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Masks by JohannesVIII Masks by JohannesVIII
Communication and sociability. Society. Life in general.
We've been wearing masks for so long that nobody knows who he truely is.

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First version here [link]
I started that painting last August and it was lying unfinished on my desk since then. I just couldn't find the right mood. Fortunately, Illusion (VNV Nation, [link] ) helped me a lot and now it's finally done.

A4, acrylic on canva board.
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:iconallatwan:
I'm going to comment in two languages, so hang on there :P

[Fr.]

Franchement, il n'y a rien à redire. L'idée est originale et intrigante, les personnages proportionnés et parfaitement identiques (du moins leur silhouettes), le contraste entre le blanc et le noir à la fois classique sans être cliché et original grâce au fond gris qui permet de concentrer l'attention du spectateur sur le sujet sans toutefois être fade. La source de lumière, bien que faiblement visible, est présente et logique par rapport aux ombres. Le pelage des sujets est insinué par des petites touches tons sur ton, les courbes des queues et du haut des masques ajoutent encore plus de symétrie...
Bref, j'ai été subjuguée par une oeuvre à la fois si simple et claire et si profonde. On sent qu'il se cache quelque chose derrière cet échange de regards et ces queues entrelacées.
Un tableau réussi!

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[Eng.]

Honestly, there is nothing I would say against this painting. The concept is both original and intriguing. The characters are proportionate and identical (at least their silhouettes), the contrast between black and white is classic without beign cliched and looks rather original thanks to the grey background which enables spectators to focus on the subject. Though the light source is barely visible, it is still present enough for the shadows to be in logic areas. The subject's pelt is hinted in a few areas thanks to little patches of different hues. The tails and heads' curvy lines add symetry to the whole thing...
All in all, I was stunned by such a simple and yet profound piece. It looks like there is more to that exchange of looks behind masks and the way those tails are intertwined.
Well done!

[Forgive me if the translation isn't oerfect; I kind of did this on the spur of the moment :P]
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:iconnightshadeulf:
NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*squeals* Way too cute though!
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bjacobsdesign Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
awesomeness. love the feeling of innocence from this. I feel as though they want to meet, but they are afraid. It's so simple yet it captures such strong feelings.
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ShadowsOfTheLost Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the compare-contrast with the black and white. Your paintings are amazing - a lot better than any I've tried to do.
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:iconjohannesviii:
JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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JRollendz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely concept.
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ulawan5 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
okay just... WOW :wow: just.... :'D they're just so cool looking!
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Faeliscity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Allatwan en a tellement dit qu'il y a plus rien à ajouter. C'est tout simplement super. Je pense que ça va me faire un fond d'écran pendant un moment... :D
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:blowkiss:
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PurpleSugar Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
j'aurais aimé dire un commentaire intelligent et constructif, mais tout ce qui me vient en tête c'est "wow" . Donc, on y va avec le commentaire d'homme de cromagnon : wow! *bave*
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quand ça m'arrive, je fav et ensuite je cours très loin très vite, donc t'as déjà plus de classe que moi en ce domaine xD Merci !
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:iconpurplesugar:
PurpleSugar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
haha mais de rien ^__^
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MaliciaRoseNoire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
J'adore ! Je verrais bien ça sur un T-shirt !
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Pikshii Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
C'est superbe ! :o Super travail !
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci ! :)
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Iden0 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a perfect representation of the epitome of the Law of Opposites-one word-Perfection!! :)
Il Adore ;)
:meditation:
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:iconjohannesviii:
JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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Iden0 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np :handshake yvw ;)
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Lord-Darkmore Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'est superbe, j'aime beaucoup. Si je peux simplement donner une petite critique (puisque tu souhaites vraiment qu'on trouve quelque chose à corriger sur ton travail), je trouve la queue du blanc légèrement trop fine autour de l'endroit où les deux se croisent. Sinon, c'est parfait.
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah oui, t'as raison, j'aurais dû repasser dessus. Merci !
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Lord-Darkmore Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
De rien ! :)
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BlackAndRedRainbows Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Beautiful. It's just... I usually have things to say or point out, or at least ask...

There's one thing that I love, and that's simplicity, to put a strong meaning on a simple image. I just love it. :heart:

They should be giving Daily Deviations to these amazing works.
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many kind words :hug:
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ZeTrystan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
Woah, c'est superbe! D8 Vraiment vraiment!

Ça me donne envie de le fanarter, mais bon, je me demander si je dois être suicidaire comme ça vu la liste que j'ai de trucs à faire. x)
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UN PEU, oui. :iconwthplz:
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ZeTrystan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Student Filmographer
Mais je je je je je je...

...

ÇA M'INSPIIIIIIREUH. TT__TT
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Kefrith Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Genetically engineered mutant squees?
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl:
I didn't thought about that but you're right, they kinda look like squees. :XD:
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donatien1740 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: It's beautiful. (why do all my comments begin with this :D)

Now I wonder if the mask is their face or if they faces underneath.
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:iconjohannesviii:
JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly, I have no idea. In the first version it was actual masks but I don't know anymore.
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnifique! :D Je n'ose pas mettre de critique et pourtant, ça en mérite une... :P Je le fais? Ou pas... Et dans quelle langue?
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Euh euh dans la langue que tu veux, pardi ! du moment que je la comprends (a.k.a : pas en breton) :XD:
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Allatwan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: Alors là, je ne m'y attendais pas, à celui-là! =D
Bon, dans les deux langues, alors, pour que tout le monde voit à quel point c'est génial :)
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JohannesVIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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:iconallatwan:
Allatwan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Y' a pas de quoi! :D
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