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Breathe by terrie923 Breathe by terrie923
Trying to paint futuristic stuff.
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Since some people asked about the choking position and motifs, I want to explain a  bit about the painting.

The painting was actually inspired by a dream i did a long time ago in which, I, was being strangled by someone I knew...
Therefore the main thing I wanted to express, is being lost and helpless that I've experienced in the dream; not that I wanted to paint sexual,violence or disrespectful stuffs against women....
(I hope you guys can understand cuz my English isn't really good ;w;  )
Thanks for the comments you guys gave me, no matter positive or negative, I will keep in my mind and continue to work hard!
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Given 2014-05-25
Breathe by terrie923 ( Suggested by uchuubranko and Featured by cinyu )
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
great colors 
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AlexandraGuizado Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
so cool =P (Razz) 
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Zileph Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so beautiful *o*
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Tru1Cortez Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2014  Student Artist
I love this, I just wanna let you know I shared it on my Tumblr with a link to your page.

grimmendingz.tumblr.com/
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MinorFiction Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully tragic and tragically beautiful. 
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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:iconmeryl-sama:
Meryl-sama Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I love this concept!
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YUSOADORABLE Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I dunno why but I really like her outfit.
Congrats on the DD. :heart:
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NightyNite Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist
You have improved a lot over the past couple years. Good work and grats on the DD!
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:iconwilllake:
Willlake Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Digital Artist
coo'
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NekoNekoGirl04 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. c: It looks amazing! :D
Congrats on the DD! :meow:
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:iconfishmanderp:
FishmanDerp Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
It's beautiful, yet also fairly horrifying.
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:iconthepenvsthesword:
ThePenVsTheSword Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Writer
Sounds like an interesting dream. And this is a great visual representation of it!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
!!~Fantastique~!!
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COOKIEdotNET Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Wow. This is so amazing. I love how the colors are put together so well. :]
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
trippy, I like it. I think people are overthinking the strangling motif.
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:iconpasithea:
Pasithea Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
In the future you will be choked.
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ValkyrieaKu Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD but why is she being choked?
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RumbleTTT Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Breathe? This should be titled "Don't Breathe" because she's being strangled.
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:iconangelkite:
AngelKite Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Maybe it's an encouragement (for lack of a better word) for her to breathe/fight back despite being choked? o:
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Lan-Hikari Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Congratulations! Looks great and I love your art style too!
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FoggySam Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This is cool. It looks like she is inhaling or exhaling amethyst in gas form. Futuristic sci-fi stuff is just awesome, nice work.La la la la  
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shinaiyumi121 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks so amazing!
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:iconblitzaeon:
BlitzAeon Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Its a beautiful painting ^^
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:icondtriel:
DTRiel Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know how to feel about this...
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:iconjoshono:
Joshono Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I love it
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thundergalaxy Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Incredible.
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FireFly889 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I'm looking at this draw and I just don't know what to think.. it feel weird.. I love it.
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
The girl is pretty,but the scene is bad:someone a strangling the poor babe!  :omg:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it worked. Great job!
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:iconjusticefighter2424:
justicefighter2424 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of tablet do you use?Huh?! Choose, Elsa 
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:icontatsuke-oshita:
Tatsuke-Oshita Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Wow... that seems deeper than it tries to look
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:icondessinmaitre:
Dessinmaitre Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of Ariel loosing her voice. Very nice. 
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undyed Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
agggh love :heart: especially the colors! ^o^ well-deserved DD!
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KemikLy Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow! Congrats on DD! :icongrin--plz:
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xArcania Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful~! I love how the vivid colours come in contrast with the darker colours. Interesting how this can be interpreted a piece of art with a deep meaning or just a piece of art with a simple meaning.
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kopljar Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This actually makes me feel a bit queasy. It's brilliantly executed but the motif I find really disturbing. The sexualised pose of the subject combined with the choking makes for a very objectifying and misogynist interpretation. If you wanted to express the feeling of choking in a way or another, why make the subject sexy? And if you wanted to express sexuality and erotica, why is the subject being choked? 
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leadafro Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"why make the subject sexy?"

