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Masquerade by bittersweet-Grace Masquerade by bittersweet-Grace
there's not much I'm going to say about this, so feel free to interpret this picture your own way.

I'm probably still going to be pretty busy till mid of December, but I'll try to check my messages regularly.

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done with Photoshop CS6
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:iconlexiemorgan:
LexieMorgan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. It has so much meaning and depth to it.
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:iconichideras:
Ichideras Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this gloomy atmosphere :meow:
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Evening-Hour Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016
Very creepy, but also intriguing. Well done!
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:iconjamesvendra:
jamesvendra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
The dark night of the soul.
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:iconjennifer-star:
Jennifer-Star Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow, this is incredible
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AmyEWilliams92 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
An interpretation of mine would be: We are always being pulled into unwanted directions, connected by invisible threads. They want us to be their puppet and make us wear a mask so no one can hear our true thoughts. The only way we can be ourselves is alone, always alone.
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AidaGrace Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Student General Artist
I see this painting and I see my life in this moments...
to much stress Rage but You have to keep smiling :D (Big Grin) 
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The-Infamous-PeeGee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic piece, very powerful and thought provoking. 
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OrbitalTurtleVC Featured By Owner Edited Feb 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nice visual storytelling work - the layout is exceptional too. -Tim
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:iconjayhatcher07:
Jayhatcher07 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing. I've had a concept like this floating in my head, but you made it perfect.
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:iconxolilyheartox:
XoLilyHeartoX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful and truthful piece. It's just amazing, that's all I can say about it. 
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NaejDoree Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful !
Thaks for the llama, i gave u one back ^^
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Layla1172 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
Interpret this you say? Very well.

She's being pulled in a thousand different directions. Each one expecting her to act one way or another. She can't escape, she can't hide, she can only pretend she's fine. And in the quietest moments. In those few times where she is alone, she pulls off the mask and cries silently to herself. The ropes are still pulling her, even in those quiet times, but at least she doesn't have to pretend.

Right that was my interpretation at least. And I do want to say Epic piece, beautiful marvelous. I love how you chose to go grey-scale rather than color. It gives a felling of overwhelming darkness and the lack of color to her makes every thing hit so much harder. She can't feel more than the overwhelming darkness and it's tainting her.
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guillaumetail Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Why should we interpret ? I can feel beauty in this picture, that's enough to me ! Love 
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:iconpetersonasylum:
petersonasylum Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
simple yet unfortunately beautiful
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:iconvitrashark:
vitrashark Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
A vivid reflection to those who know true isolation; I can definitely relate. Outstanding work :clap: 
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:iconblitzwriter:
Blitzwriter Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic piece. I love it, especially because I feel like I (and likely many others) can connect to it very, very well. In a world like today's, it's hard to not live life in a masquerade.
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allenacalyn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015   General Artist
to me this is the visual interpretation of borderline personality disorder....it's haunting and beautiful...
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ToxicSnakeSkull Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"feel free to interpret this picture your own way"... challenge Accepted!

Once again I find myself praising another art which carries such a powerful message. Here we have the smiling mask, the face and visage that people who feel unable to be themselves think they have to wear in public, be they feeling forced to 'put on a show' for what 'society' deems as normal or to hide away the pain and anguish from those closest to them because they're too hurt and broken to find comfort.

The use of strings in this piece is pure genius. Continuing with the 'put on a show' metaphor, the character of this piece has to wear the mask, conceal who she is and must follow the commands of the Puppet Master, be it - and these are the best examples I can think of off the top of my head - modern society or just a mob of jerks who have emotionally ruined her to the point where she has to 'put on the costume' and 'dance + behave in the way the master(s) sees fit'.  She's now a puppet with no face or will of her own.

I find it interesting that there is no form or identity to the Pupeteer and that there are so many strings; looks fitting as there is no definitive way to identify what they look like or in how many numbers they are. And the other end of the strings are cut off by the darkness and shadow, a kind of world where these trolls/bullies/critics (call them what you will) like to lurk and hide. Even the lack of any other subject really adds to the pain of the Girl in the Art, because eventually if it keeps up, pretty soon the tormented will reach that dark point where they feel more alone than ever.

