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What started as a random speed painting from last year quickly became much more once I came back to finish it recently. I see it now as representing the jarring feeling of having to be plugged into technology to be able to express yourself - and how spending too much time connected and online can make you feel jaded and isolated. So many people spend day after day on the computer and smart phones, myself included, and taking actual breaks and going outside for exercise is really important - not just for your physical health, but also you're mental state of mind. Something I won't be taking for granted as much in future.

That's just my two cents worth anyway, one interpretation that came to mind whilst painting it, what do you think it represents?Had a lot of fun with this one, hope you guys enjoy it!

Cheers guys and all the best!
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LazyLiza8 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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Texeo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! I love this. How would you feel if I used your image in an email to send to universities to ask for submissions for a short story competition (the topic is 'the digital and the local')?
You will of course be fully referenced.
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!
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Nevaslip Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Nice
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trappedTroll Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I was listening to this...
Made my day. XD
Valhalla
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MrDedHed Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freakishly good!
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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ZOzoZelzo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
woooooww!!!!!!!!!!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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KYKYX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
awesome
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:iconaustenmengler:
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i like your concept good sir! the only thing i'd say to keep in mind for the next one (keeping in mind that this is a speed painting) would be to change that white haze over large parts of it because it washes out the vibrancy of the colors. maybe if you had a light color in the back ground and hit the edges with a blurred color dodge white so it's more light like and less hazy...unless that's what you were shooting for in which case ignore meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. <3
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey man, thanks for the input - will keep it in mind for the next one. Actually did want a washed out and disconnected feel to this one - like she's got a lot of vibrance to give but it's being limited by her restrictions - or something. Regardless, thanks!
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SickJoe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i'm just diggin your growth good sir
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xrc32 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the color and imaginism of this piece
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, more to come hopefully! :)
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xrc32 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cant wait to see more
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LunaBones Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Those colours are beautiful :D:D and work so well together I love the textures in her hair ^w^
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I should really experiment with colour more :)
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LunaBones Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
It' certainly fun to experiment with :D
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Scarledian Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of how some people want a zombie apocalypse even though we already have one :v
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
True that my friend, true that. - I say while sitting behind my computer all day every day :s
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Scarledian Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, you create.
You're thinking. Zombies want brains because they have none.

The zombies I'm referring to never look up from their phones :v
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah true I suppose, but I am guilty of being a zombie for hours on end sometimes too! Lost in the bowls of YouTube, reddit, the internet.... what a time sink. At least I'm getting better at not playing video games these days ;)
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Scarledian Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes, the weapons of mass distraction.. :3
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Procrastination is my bane! Must improve :P
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:iconscarledian:
Scarledian Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alas, I have that affliction, too :<
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PoynterXLOVE Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very different than your normal style, but I enjoy the colours a lot!
Well done!
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AustenMengler Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yeah want to try something different - have the urge to do that more and more these days.
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