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Undisclosed Desires by ChewedKandi Undisclosed Desires by ChewedKandi
This is my entry for the battle against =ssst in #theEpics

The theme was to create a vector piece which was influenced by the song by Muse - Undisclosed Desires. You can hear it and see the video: [link]

I listened to the song over and over again and I got a strong feeling of a man wanting to control his partner. Especially with the chorus in bullet points of "I want to..." - it felt very demanding of the girl.

So with the feeling of the music itself (I hear a lot of almost plucking of strings) and the theme of control... I wanted to have a puppet theme... but a kind of twist on the puppet.

She's been released from her strings, but is it really what she desires?

You may have noticed a few line art based pieces in my gallery of recent... I'm going through a phase and want to tune the line art skills I have.

Now the model is.... ^brgtt, although slightly modified for exaggerated eyes, nose and lips to accomadate for my line art atyle. She was a great model and I thank her a lot :D


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Okay, since you go out of your way to write so many fantastic crits for the rest of us, here goes... This is a gorgeous piece. I love the stark quality to the colors of the piece and the flow of the wire that leads your eye around the piece. Excellent job. I love the simple colors and I love that you punched the color with a an eye burning magenta and the fantastic blue of her eyes - which keeps the viewer riveted to the face.

I'm really torn about this, I love that she's making eye contact, but I keep wondering how much the piece would change if she wasn't making eye contact with the viewer, almost like we've walked in on a personal moment. Nothing bit, but just a thought.

One thing that actually bothers me is her hand. It looks almost like it's broken. Owing to the theme that you're going with, I think either the hand reaching toward the viewer or an open hand, possibly palm up in a supplication type position would have been better and also would have been more interesting visually.

Although I'm not sure if it would help, normally puppets have more strings, but then that might ruin this really fantastic minimalistic look you've created.

Also, I'm not sure how you are on the euww factor, but actual rings or hooks in her skin - for the wire - could also have reinforce the kind of theme you're going for.

Technically, this is stunning, it's what I like in vector: smooth and clean. Although, I wish that you had minimized the highlights of the hair and let the hair be it's own shape. The hair flows beautifully especially once it hits the ground, the highlights are kind of stiffening the flow. Also, I think that having so many small shapes by her face detracts from it - this is just something nitpicky that doesn't actually bother me, but I did notice.. All and all awesome job, I loved seeing this piece! Keep up the amazing job.
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IYU-IYU Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
when i saw the thumbnail of this illustration i thought " hey, this makes me think of the song undisclosed desires"... then i saw the title ^^. very beautiful indeed!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!

Glad you like it :)
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Arkhenz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Nicey
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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AiErOn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wow....
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   General Artist
Fantastic expression - really great overall composition and really just a nice idea. I love it!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :salute:
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Promet-he-us Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   General Artist
you are welcome!
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KJ-Illustration Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really like this! Great work on the perspective, looks fantastic! :) :+fav:!!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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furvert101 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
nice!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :hug:
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StudioPitchArt Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I Like beeautiful:D
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Don't we all :eyes:

Thank you :hug:
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funkytoast Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! the depth of it is amazing great proportions!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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phig Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
fucking love this!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you :D :hug:
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Digital Artist
and i left this out of the crit because i'm an idiot, but it really does fit the song, very well. i kept picturing her falling to the beat lol and i totally thought she looked familiar yay line!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle:

Thanks, I kinda wanted the string to flow like the music if that makes sense :)
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Digital Artist
totally
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010   Digital Artist
:D I love it, and I love the concept too.

Good work, cuntnugget.
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you CN :hug:
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Welcome!!
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CQcat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
This is an interesting piece, shar! I love how you are doing more and more conceptual work! And they are awesome! And your linework is getting better and better! Way to go!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Hels :D

I'm trying to tune my line art, it's taking a while. :)
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice song...hadn't heard them before :D
This piece is absolutely wonderful, Shar. Everyone else has already said so much about the pose and the composition, the great use of negative space...I second all that! I love how it's as if she's laying in really bright light or maybe a fog...how the tones on the underside of her body are stronger and fade toward the top. The heart-string really draws your focus in, and the colouring continues to draw your eyes up her body only to settle on those electric blue eyes. I really love this style that you're doing...but then I seem to love all of your styles!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Domi :hug:

It is indeed a fantastic song. Apparently Matt wrote it with his girlfriend in mind as a dark love song. I can see where he was coming from, but I did see it in a very sinister way.

I really appreciate the feedback in this current style, I know people probably prefer the realism style, but it's to give my soon to be website more of a variety you see :)
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Variety is definitely good, and yes, your realism style is awesome, but so is this, it's looser and free-er but still conveys such a strong message and leaves no doubt as to how talented you are :D
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
D'awwwwwww you're too nice Domi :hug:
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
No such thing!!! :huggle:
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artemisa-69 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent composition, and this lineart style of you is very nice :D Can't wait to see more! (Although I prefer your semi-realistic vectors if I'm honest, but that's just a matter of personal taste, I think it's great that you're trying new things!)
Love the perspective and the piercing blue eyes!
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know people do prefer my realism portraits, but you can't please everyone hehe - I'm really enjoying the line art based ones right now :)

I'm always trying something new I guess :giggle:

Thanks for the compliments Jules :hug:
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Mango-Monkey-Boy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
love it! The composition is really well thought out and I love how the wire turns into a heart/arrow and makes it feel like the viewer is the one that is the "Undisclosed Desire."
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D

I really appreciate the comment :)
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Mango-Monkey-Boy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. It's a wonderful piece.
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ssst Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I love the composition in this one. You use negative space brilliantly. It's hard to make something look good on white, and you definitely nailed it. The pose is lovely, the colors are soft yet vibrant at the same time. The way you made her gaze look dull yet her eyes full of emotion..It's very contradicting, as is the song, so amazing job there. I also reaaaally like your signature coming out of the hair, that's just cool.

I love it, it's great :heart:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Nas, I really appreciate it :) :hug:
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ssst Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome :hug:
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Skywayup Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I LOVE IT.
its so different - the pose is amazing
it caught my attention right away
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Skywayup Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
no problem :)
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Thines Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Good job !
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Vexelizer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Well done
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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zerosonico Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Cute
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
How so?
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turp Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
so is there like certain people that are available to battle..? I love the image! beautiful job on the perspective
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