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The Between by useless-machine The Between by useless-machine
alternate title: 'String Theory'

can I offer you some synth wave in these trying times

despite the fact that I've been working on Sunder and putting things out there for almost a year now (I started the first storyboards last December!) I've somehow miraculously avoided giving away what the story is actually About....... I like to think there's two parts to the story: the first being sapient dolphins and dolphin/human communication, and the second being the big, overarching sci-fi plot that makes you question the nature of the universe and existence. (two of my main inspirations are Arrival and Interstellar ;9)

it's amazing how a story can start out with just two vague ideas (Something Strange at the bottom of the ocean + dolphin language translation) and then blossom into a vast and complex world..... it's a little intimidating thinking of how I'll manage to portray all of the aspects of it that I want to, but as long as I just keep chipping away at it, I know I'll get there eventually o/
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DrowElfMorwen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so, so beautiful *cries* It's perfect!
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useless-machine Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
thank you so much! :, D
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Nimkish Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
This is so beautiful! 
I LOVE that background pattern, and I love how to reflects on Ava's skin. Argh. Is that pattern by hand? :O
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useless-machine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
thank youuuuu!

and most of it is, yes! the base of the background was made by a brush I have that creates a kind of spider-webby pattern... I messed around with that enough until I got the composition where I wanted it, then went back in with a regular brush and pulled out the patterns for the swirling stands.
I got my inspiration for all the squiggles from this image: 68.media.tumblr.com/ee3b3d69ee…
psychedelic/visionary art is a big influence on the look of the 'between' world : D
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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i already loved this but i think im going to love it way fuckin more

also we both have something strange at the bottom of the ocean
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useless-machine Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017
YOUR LOVE IS BOUNDLESS

and that makes sense - bottom of the ocean is just universally home to Strange Shit, it's just common knowledge
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