jewelry and for decorating handbags and clothes. Loved the idea of deconstruct/reconstruct...for making even "vintage people" dolls.

Assemblage art, large and small, for all size creations. I had cast-off drawers to use as housing for wall hung assemblage. The little shrine art to yard and garden size creations. I wanted to make hanging mermaids and sea creatures, using heavy wire and larger pieces of glass. Indoor and outdoor stuff.

Around this time last year, I buried a very sharp, very thick, curved shard into my calf. I decided to call the scar my "shark bite". They had to do something called vertical mattress stitches. Took a couple of hours to sew my leg up. [side story]

Painted furniture, mosaic covered furniture. That isn't even all the things, but you get the idea. Plannng, collecting, sorting, trying to keep my organizing ahead of my finding...

I had to use some psychology on myself. Did you see "A Beautiful Mind" movie? My belief that I could someday turn all this stuff into these visions of creativity, I had to face was a kind of "art schizophrenia". Just as "they didn't age" (reference the movie)

,,,all my lovelies were NOT turning into art. I lost track of my furniture under the piles of wonderful possibilities. That is why it has taken me so long to restore order to my home, and life.

It helped me, to find artists who actually DO the art I had collected for. I feel like I was a part of the art process after all, even though I had to give away, donate or consign away -- so I might have a chance to find and use SOME of it.

I have been working on the UN-collecting process for about a year now. Quite a struggle for a complusive hoarder. It helped, when I recognized that is what I was = compulsive hoarder. And, for example, it helped as I watched happy artists carrying away all my pre-nipped and gorgeous smashed stuff -- the real mosaic artists, who will actually make the stuff I only envisioned.

I still have some antique textiles and other tidbits I haven't parted with. And a whole art deco mini wardrobe full of jewelry making possibilities.

For now, I'm trying to focus on the less bulky mixed media and two dimensional art.

In my college days, I even messed a little with the old-fashioned dark room stuff. There are interestsing groups here in dA using alternate processing with film. There are so MANY interesting groups in dA.

Until I broke my back, neck and tailbone, I had a business called Timeless Treasure and Design. My main artistic outlet was interior design. I designed and had built a 4,000 sq. foot home. That was before I had cancer. My sketches of the various possible "faces" I could have put on that house were the first inklings of my drawing skills. I'd never taken time for it before.

Designing your studio is another art form. And, I like how you shared the photographs looking over your shoulder while you worked. Even they were very skillfully done, so we could feel like we were right there. Showed the talent and hard work it involves, to make those paintings of yours. Hope your husband shares photographs of his dark room/studio space when that is finished.

OK, and did I mention I like to write? :typerhappy:

Thanks for your encouragement. You are a dear.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it's absolutely fabulous, all these ideas you have to make use of your creativity and to act on the hoarding issue you're dealing with, at the same time. How are you able to manage all this while nurturing your delicate health?

The pet urns are a darling concept... it never even crossed my mind that those could be an artistic venture.

And my god, you like mosaics? I LOVE MOSAICS. If I could I'd turn my entire house into a mosaic glass house wonderland. Which would be great for me, and probably the cats, but not for my husband. Maybe :P I've seen people make great use of glass and porcelain pieces on all kinds of decorative items... meant to try them out, just one of those things that I never got around to doing. Like that fresco I've been talking about doing for years now... maybe painting a mural, too. On my ceiling.

I want to collect cats :kitty:

And don't mention it, it's my pleasure. I'm always here to listen :love:
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Viscuswalor Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student
I dunno what to say! umm let's see " dipped in pure cream of Brilliance "
If it makes sense in anyway! :)
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
mmm I hope it tastes of Chantilly cream :)
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VergilSharky Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   General Artist
*speechless* I :heart: ~!
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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milbisous Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
It shows here much tender loving care in the painting all those lovely details of this lovely work. I love that background. Out of curiosity, where did you get inspiration for this series?
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey hun :hug: Thank you for checking this out :love:

I was largely inspired by some of my favourite films, Ghost In The Shell 1 and 2, Bladerunner... I have some sort of weird infatuation with androids :giggle:
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milbisous Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Maybe I should check out those movies to see if I would be inspired too :D And it's so true, many of us are infatuated, one way or another with something...strange :lol:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow... now this is a challenging piece... I can't imagine the work that has went into this. Such a technical piece.

A machine protecting a machine protecting something human/organic.

What is very different in this piece is that the girl doesn't look oriental... you always draw girls with an oriental look and this one looks very caucasian. I guess it helps with the bright blue eyes and the auburn hair. Which by the way... LOVING the amount of detail in the hair. The parting in her hair is so detailed... wondeful.

Loving. The. Mouches. More beauty spots in your pieces please! Love it :D

My only critism I have with this is that the background seems a bit too textured... it is very over powering compared to how delicate the rest of the piece is.

Other than that, this is a very accomplished piece. Bravo Katie :hug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very happy you enjoyed this Shar :heart:

There is a reason for the overpowering feeling for the background. Well for one it's a progression in the series, getting darker with the theme, and also it's to complement the messages I'm conveying here. In fact I'm glad you think it's overpowering, I wanted there to be that kind of tension between the fragile foreground characters and the dirt and grit in the back.

As always thank you for taking a look :love:

By the way I'm not going to be around very much for the next month, so if there's anything you want me to look at and comment on, feel free to send me a note! :kiss:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Not to worry - I enjoy trying to "work out" your work :D

My next big piece is getting made in 2 weeks, a new gasmask angel I'm working on :D

But other than that, my big news will be posted when it's online :D - I got interviewed for a big vector website and it kinda feels like a big step for me... like I've "made" it or something?
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spiderlady Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
This is such an odd picture. The more I look at it, the more I like it. The details are interesting and the faces are really good.
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snowmask Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed this!
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