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Substitution by Miles-Johnston Substitution by Miles-Johnston
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
doolhoofd Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
letstryhard Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Us on /r/ForeverAlone would give anything to Escape our reality of loneliness constant pain and sadness for a fake world where we are loved and cared for. (Shoutout to my people in /r/ForeverAlone) Loneliness eats you me
Moonmask999 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This looks awesome! Reminds me of the Matrix sort of, like how they aren't use their real body
LamiaHearts Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Wow this is beautiful!! When I first saw it, I thought the man was terminally ill or something and having flash backs in his final moments 
RAQUELPR Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Artist
Love it!Heart 
queenwren Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so beautiful :)
Miss-Gato Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a fantastic image
All2Kafka Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow...I love tihs painting...!
emstheunitaur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Wonderful narrative! 
HappyAdventurer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Scary concept, but things like this are even happening right now. Video game addicts...
SaraKpn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The ones who choose to live inside the Matrix :) Scary how this might be a real possibility. Greatly done!
BornFreak Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Ok, both the pic and the concept are incredibly creepy! :la: Good job!
JuDKo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Amazing =))
AmyMaeFeely Featured By Owner May 25, 2013

I don't know what makes you think you ever have...
Wonderful picture-
kennybrann Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
i know for sure i would never come out of the simulated reality
vulturehunter Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
RobertAlexford Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
This is convicting for today's technology
armanketigabelas Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
mariofernandes Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
It's a good question you pose. It's great to see an image that has more to it than just eye candy.
DJA56 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
simply amazing :clap: ... concept and its creation ... well done ... :#1:
Tornquist Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very strong image! Great idea, astounding realization and semantic suggestion!
sokolart23 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
my God... this is impressive
piranhaman Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite honestly my favorite thing I've seen on deviantart so far.
rababco Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is impressive! At first I thought maybe the woman he loved had ran off with another man so he was doing drugs to escape the pain but your idea makes much more sense. It's actually pretty amazing how many sci-fis address a similar question and theme like this. It must be a rather large concern for people of what could happen in the future. Of course, humans have found ways to escape from the real world for about as long as humans have existed. We might not have this kind of technology but there's books, theatre, sports,art, religion, music and more recently television and movies, computers, and video games. It's almost like it's a part of human nature to want to escape from the world around us. We don't even need anything else but our minds to escape, all we've got to do is use our imagination to transport to different reality inside our minds, our brains were designed or have evolved to be able to do to this almost as if we need it.
Miasmaticular Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great painting but the ear + 2 neural pads look like this, lol:
jaberJaws Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
amazing. interesting concept too. the coloring is amazing
Almatheya-Andra Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
featured here :[link]
Helioth Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
kind of like the dreamers in inception? who go 2 to 3 levels deep...

do you know when you're dreaming that you're dreaming?

what if this is a dream, try waking up...

waking up...
shaeduzarts Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
damn well illustrated sir
jeweloflight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Yes, it is a creepy concept but see it happening now, not quite in this way but people do believe the illusion is real and the truth is illusion. I love the colours you worked into this. Awesome.
Tigueron Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too awesome!
Bergholtz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh hey! This is the only piece I have ever nominated for a DD and it got it too. I just didn't notice until now. He he!
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Matrix. That's all I have to say.
Crystal-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I feel I don't even need that.. I have a substitution in my head already. I only need to close my eyes to immerse myself in it and enter the world inside my head.
ibrokemybrains Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
this piece greatly saddens me, because to a certain extent such substitution already 'exists' in the present. (speaking from experience)
atm our technology may not be so immersive, as shown in your picture, but it is still here behind a screen where you meet millions of people....
Tanda-san Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It reminds me of Matrix...
MatoMiArte Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
well, u should watch the movie surrogants, it's pretty much that idea
eryr-tywysoges Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats what i was thinking
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional
this is wild

A friend sent me to look because it made him think of some of my work

You are a fantastic story teller
Enaicioh Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
The thing I think about is what if hackers invaded your mind? :ninja: An interesting composition that reflects an interesting concept.
MasterTraitor Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I think I would be one of the first to sign up if this was ever made.
hutuka Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
/r/NoFap brought me here :)
hutuka Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
/r/NoFap brought me here :)
octobermatthew Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love it!
fyey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exceptional! Amazing. I wonder if this experience would be memory or imagination.
Domuskaa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank you for making this beautiful piece of art! It gives off such an emotion, just like art should do. Also makes one ponder... Especially me since I'm aiming for being in the business of bringing this kind of future to here.
Lapis-Razuri Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sitting here and crying because or this artwork
midnight99 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
reminds the of The Matrix. really cool
onewingedjade Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I wonder about this all the time too! I feel like we're headed in that direction, when we already have human interaction through a machine... if it ever gets to that point, I think that we might have machines to keep us fed and alive too, though.
Everything we experience is really about perception and chemicals in our brain, I think it'd be easier to reproduce sensations than people realize. If our mind believes something is real, it becomes real... like how dreams can provoke such strong emotional reactions; the emotion is so real, I feel it's not entirely fantasy.
When I was 16-17, I actually had this irrational fear that one day I'd have to compete with virtual/robotic women for men. Thankfully that's not the case... yet.
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