Well, i've either done an analogy to give an outstanding piece of art the acclaim it deserves, or I've read far too much into it... again :P
I'll let you, the Artist, decide Wink/Razz 
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elaarte Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
every day is a battle with herself when she is alone the mask fall down.  beauty art
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mai-kuu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
The message in this picture is heavy. 
I feel like she has many connection with people but she does not show her true self leaving her empty in the end. 
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Radschel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist
Einfach so oder als Anlass?

Aber sehr ausdrucksstark, ich denke, viele werden sich schon darin wiederfinden...
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:iconashenrisen:
ashenrisen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
awesome! its like the kid got tired of wearing a mask all of the time(tired of pretending to be someone else)=)
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sdragon1984 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This feels very Ghost In Shell to me.
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:iconnaturechild02:
naturechild02 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Wow! Dark and personal. It makes me sad therefore I love it.
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:iconthejfluffy:
theJfluffy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
looks very cool!
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SweeterSin16 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Student
very deep, dark and beautiful, love it, it something we all had to, or will do at some point
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Draw-Adopts-247 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That mask is something we all carry with us at some point, hm? (Very beautiful job ^^)
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:iconkalibes:
kalibes Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Exactly the way I feel right now. 😕
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fighterxaos Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional Writer
Fantastic work with lighting and shadows here.
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:iconduckboy416:
duckboy416 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Student Writer
Masquerade... every face a different shade, masquerade...
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:iconjeangal247:
Jeangal247 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Hide your face so the world will never find you.
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domodork Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this it shows that this feeling happens to anyone. 
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Nickel-Kyllacuren Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Ja, da kann man definitiv einiges hineininterpretieren. Das Monochrom und die Helligkeitswerte.. die Maske und die Fäden.. Bedeutungsvoll, mehr kann ich da auch nicht sagen. 
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XiveraMadu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a lot of people probably feel this way.
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KinimiHucashi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah I feel for her, I know what it feels like to pretend to be someone else. Great job on this though :)
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Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Student Writer
Marvelous job. She reminds me of a marionette with all of those strings.

Being jerked around by others with their expectations when all she wants to do is be herself.
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Ogre-Mask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice idea. I love the long format that you used. 
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BeastMask Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist
its means nothing, thats what i seeLlama Emoji-09 (Drinking Tea) [V1] , its just a very inspirational draw, thats what i see, and yeah, its a good art, keep getting better!!Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
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stalker034 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
This work is wonderful !
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:iconinuala:
Inuala Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is really well done, my dear.

It shows how my life has been and still sometimes is.......our outer appearance can be very deceiving and leads to misjudgement.
And if the victim tries to call out for help in any way, it can't be heard......
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DragonReiko Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i think loots of people have this life the outside is sooo happy but mostly the inside is hurt and want to wanish T^T
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bluetsumetoboekiba Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing... I feel like I can relate.
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sathom Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Very intense, open to interpretation (haven't made my mind up yet on which I prefer). Very well done.
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GamzeeMakara117 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Damn, those are some nice shadings... If I didn't know better, I'd say it was a paper sketch.
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:icontheenderdoctor:
TheEnderDoctor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Beautiful drawing!!!
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Syan-Green Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this artwork because I can relate to it. Nice job on the shades and atmosphere ^~^
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:iconprimordialnothingnes:
Poor thing
"No-one knows what it's like to wear a mask that you are traped inside"
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:iconblacksheep0:
Blacksheep0 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true..
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salyssong Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I interprete it as a critique of society that forces us to fit in it's models as what is considered ''proper social behavioure''.
This is shown with the character taking of the mask that society had forced her to wear.
But since she had worn it for a long time she now doesn't know who she really is.
The very thing that makes us human is our creativity and diversity as well as beng unique and special each in our own way.

A friend of mine once said: ''Humanity's place is not in chains on the ground, we were born to soar the sky and push the limits to what is possible not to set them for ourselves. God didn't give us wings not because it didn't want us to reach the sky but because it didn't want us to be just limited to the sky that's why it gave us intelect instead.''
                                                                 -Tjan
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