Why not?
Is not "sexy" a more subjective phrase anyway though? Since sexy "isn't" universally objective, people have differing tastes.


"And if you wanted to express sexuality and erotica, why is the subject being choked?"

Is not Sexuality and Erotica broad, and spans a vast spectrum of subjects? I shouldn't have to list any examples.


"The sexualized* pose of the subject combined with the choking makes for a very objectifying and misogynist interpretation"

Maybe to certain hypersensitive people, like you.

The beauty of it is that it is subjective. I could even argue the hands choking her could be female hands. Since the artist never mentions. Even if they did, I don't see an "objective anything" in this piece.
The artist has expressed what they wanted, and they have already mentioned they meant no harm towards women ect. It's a shame they should even have to say such things to justify what they want to draw to anyone anyway.


I don't mean to come off as insulting when I say you are being hypersensitive, but I think your criticisms lack substance, and are coming from a more narrow view.
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kopljar Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think it's a shame to discuss art in any way, I think discussions like this are always good to have around a piece of art as they promote understanding of others views and understanding of art.

I wouldn't say that I'm hypersensitive, but I work a lot with how genders are portrayed in art and of course that perspective is always close at heart when I view artworks. That's the beauty of art, that we all see it differently.

To me it doesn't matter which gender the chocking hands belong to, the point is that the subject, who is female (like 97% of all people portrayed in art - something to ponder) is being portrayed both in a sexualised (ie sexy - I didn't know the word sexualised didn't exist in English) way while being abused (choked). In a world where sexual violence against women is so common I think it is necessary to contextualise this and examine how we portray women in art (as we mostly do). This painting is not an isolated incident, women are portrayed as weak and inferior, objects to behold, in the majority of art. Women are painted from the perspective of a heterosexual man, and are thus made to be enjoyed. I believe that we need to understand and examine this, and the effect it has on the viewer and in the long run, our society. Art is both a reflection of what is and a way to affect what is to come, and I believe that as an artist one has to be aware of that.

If the painting is meant as an erotic piece I think it's a bit disturbing that the subject is being choked - if it pertained to a special fetish or sexual interest I would have liked that to be expressed from the artists side. I am myself interested in BDSM and can see how this would be attractive for some, but I hardly think all people who have commented on, liked or even viewed this without any reaction on the motif are interested in BDSM or sexual asphyxiation. That is what I find disturbing, that so many view this way of portraying women in a weak and sexual way in the same time as something normal.
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Pybotic Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah, I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I really do love this piece, especially it's colors, but it gives quite a weird message. I really wish the artist would've given a better hint at the original intent, but hey, art is up for interpretations.

Though I think it does have something to do with erotica/sexually, some people have a fetish for being choked during the act. (Such as Sabamenides said.) Because she isn't moving away like someone would be if they were being painfully choked and how the other 'person' is holding her throat isn't like someone who is trying to injury seriously (but it still does constrict/hurt.) So it may be for that purpose? 
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Sabamenides Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Well, this might not be directly related to this piece, I can't know if it's part of the original motivation because the artist was extremely brief in the description. While your concern is perfectly valid in the first place, I just had to give my two cents about your second question: there is actually a (quite dangerous) sexual practice involving controlled choking, it's called erotic asphyxiation.
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kopljar Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know about erotic asphyxiation, but I wouldn't interpret it as that unless the artist made it more clear or at least mentioned it. I would love some artist input on this!
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r.i.p. David Carradine, lol (or not really a laughing matter? ... *awkward confusion enters* ^^;)
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mimirucchi Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, I was thinking about that too...
it makes me feel kinda bad for liking this piece, even it being due to the coloring and the style
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nekotas Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I donīt know how you have done this but itīs amazing : O
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BrianGeoffrey-surely Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Supreme success - may I ask how many hours you put into this?
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Hjellbrekke Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful work =) 
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:iconrest-in-pinkness:
Rest-In-Pinkness Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this piece is quite... breath taking ;) 
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ChristineWay18 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is a beautiful piece of work, i love the colors and detail, may i ask if there is a story behind it, and who is the man/ woman that has their hands on her neck? 
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