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I never knew daylight could be so violent by Marie-Esther I never knew daylight could be so violent by Marie-Esther
Mixed media (watercolours, coloured pencils, pen, pencils) on thick smooth paper, size A3

Reference pictures: fav.me/d5snh23 and fav.me/d5snmzj by the awesome Laura Zalenga :iconlaurazalenga: 

Part of my personal portraits serie, quite intimate, I'm very fond of this one.
Dealing with the need we sometimes feel to protect ourselves and our weaknesses, even though most of the time, our fragility shows through nonetheless.

"Through the crowds I was, crying out and 
In your place there were a thousand other faces 

I was disappearing in plain sight 
Heaven help me, I need to make it right 
You want a revelation, 
You want to get it right 
But, it’s a conversation, 
I just can’t have tonight 

No light, no light in your bright blue eyes 
I never knew daylight could be so violent 
A revelation in the light of day, 
You can’t choose what stays and what fades away"

No light, no light - Florence and the Machine

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGH-4j…


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I mostly critique literature, so I'm not used to providing feedback on visual art. I'm sorry if I make little sense.
I like your message behind the piece. I think most people can relate.
I love your color choices; blue, gray, and black are colors that often represent sadness.
The detail on the eye lashes, shoulders, and eye brows are great. The only flaw I can see is that the blue shading on the lips looks a little rough, while most the picture appears very smooth and neat. Maybe it's intentional?
I hope this critique is alright, it's the only one I've ever done on something besides literature.
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I'll start with the bad: the "big head" looks a little crooked to my eyes and the teeth that are visible strike me as just a little odd-looking as well. But this is me nitpicking. Apart from the aforementioned I am very impressed. I like how the "big head" and the left hand side of the image are done in a warmer red, while the "small person" and the right hand side are in a colder blue, but they somehow blend seamlessly together. Änd the eyes on the "big head" are beautifully drawn.
The more I look at it the more I like it.
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pitic21 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
superb!!!
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LeadAndInk94 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I love your layering technique and I wish I had an ounce of your skill. The composition is perfect. Stunning.
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samidk Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the meaning that this painting shows, of having some kind of hidden form or something. Great work <3
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MarlenNaessEriksen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so great at this overlaying drawings! I love the eyes.
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designingdisasters Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing art! :clap: :worship: Love it! :love:
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KlarthSan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, great! I like the composition and your style :)
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Discordant is the first thing that came to mind. You can hide, and hide, and yet remain exposed. The intruders are having their way, the fates are playing, the shadows shine, and the light is dull.

Great work. I love how you did the hands, too.
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A-RZ Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
very cool :)
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Thunderchin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist
I am confused by what I am seeing.
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White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Impressive.
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NewNumber2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
You continue to amaze!
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Nso32 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that looks so difficult to do :P very beautiful though! the eyes are soo nice!
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SebVan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. This makes my brain explode with awesomeness. ^^ Great job!
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DavidLuna Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a powerful composition. I cant.. i just cant watch only at one thing at a time. Its really captivating and impressive.
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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EnniArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
wow. Its kind confusing but awesome!
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m-AliceM Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A powerful emotion, pretty hands and eyes.
I think you have captured the song.
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
You're improving tremendously, Gaia! I love the illusions that are present here.
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Scarlett-Winter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
really nice work. seems to be very difficult to draw!
looks really beautiful and I like the colours :)
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Maykenz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really amazing! Your working is a beauty to behold.
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SunflowerInTheRain Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, this is really amazing! It looks dreamy, and like it was complicated or time consuming haha, but all worth it.
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SteMerrigan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Gaia your new work is incredible :heart:
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Kell0x Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This looks pretty amazing I love how the characters ''cross'' each other.
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JavaBeanJohnny Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty trippy. But I like it. Big Fool Emoji-1 (Thumbs Up) [V2] 
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Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! this is amazing! Beautiful skills! I love how you made two portraits in one, very fascinating to look at :) The shading/shadows are beautiful!
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Filmographer
Amazing... I don't even know how you can make something like that. Its beautiful, creepy and super stunning. The colors are wonderful as well. :heart: I love it:heart:
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SECONDARY-TARGET Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can you make something like this :iconshockplz:
I'm truly fascinated by the concept and your mad skill :XD:
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mmoongirll Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Very nice work :D
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felicityfalls Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is seriously the coolest thing I've ever seen, you made two images completely different work together so well it makes me double take. :D
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ninated Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I love surrealistic art...  this is so beautiful :D The composition and colors are perfect!
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AshwinMathuria Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible!!!!! :love:
Loved the concept, inspiring me to try something like this, Imposing two different pictures in a sketch.
:hug:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   Photographer
Wow, this is a captivating piece of art!  I could barely pull myself away to write this comment.  The subtle colors and the eyes (especially the dash of amber in there, I didn't realize that a small detail like that could make such an impact) give it a quiet, kind of introverted emotion. 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the shading and the imposition of differing images on the same picture. The eyes, especially, are really well shaded and look "alive."
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm totally pulled in to the left eye. Awesome
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InPBo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
there was a time we needed to do something like this at school... your's rocks ^^
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GilgaPhoenixIgnis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Really intriguing concept. I really like it, and the execution is flawless.
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harlia Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow complex 
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flowerhippie22 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ive always loved these image within an image pieces!! the eyes in this are just beautiful, all in all a very nice piece :D
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HoshinoDestiny Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Davvero meraviglioso, amo i colori e il modo in cui le due figure si fondano fra loro!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a masterpiece! >3< I really love how expressive your work is becoming! I mean you were really good, but you're reaching all new limits :clap:
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sillypots Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow. I love the overlay of the images. The colours and wonderful and it is beautiful.
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kailuakona Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Love this!!
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TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're doing an exceptional job with these :heart:
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Skipper-doodle1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so beautiful and complex! So emotional and intense, I am really fond of this piece myself. Awesome job! 
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Titivillus1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a remarkable piece of art!!! Beautifully sensitive and emotional. Your technique and style are unique and creative! Love it!
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COLOREDINLOVE Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are such an incredibly talented young lady! You passionately create artwork that leaves me speechless! You're going to be a big star in the art world someday and I'll be lucky to call you my friend and I'm a  big fan and always cheering you on! This is sensitive brilliant moving...a look at you as you see inside your soul. Very proud of you sweetheart!! Kisses and love!!
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xXRisianaXx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
wow, this is so amazing!
I love the concept!
Great work :)
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very Cool! :D
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DominikScherrer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive piece of art, very nicely done!
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Librie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastico! :heart:
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