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June 8, 2006
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Dulling the Demons by HardenedInk Dulling the Demons by HardenedInk
Sometimes in silencing our demons,
we make them stronger.

I made this as a non competing entry for the “Voices in my head” contest being held by . She's having a side deal for the judges and I went for somethig a bit different than my normal stuff. The man in the picture is done in a combination of Prismacolor and Verithin pencils on a colored paper. The 'demons' are done in pencil on smooth drawing paper and outllined with a Micron 01 pen. I then scanned it and superimposed it over the man. I tweeked the middle border color by changing the hue and added the black frames in PSCS2, so I hope I have it in the right category. Hope you all like!

Go here for a detail shot: [link]
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InterfaceLeader Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
This is fantastic. I love the concept, and it's so well put together. Your drawing skills are amazing :)
lilykins Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
i find this piece simply amazing with the feel it evokes...i was shown this by ...fabulous!
HardenedInk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by!
simpletoker Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2006
great title for this piece. I like the tear forming on the corner of his eye as he drinks his feelings away.
vaguener Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
amazing job
HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
vaguener Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
is a really good idea...

in brazil we never drinks a bottle into a bag, but i know about it is some countries and movies

oops, my devil is calling me, excuse

- come to drink ur medicine.... he saids in my mind

i'm gone
HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Only bums and teenagers drink from "the bag" It's like a social steriotype. It's associated with trying to hide your drinking or being ashemed or even just plain not giving a fuck.
Serenit-Y Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   Traditional Artist
lol, this has a certain black comedy concept to it, But also very realistic, and original. I like this piece, it's not my usual taste, but the sketch, the position of the different characters which make up the piece, the Demons, and figure of the man drinking, show a lot of line art skill which im always interested in. I also like your use of differnt mediums, compliments it's originality, gj.

Critic: The item he's drinking from, is it a bag? or a bottle.
It looks like a bag, but then why would he be drinking from a bag,...
Please enlighten me on this. tk ^ ^
HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
It's actually both. He's drinking from a bottle that is wrapped in a brown paper bag. In the US when you buy liquor or wine, some stores will wrap it in a thin long brown bag. Over the years it's become associated with lower class people or alcoholics since these types generally will walk around drinking 'right from the bag' instead of taking it out and storing it or pouring it like other people. You see homeless people clutching these brown bag wrapped bottles in cities as they tug they're way to getting pissed. Thanks for stopping by and checkingmy work out. Cheers!
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