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Mirrored Refresh by elsevilla Mirrored Refresh by elsevilla
"Everytime im on the internet ive got this feeling im always Late, late for everything, its like the net its on a pace i cant follow, always moving, always leaving me behind, and with each refresh life goes by, arent we all just a rabbit looking at a mirror?".



Personal piece that decided to finish, to get rid of this ansiety, lot of meanings behind it, even the binary code, done in corel painter X3-
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artisticallystrange Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow; that description really adds to the emotions of the piece.  I love the detail on the skull and how well it goes with the cords.  Beautiful work and awesome details here!
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you.
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preacherCasy Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
This piece combines my favorite elements of modern art I'm always thrilled to see combined - digital painting, unorthodox manga styles, and psycho-spiritual symbolism!

 "Mirrored Refresh" illustrates a psychological condition of dependency on digital technology that many of us struggle with to varying degrees.  As a long-time gamer whose been addressing his addiction this past few years, I feel that art which depicts this struggle is vital in order for us to get a handle on our spiritual state and confirm what it is we're doing to ourselves.

The colors in this piece are well chosen - dark, cool shades indicate an interior lifestyle away from the sunlight, with the bright blue of a digital monitor "off-screen" highlighting a beastial skeleton mask which denotes her self-slavery.  She's clearly plugged herself into this monstrous machine which is playfully adorned with a childish glow-in-the-dark star, but also a more sinister blood-red rune on its forehead, hinting at more questionable sorceries.  

The skull-mask's eye glows bright blue like the monitor, and appears far more conscious than the girl herself, as if feeding on her mind.  It grows out of the ceiling which implies that it's a permanent fixture of the room, and her life, difficult to remove or avoid.  A golden analog clock dangles, forgotten, behind her head - she clearly can't keep track of "real" time while plugged into the machine.

My favorite symbol in the piece is the interwoven USB cables which form a noose around the girl's neck.  This denotes an act of subconscious self-destruction, yet we can see that the noose is placed very loosely about her delicate neck, so she may remove it at any time... if only she had the will to do so.  It's one of my favorite symbols that's also present on the traditional major arcana keys of the Devil, which also describes spiritual states of self-limitation.

Beautifully done!
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elsevilla Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanxs
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RB-Illustration Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Digital Artist
That description sums up how I feel about the internet too - you always feel like you're missing something so you try to keep up, when really you're just wasting time with each refresh of the screen. XD Great use of symbolism, the reflection in the clock looks amazing and I love the detail in the skull.
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wolfnoom Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014   Digital Artist
so amazing, its wow
took me a while see the binary code, too many things i dont get but i love the art, seem so reach of meaning too
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hahha thanxs
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Annetjeehh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist
wow, scary, very nice!Clap 
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Suez-H3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
:) Very good. :D
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mInd-Lapse23 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
eyes above eyes; symbolizes possession.
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TayskiyOwl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Lovely colors)))
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SythMog Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student General Artist
This is deeeeeeeeeeeep
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ayanami89 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
que version de painter? :D cual es tu brocha favorita?
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
painter x3, y digital water color e smi favorita
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ayanami89 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
zaz para que hagas un tutorial de digital watercolor que yo me doy de topes y no se usarla. me desespera un poquito que no se ve como quisiera
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
uso solo la brocha de water color, pero la cambio a cover mode, viene en general, de watercolor para sombras uso la simple waterbrush, y en layers hay una opcion para secar el digital watercolor, ya seco en modo cover puedo difuminar con difuminos regulares.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's... it's... amazing ! fantastic ! I love the USB with a little symbol in each of it.
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archerion Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just badass love the color
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RainbowMarimo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wow...Absolutely love this one :D
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Anichkaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
AWESOMEEEE!!!! <3
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PandaLovesAll Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The internet is my soul! I can barely remember the days of playing outside without technology. <_>

Nice work! The headpiece is really interesting. 
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WaterlyWinds Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Looks so awesome..............
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SubWolfSphere Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True art, personal and unwavering.
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Felixader Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
That condition you are describing has recently been recognised as a sign of addiction and an illness.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah,  i forgotten old days when i wasnt online all day-
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Damn, this is really cool, I love all the detail, nice work!
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DawnZiarte Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gruesome, but i like it.the dazed expression on her face really draws you in
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hotbento Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Si has conseguido librarte de tu ansiedad, entonces ha mercedio la pena. Bonitos detalles los iconos de los usb :3

Cuídate <3

(Y como siempre, maravilloso <.< tremenda envidia te tengo xD). 
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michaelaquino000 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist
wicked cool!
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OtakuDreams Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So realistic! Love the details and textures! 
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Beautiful.
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jezrim Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow genial  *w*
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phantro Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
as always top notch work!

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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beauty !
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful :meow: I love it! I completely agree with you on the internet going at a pace it's hard to keep up with; I was without internet for 2 years, and not only the internet but the whole world changed without my knowing during that time, nothing was the same when I came back from that place not in the real world and definitely not on the internet.

Quick Feedback: I notice her neck seems kind of long Wink/Razz  the mask wrapped around it kind of hides that though, but it's still pretty long, this is a pretty common problem for artists (making necks too long that is) necks aren't that long really.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, i stylized the neck, i like long necks in females
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, then it's cool :P

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elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Also the head aint realistic either.  Sometimes style freaks out people, speacilly this one that has long neck.
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jesschan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous
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Naruto711 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats epic love it 
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Sweeeeeeeeeeet I am a dummy! 
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awadd Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Wow, this looks amazing. And now I'm trying to figure out what it means.
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AzylSagara Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very interesting concept~! nice work as always
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MGRESA Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student General Artist
genial
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Get3pic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
kind of sounds like a metaphor about time moving forward, i agree after you're 20 days seem to move faster. you keep rocking "compadre" (did i say it right?) and remember why you started doing this. it helps me maybe it will help you.Llama Emoji-09 (Drinking Tea) [V1] 
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Eastervampire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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Shikylusion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like a crabhead... Awesome work anyways dude 
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Arrevanthas Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful Else. I also like the little symbols you put on some of the USB cords...money...love...religion? and your love of stars?
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