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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 :)
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lilykins Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
i find this piece simply amazing with the feel it evokes...i was shown this by lifebtb@deviantart.com ...fabulous!
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by!
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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.
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vaguener Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006
amazing job
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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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
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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.
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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 ^ ^
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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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Serenit-Y Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   Traditional Artist
Ah i see, No problem ^ ^
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Biggsamus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Holy crap thats really cool
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Aviusaura Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Amazing, amazing work! I can't believe the level of detail, but more importantly how well you captured the theme of voices in one's head! Great job :)
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for checking it out. I'm gald you liked it. :peace:
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flydragonfly Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Wow I love the detail and the concept. This piece is really unique!
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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moonyelloweyes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Student General Artist
Very true. Very nicely personified.
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :peace:
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navflett Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
xevious the great directed me to your page, and i just want to say, what a brilliant piece of work!! i like it very much. :+fav:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw her pimping me over on her page. Thanks for stopping by man, I'm glad you dug my work.
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navflett Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
not only is she pimping you on her page, but recommended i visit you through an interaction we had on the thumbshare forum. i like that she's doing her best to get your work seen.. cos it surely rocks!
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm stoked that she dropped myname. Thanks for stopping by. I might be a little slow posting in the next few weeks since I'm expecting my second child anyday now but I should have some new stuff up soon. :peace:
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ladylianna Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Core blimey - what a fantastic piece of art. The composition and the technical skill are both equally superb - very nice concept. I'm pretty much speechless. B xxx
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :peace:
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning work!
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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Coralay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
amazing idea, this is really really good!
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :peace:
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a wonderful conceptual piece! Very very nice indeed! :nod:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad that you stopped by and checked it out. Take care! :peace:
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Aprilart Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome. :) And thank you for the fave on "Conscience" :D
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
No prob, great work!
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MalldoroR Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
One of the greatest trace I've seen here... I love this kind of drawings, very good technic :clap:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you liked it, but I'm wondering what you meant by 'trace'. Nothing in my portfolio has been traced I can assure you that. :peace:
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MalldoroR Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Oh... sorry... trace like... your drawing style... I don't know how to explain It better... maybe you use another word for it... erm, the way you draw and paint things :)
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh, I appoligize for being rude. I hadn't realised you weren't American. Did you mean the dark edges? I would call it "hard contour". I don't like to outline all of my pieces but in some I think it adds a nice stylized touch. Thanks for taking the time to stop in a check out my work.
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kartalGirl Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
It's very impressing I think :) I like the way you have done it by putting together traditional and digital art :clap: The final effect is just amazing :)
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you like it! :peace:
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conzpiracy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Respect to you man - that is an awesome fucking deviation.
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thedaemonspawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
I cannot begin to tell you how deeply this piece has struck a chord with me. Have you been watching my defense mechanisms in recent months? :paranoid:

This is oh so most excellent. :+favlove:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, haven't been spying on you but now I might! The long and short of it is that both my folks are alcoholics and after I moved out I joined the Air Force and became a mental health tech and worked in the substance abuse section and saw a lot of the crappy side of people. So this is just a little something about that. I haven't heard from you in a while and thought something might be up, but I'm glad you stopped to check this one out. Take care!
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thedaemonspawn Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
I like knowing what's behind a piece. :D For me, it's a perfect representation of how I've been trying to keep my demons at bay. I'm really glad you made this. :D
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Doc. If you ever want to hash it out and get it off your chest just drop me a line. I'mnot the smartest guy on the planet but I can listen.
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thedaemonspawn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
Smart has nothing to do with it. It's what's in the heart that counts. ;) You're such a doll, thanks so much. :hug:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
No prob...or should I say "as you wish"
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thedaemonspawn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
:blushes: :giggle:
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LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
Nice work! I recognize the man ;) but how did you come up with the idea for the creatures?


The framing and 'layering' make this really unique. :thumbsup:
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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
yup, I'm the only model around here that works for free so I exploit the hell out of myself. As for the demons, I actually started with just the portrait idea with the bottle and sketched it out. I was sitting watching hocckey one night it for whatever reason the demon idea hit me. I did some research into some old Bosch pictures and the whole Dante's Inferno thing and liked how the people seemed to just be swarming. Then I saw a drawing where the only thing that was in color was the main figure and it all clicked some how. If I tried to explain how my brain works when it;s in idea mode I'd drive people nuts! And I'm going to school to be an art teacher!!!
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Mr-Taboo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
Very cool concept , that is very well done :thumbsup:



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HardenedInk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, I appreciate you stoppong by!
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