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Edit: Thanks everyone for their comments, I'm grateful for this DD. :)

I referenced my shoulder and ear in the mirror. Closeup at 30%

I drew this last month and suddenly felt the urge to post this tonight. It's much different from anything else I've done and I like it because of that.

The person depicted is purposely androgynous.

Everyone subconsciously accepts the constant misinformation spread in our lives. We may criticize or doubt these truths but we still breathe them.

And then one day we realize these lies for what they are and it's shocking, like a betrayal, but the truth is that they've always been embedded in our minds.

Time: About 11 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS3 with Intuos tablet and ~zhuzhu's brushes.

If I haven't been replying to you I am very sorry. I'm not purposely snubbing you, I just have personal issues that I'm dealing with. May be discussed in my journal.

Enjoy, and as always I can learn from criticism.
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Given 2011-11-04
Misinformation by *Akanei-Rin is so strong and tragic at the same time. The concept is shocking and brutal, but really touching. Amazing style and delicious palette. ( Suggested by phoenixleo and Featured by Atramina )
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Lookit me, writin' a critique like a subscribed person :la:

My first thought when I saw this was: DEM TEXTURES. They're gorgeous, holy crap. It sounds so out-of-nowhere but I love the background-textures, not completely white but looking almost like acrylics sexily brushed in throughout there. As someone who inadvertently blurs things too much and has trouble keeping delicious textures, I applaud you :)

I love the message behind this painting, and after I read your artist's comments I looked at it again and found even more little things, things not THROWN at us but left for us to see when we look carefully, such as the, ah (what's it called...) the zig-zag-radio-wave-lines leading into the person's eyes.

I love the facial structure, and though you left the person looking androgynous, I still look at it and see a male figure... That's just me though, I think.

ALSO DAT HAIR. I love the flow and the shape, bro, that would have taken me hours. I looks almost ethereal <3

My only real critiques are silly nit-picky things, but otherwise this critique is one long, well-deserved ass-pat and I want to at least pretend to balance myself :lol:

First off, the hair at the top is cut off, and I think personally I'd have expanded the canvas up so no bits and pieces would be chopped short like that.

Otherwise I think your signature on the top-right is a bit distracting from the actual painting. Obviously wouldn't just get rid of it, but I'd just move it perhaps down to the bottom-right corner and make it lighter so it doesn't distract. But then I see it also leads to your portfolio and it's important for people to SEE that, so... :lol:

Anyhow, Christ, this is gorgeous and thought-provoking and aaah, I want it on my wall :la: Brilliant work, as always! Hope my, ah, over-300-word critique isn't too disappointing, haha.
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The concept is an interesting one, and one Akanei-Rin has stunningly brought to life :D

For starters, observation of the human form - top marks.

The subtle range of colours blended together to form the skin and cast shadows is beautifully done; it looks almost pearlescent, like the reflective, silvery inside of an oyster shell.

The expression on the face is well executed. Subtle, but not understated, and you can really feel the shock and pain of the character in the very moment they realise that all their expectations and beliefs have been shattered. Expressions are always one of the trickier parts to get right - especially in realism - and you've done a really good job on this.

I adore the colourful, air floatiness of the 'hair', although I'm curious as to what it's meant to represent/why it's like that. But I guess that's up to the viewers' interpretation, eh? Either way, it provides a strong contrast to the violent shock of the bloody arrow in the person's head and the blip by the eye, making it really feel like a moment stopped in time. Actually, the hair reminds me of a jellyfish, just gently puffing and wafting in the pull of the water.

All in all, a superb piece.
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Qinni Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, his hair's like crazy cool~! it's like half-transluscent and all that. Awesome stuff.
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pseudolirium Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah man qinni, you make my day whenever you've commented on any of the things i draw. xD thanks a ton!
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WitchPepper Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
- inspiring artwork! - :fella: -
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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XingJ Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You left me speechless, I just love the entire image!!!
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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changelingbychoice11 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
That's some pretty awesome hair!!!
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munchii3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I may sound weird but this is beautiful :)
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StoneButterflies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I was going through my favorites and felt compelled to come look at this again. This is amazing! Great work! :heart:
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's quite a compliment. Thank you for sharing!
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OriginalVillain Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
So gorgeous and heartbreaking. We've all had this moment in our lives where that metaphorical arrow goes right through us.
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! When it does, it's quite unpleasant.
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crazyrocker621 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
This is great.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"A woman walked up to me and said: "I'd like to poison your mind, with wrong Ideas that appeal to you, though I am not un-kind."" -Whistling In The Dark by They Might Be Giants.

It's the first thing that went though my head when I saw this... as opposed to (for example) a modern broad-head hunting arrow. Lovely work, I especially like the hair stuff, and of course the painted effect is wonderful. The concept here is a bit too close for comfort... but it does make you think... which makes this much better art than most of the pixel arrays that get squirted through the internets these days.

It hurts because it's Truth... but it's a good pain... not the empty stinging ache left behind by misinformation.
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pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've gotten lots of interesting quotes and commentary on this piece, which makes the DD the most worthwhile IMO. I love reading comments like yours. Thanks for your wonderful interpretation and for sharing the quote!
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a lovely piece, thanks for showing it!
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Lostreveries Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
God those eyes are gorgeous! Such a captivating picture--this is amazing~
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Warmics Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, this is awesome. I instantly assumed this was a woman. My favorite thing about this is the hair, with the choice of colors a close second. This is a very cool piece and the description is very interesting. Solid 10 :P
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pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Some see a woman, some see a man. Looks like I succeeded. ;) Thanks!
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Ruedefaux Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
i really love how realistic this piece looks, and i especially love the eye
awesome work :D
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san8ksan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
hmmmm.....
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san8ksan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
hmmmmm..
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stridernfs2 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
What is this-
I don't even...

I just.. don't get it... o. o
just looks like a guy that is now dead because he has an arrow through his brain
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Try looking from a more abstract, less literal POV. Not to say that literal viewpoints are inferior or defective, but you do gain a new perspective. :)
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I DO know that gag never gets old.
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't tell what's more striking, the arrow going through his head, or the fact that his hair appears to be made of shower curtain.
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha perhaps I should design shower curtains for a living.
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Rough-Luck Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dealing with stuff has been an all too inconvenient part of my reality lately, stunning image. Love the emotion behind it.
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear that, best of luck. Thanks for commenting!
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
really incredible work!
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DezzyBeatrice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
absolute betrayal comes to mind. the whole "so, you were really just using me" pain is so beautifully portrayed. its so simply blunt. love it
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pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing! Couple of my other friends mentioned that as well, glad everyone takes a different take on this piece.
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crushedtulips Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
beautiful, brilliant and exactly how i feel lately. thanks for sharing.

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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is very awesome. I love the colours and texture!
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mypokeniverse Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
love the hair that looks like a transparent thing
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D-mowmow Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous :O so soft and smooth. The picture looks like its flowing like liquid motion :D awesome shizz
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:iconpseudolirium:
pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely descriptor, "liquid motion", thanks!
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D-mowmow Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Lol no problem lovely work
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whatwazthat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
beautiful! I love it so much!
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Imaginatik Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow this is beautiful! =D
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ShonkyBusiness Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
good shot mate
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Scorchyz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing. <3
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CantusVulpis Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Writer
That's amazing. :]
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KikiWolfeLion Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
he is dead right
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pseudolirium Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose so! :)
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Mevyn Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Sad ain't it.
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D-mon-s Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I find it impossible to say anything bad about this work! I think it is excellent. It is really well done, I love it!...Dee. X
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loki67 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I don't know what to think about that,but so how i like it:3
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