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Human needs by Algalad Human needs by Algalad
personal work!

this is my third DD , thanks a lot (Ginryuzaki , brietolga and  diphylla )
and thanks guys for your all nice comments !
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Given 2014-08-16
Suggester said: "I came across this outstanding digital painting, which immediately touched my soul.. just wow! This artwork has an absolutely great philosophical meaning as well. This painting has everything: fantastic detailing, composition, colour, lighting, and a beautiful message. In my humble opinion, this is a breathtaking digital painting."

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Human needs by Algalad ( Suggested by brietolga and Featured by diphylla )
nikkita91 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
This work is amazing! The colouring and use of shading is very eye catching. Love the proportioning of the figures and their expressions.
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
So when I first saw this I made the mistake of scrolling through the comments before I really decided to look at it in depth.... wow, I see people have a lot of interpretations for it. But now my own initial reaction hasn't ---- didn't get a chance to manifest itself. Read too many ideas to swirl around in my head first. Now I don't really know what to think.

I just know that I can sense some kind of truth in it.

Maybe if I can distill my roiling feelings into words, I can come back and say something better.

Thank you for creating this. :heart:
abdelrahman Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
To people who think it's sexist, just think of it as a graduation in skin roughness .
origanimekid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and sorry for the essay, I do that sometimes, going on and on, but I really enjoyed the piece. By the way, congrats on the DD, you can probably tell by my response that I think you deserved it XD
origanimekid Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though my first impression was of suffering, from the man's anguished face, looking into the depth of the picture i can feel a since of hope , as there is no hope without something to hope for. It is apparent that the man seems to be the dominant "object" of the piece, but that doesn't make him the main focus of the artist's message. Referring back to the man's facial expression, it is clear to see that there is something  extreme that is beyond himself, yet his positioning or role in their family system shows responsibility and protection, observed by his figure carrying both the harshest highlights and the darkest shadows (and the obvious strength as if he was a human wall). Now in the women's and child's expression seems comfortable and peaceful (at least in comparison to the man's expression) from receiving his protection. They both still receive some light, but it is much more gentle and as a form of gratitude in return, they stand behind the man and simply support him in his time of distress. The use of color reveals that the women and child preside in warmth by the reddish-pink (the baby receiving the most warmth and protection) while the man has a cold blue seen on his side of the cloth (and a little bit in his shoulder). Now what I appreciate in the piece is the connectivity and equal "caringness" (not a word, but it'll have to do) of their family union, observed by their arm positions. The man, instead of shielding himself from the powerful light looks straight towards it while positioning his arm towards the others; The woman embraces the the man and even looks like she's merging into him (though her two hands could easily touch both the man and her child); And the child lies gently as if asleep onto her. Now the only reason I may not consider the neglect of the baby (since it resides at the bottom of the "chain" w/o any attention) is because it is also nested on the "warmest side" (in comparison to the cold blue side) and opposite to the main threat of the picture, the strong light, shielded by both parents. P.S. Light does usually signify God or enlightenment, but knowledge can be good or bad and there can definitely be harsh divine punishment P.P.S It could also be death's light, but by now there can be any number of interpretations of anything in the piece
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MyHiddenThoughts Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  New member
This is beautiful
Uneclipsed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
So first off I would like to say you're doing something right because there is a lot of commentary on how this piece could be interpreted.

That said, I have to agree with some of the people on how this COULD be interpreted as a "sexist" piece. Now, before I go on, I just want to say that I don't think it was intended as such, and I can also see how this could be a piece dedicated the support and well being directed at one man (ie the main figure). (But it's the same visual indicators that allow for both interpretations to exist, and for my part, my immediate reaction was to see how this was a selfish portrayal of men. I say men, because to me, that man encompass all man.)

For one thing, the man is the largest figure, allowing him to take up the most space on the canvas and allowing us, the viewers, to see that he is the important figure in this. He is looking up into the light that falls only on him. This piece is about him. All of this is fine in general. However, combined with the fact that there is no acknowledgement of the the two figures behind him, makes this a little uncomfortable for me to look at. Even the female figure seems unaware of the child sleeping child grasping for her, all of her attention and affectionate touch is focused on him. She seems content to be thrown into a supporting role. She doesn't even seem to mind that he doesn't have his hand on her hand or arm or that he doesn't seem to be leaning back into her loving touch. All of his focus is centered on the light above, which is centered totally on him.

And that's the gist of why for me, at least, it seems a bit of a beautifully rendered, self-centered, unthinking piece of art.
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