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Resiliance by astraldreamer Resiliance by astraldreamer
I was trying to think of a way i could represent a way i feel about my fibromyalgia. I had this image of a face trying to lift her chin above a black swirl, trying not to be engulfed by it, trying to keep her spirits up.

This is what resulted.

Perhaps the patterns in the circles are a bit too pretty - but they do at least have lots of barbs in them ... lots of sharp bits that could stick into her.

Done in ink on paper, but I had to do a bit of fixing up in Photo shop as the blacks don't scan all that well (little reflections of white come out as white spots).

You can still see the influence of :iconjaewalker: Jaewalker here. I can't seem to get away from the circles at the moment.
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Giovanni-Palma Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing :)  love it!
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AniDandelion Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! reminds me on this :) [link] the girl and the music :)
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad you like
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional
Very expressive
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It was certainly menat to be an outpouring of how I felt. Thanks for viewing and for commenting.
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The-Lonely-Sock Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
I think what's great about your art involving Fibromyalgia, is that looking at it almost makes one proud to have or proud for having put up with it as opposed to feeling shame.

Great work!
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm proud for the efforts I put forward to live as normal a life as possible. It still prevents me from working full time, and I'd be more than happy not to have to deal with it ... but yeah I congratulate myself every morning I manage to convince myself I really do have to get out of bed.
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ephemeratics Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a lovely picture - the patterns are a delight to the eye!
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much, I do enjoy designing patterns.
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fatihsen Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
very nice
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much.
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KerStitch Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Very interesting interpretation! The way I've been feeling lately, I'd add more spikes around some of of the smooth circles. :(
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah ... it is just an interpretation though. It shoudl really have much more dark black areas in my opinion.
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v-Vampir3ss-v Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Student General Artist
this is such a beautiful work, just amazing!
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much, I'm so glad you liek it. It means a lot to me.
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v-Vampir3ss-v Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Student General Artist
your very welcome :)
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful interpretation, Interesting how you went at it too. Fibro truly can feel like knives. Mine's been acting up a bit the past couple weeks. Excellent job here.
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so kind.
Maybe your aching from all the knitting and crocheting? LOL
Seriously though - they were one of the first thing si Had to give up. Cross stitch hurts if I do it for too long too.
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think if I had to give them up entirely I'd cry buckets. I'll do them till I can't any longer..
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There's always hot water. I got so desperate to draw one day (and my hand and arm was killing me). So I made up a bucket of the hottest water I could stand to put my arm in and soaked for a few minutes. It definitely helps.
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funygirl38 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmmm interesting...I'll have to remember that next time I get too sore to knit.
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fashioneyes Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Perfect. :)
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jujubeeze Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
I love the title.
I could understand the emotion you were trying to get across.
Including the points and barbs sticking out, with the face trying to break free.
A nice emotive piece. :+fav:
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, thankyou so much.
Comments like these make the art seem worth while.
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jujubeeze Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
:tighthug: :star:
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
this is a great piece of work. lots of nice fine details.
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much. Details seem to be my 'thing' at the moment.
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izumo32 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
This is my favorite of all your pictures!
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? That's great, thanks. What is it about this particular one that grabs you?
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izumo32 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Hmm....I really love the bold outlining of the face and how it sharply blends in with the black. It brings depth and it helps the amazingly patterned and detailed circles stand out :D Plus, as usual, you make lines flawlessly!
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I am totally honoured.

The unbroken black spaces were deliberate, partly to express my feelings and partly to develop my skills using more flat black.

I'm so glad you like it.
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izumo32 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
You did a great job!
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Katerina-Art Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing work i think one of your very best :clap: the details in the swirls are beautiful :clap:
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou so much. It took perhaps a little longer than some of my other 'pattern' works, while I decided what to put in each space. I do like it, but I'm concerned it is a little more 'rigid' than some of my other works.

Well, I myself am a work in progress. :heart:
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