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Sort of a conceptual self-portrait.
I guess there's no need to write what it means, it's pretty easy to interpret... And yes, the books actually have titles (in croatian) :)

The print caption says "Equilibrium" instead of copyright information.

Graphite + ink on A3 paper.
Grrr scanner ate my shading :x

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xyldrae Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh! is that a bat hanging??? reminds me of a very special bat whom I miss (@_@) huhuhu really looks like him. [link] Anyway, I do love the illustration... what a selfportrait!
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nelchee Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah that's a bat :aww: The bat in the photo is so cute.. was he hanging around your home?
Thank you, I'm glad you do!
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:iconxyldrae:
xyldrae Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes... He's the only bat in the area I've seen living solitary... but he lived in the palm tree of our small gate for months and I see him day-in and day-out as I go to and from work. I never liked bats until this one :love:
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RoseAddict1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Love the little bat! :-) I'm working on a piece called Tightrope, but mine's somewhat darker. I'd much rather be balancing over your books than over my shards of glass & other stuff.
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :) I'm glad you like it.
That is interesting, please forward me the link when you upload it, I'd like to see your version :)
It's all about symbolism. In my case, it was the unwanted college that was suffocating me, the book titles are relevant. Obviously something is causing similar issues to you, but you decided to portray that something with a more sinister image. That's OK. As you can see in my gallery, some of my other works are much, much darker ;)
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Artzykat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love surrealism, and this is one of the best ones I've seen. I love the sort of simple elegance, and nice shading you used. At first when I saw the books I thought they were buildings, and I was like, "cool!" And then I realized they were books and I was like, "AMAZING!" :D The whole concept is great.
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :) That was back in the day when I was drawing mostly with ink... and was very unhappy with my studies, which inspired this work :D
I'm glad you like it so much! :aww:
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SiberianClover Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008   Photographer
I have featured this in my journal [link] !
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:iconmissedboat:
MissedBoat Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Gornji dio slike mi se nekako više sviđa :)
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
o vjeruj mi, i meni ;)
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halluciphy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
Very fairytale... reminds me of some of the illustrations in childrens' books. To me, the child-like appearance of the girl adds a sense of struggling to fit into the adult world, and being unwilling to completely give up being a child.
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thank you. People have told me before my style reminds them of children's books :)
I like your interpretation very much, and it's almost scary how you guessed the feelings I often have.
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halluciphy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
:) I only guessed it because I don't particularly like being a grown up all the time. Some things about it are great (hey, I can stay out all night and my parents aren't here to yell at me, and I can make any art work I like and people treat me as an equal!) but other times it's really rather crap (it's my problem when I'm stranded in the middle of town at 4am with no cab money, I've got to make myself get up in the morning and get into uni on time, and people look at me funny when I start talking about what's going on in my head!).
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nelchee Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
well said :) I guess the entire generation goes through this. unlike my mom who already had me, a job, and a car when she was my age... times they are a-changing ;)
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halluciphy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Heh, true, we are part of the generation who probably won't aim to have children until we're about 50!

I feel reasonably independant, other than the fact that my parents still help me out with the costs of my course (they figure it's better to do it that way than have me working 25 hours a week on top of my course). I live in a flat at the other end of the country to my parents with two friends and my boyfriend, I can shop, cook and know how to pay the bills... but still panic when I have to change a plug...!
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nelchee Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
I still haven't moved out, although I'd wish to... I work part-time, but it would never cover the food and rent. My boyfriend is studying abroad, so we can't split expenses. For a while I thought about dumping college and find a full-time job, other people talked me out of it. They were right in their arguments, but sometimes you just know it's time to go.
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cometnatia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
this is so cool, I love the girls outfit, and a great concept too. :heart
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dustfae Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
I love this picture :)
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pisorg Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006
thats good..:)
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:iconsanjab:
sanjab Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Purplesho-es Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
definately one of my fave!!
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
thank you :)
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:iconpurplesho-es:
Purplesho-es Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
:handshake: your welcome! :D
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fantasywinds Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
wow, super je slika! pravo iz mojih fakultetskih nocnih mora - nedostaju jos samo zubi knjigama i ono tiho rezanje :fear:;) :D
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006  Professional General Artist
hahah predobra ideja :D
ma dobro, ja nisam htjela knjige prikazati kao nesto lose, samo je cinjenica da bi se ja radije bavila nekim drugim stvarima.
hvala na favu :hug:
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:iconfantasywinds:
fantasywinds Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
imam opravdanje, ozbiljno - citam previse Kinga :p :D
ali knjige te proganjaju, tu su gdje god da se okrenes... ne mozes pobjeci! :evillaugh: ;)

:D I aim to please! :salute:
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
sto me podsjeca na Knjiznickog policajca... :fear:
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:iconfantasywinds:
fantasywinds Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
ili cak na Tamnu polovicu...
BEWARE the BOOKS! heheeheee
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MeNTaLPSyCHo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006
amamzing work, Are you studying physics?
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
thanks :)
electrical engineering, actually ^^
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alex098 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006
very cool idea for a drawing :) i love your style
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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henrymc88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
wow i love it great pic, love it well done
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you, I'm very glad you like it ;)
and thanks for watching me :hug:
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:iconmustoof:
mustoof Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow beautiful artwork:D
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
thank you :hug: ^_^
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:iconpim-s:
Pim-s Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
awesome! I really like the concept! could be my selfportrait too :D
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
heh thanks :D I suppose everyone that likes art and self-expression over studying could identify themselves in this picture ;)
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Latristessedurera Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Pretty stars^^ Don't step on the bat:O
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
hahah I'll be careful not to ^_^
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iluvar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
teška literatura :)
sviđa mi se kišobrančić...ma i clijela kompozicija...
e da i šišmiš je zakon :)
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
uh, slazem se :phew:
hvala :D
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:iconrob-art:
rob-art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
svida mi se :) lijep crtez :D
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
hvala :hug:
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:icontriton7:
TRITON7 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006  Student
super (makar mrzim realizam al sto je dobro dobro je)
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
realizam? :D hahah a dobro u usporedbi s mangom možda, no vidjela sam neke manga crteže koji su mnogo realističniji od ovoga.. nisam baš pazila na anatomiju i sjene u ovom crtežu.

hvala ti :)
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kakarinac Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
više nego izvrsno ... :)
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
aww hvala :hug:
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:iconwanna-be-witch:
wanna-be-witch Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006
svida mi se!
ali nesto mi ne stima sa oblacima usred noci, imam dojam kao da je sredina dana (moze i cetvrtina)...
shoes, i umbrela su very nice!
u svakom slucaju super!
:phew:
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
da nebo jest malo svjetlo, no nekako nisam ni htjela previse tamno... uostalom, moze proci kao nebo rano ujutro prije nego sunce izadje, a tad sam redovito budna :laughing:

hvala :hug:
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