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Hey! This was a shitload of fun to make :)

I was thinking about how creepy it would be if in the future, people start neglecting their real bodies to exclusively live in downloaded indistinguishably real simulations. There would be all kinds of interesting philosophical debates to have, and loads of conflicting opinions on the technology. It's an idea I might explore more, especially if people dig it.

Hope you like, please let me know what you think! :)

Prints here!

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Given 2012-10-22
BlackNight-DarkSky Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
A longingly beautiful, if not ever debatable, piece. The message is clearly portrayed, and the presentation is well done. I feel that if it had been a bit bolder with the use of perspective (perhaps having the dream closer while the reality is pushed into back) it might have created a more powerful message, but perhaps it would have lost the balance that is displayed here. The artist's statement also helps strengthen the choice of keeping things on an even plane because after the initial awe of viewing the piece, one begins to question the morality of the concept: 'should one believe in the dream, or is the dream a lie?'. The placement of the subjects at even distance creates a sort of relationship that helps illuminate the teeter-totter this discussion can invoke. Both sides of has good points and both sides have flaws. Sometimes it is better to be in a dream; (say, a boy who has seen nothing but the ugliness of war and was forced to participate in the horrors of it, and now, after having most of his body blown off, is given the chance to live out the rest of his life in a dream he can create for himself) and sometimes it is better to wake up (a woman looses her 4 year old child and decides to loose herself to the dream while her older daughter is forced to keep up the household and burden the responsibilities no child should ever have to). Quandaries such as this are at the crux of the problem, but both sides make strong points. Therefore, it is only fair that the artistic depiction of such a thing also feel balanced. Coming back to the original point, i believe that this piece pulls that off spectacularly.
In my opinion the lighting should have been stronger for the dream side, as it doesn't quite feel as happy as it could get. The space between the two lovers in particular sticks out like a sore thumb and some detail on the right side is also lost due to it being too dark, and i just thought that having those aspects clearly visible would bolster the questionable aspects of the piece. Still, it could be that that was the artist's intention; to deliberately show the dream on even lighting to create proper and fair balance between the two. Maybe making one side too bright might have drawn the viewer's attention away from the reality side which I can see is entirely possible. Whatever the case, the mood created by the lighting is dark which is countered by the spray of colors in the dream.
The topic for the dream state could have varied, as there could be a number of things that would touch the heartstrings better than a love interest. Too many times i see love turned to borderline lust, that now it feels very much like a given and i question the intentions of the concept to the point where it's almost unappealing (notice how i say almost)- its as if it's being said that if we were to dream, the foremost thing we'd dream of is a love interest. But to be fair, the concept of having a scantily clad woman by one's side is quite popular (this is the part where that almost comment comes in and is beaten down to a slimy mush by my own inherent and unconscious hypocrisy), so why not?
The colors. THIS is the driving point that, to me, really helps send the message home. For the life of me i cannot understand how the artist created the spray of colors. EVERYTHING about the colors is fantastic. The dream state has a foggy but oceanic serenity mixed with a wonderment, cloudy feeling, and all of this is portrayed by the colors. The reality has a harsh, strong, yellow lighting which makes everything around it look subtly angry and depressing. A spectacular combination!
All in all, the piece is incredible. It touches on an issue most artists would love to ponder, and i believe secretly wish for. It speaks out to almost everyone, and it brings out feelings of both awe and concern. I believe the piece will provoke two kinds of feelings: either people will love it, or people will hate it. Both emotions are in fact praise. The one thing every artist dreads is a negative comment, and will try to defend his/her work if they ever are so critically judged. But in my opinion, the truly worst kind of reaction one should dread from a piece is indifference. It is the absolute worst feeling for an artist to stand by his piece in a gallery, see people coming down the line, reach his/her installation....and simply walk on, their eyes sliding past the piece. To invoke no emotions in a person- be it hate, love, confusion, or intrigue- is the sign of doom. I can safely say that regardless of what this piece might invoke in you, it will never allow you to ignore it. Allow me to say thank you, and well done!
juditithil Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, your artwork has been posted on 9gag without credit, I thought you should know.
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner 4 days ago
thanks for the heads up!
MikauJiro Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Artist
This reminds me of a book I read called ''The Last Book in the Universe''
I really like this a lot though
ionakate Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
How how HOW did you create that glorious oil-effect? The really vibrant blues and greens of the dream... It's incredible!
FaeriiFaye Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The clash between reality and a fantasy world. This is excellently done, I love the message! :thumbsup:
AngeInk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done! And an excellent concept. :)
Proxione Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"people start neglecting their real bodies to exclusively live in downloaded indistinguishably real simulations" Yes, exactly... in Matrix Imagine all people who wanna kill/rob someone for example may live their desire in the virtual reality... no crime anymore... we do not need prisons... or people can be rich, good looking, whatever they wanna be...

We just have to keep it as privacy, otherwise the "Big Brother" might end up controlling your mind... I'am looking forward to it... good picture btw.

- Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
i think it's already begun :lol:
Miles-Johnston Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
yes it's weird, made this a few years ago and genuinely feels like we get closer every year 
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