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Art Bulb by AlexPlatonov Art Bulb by AlexPlatonov

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!!! :nuu:

Daily Deviation! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:

Thank you :iconalexisaurus-rex: for suggesting
and :iconcymae: for featuring!

It really means a lot for me! :icondoublehugplz:

And of course huge THANKS to all of you guys who commented and faved! I will read all your comments and try to comment back.. Though don't get upset if I'll reply with just "thanks" to some of you.. There are so many comments and I have so small amount of time to read them that It's pretty impossible for me to write long replies to every one of you.


Instead of writing down my thoughts about this piece I would like to ask you what do you see in it?
What deep message do you think it contains? :meditate:
Or is it just another pointless picture? :slow:

Please share your opinion in comments. =)

Modelling: Blender
Render: Yafaray
Postwork: Adobe Photoshop CS5


Featured in: The Third Dimension : Volume 34
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-10-14
Art Bulb by *Sanjok is simple, but challenges everyone to to make more of it, like an idea that starts with taking one step. ( Suggested by Alexisaurus-Rex and Featured by Cymae )
In regard to the quirky, spiral fluorescent bulb, I see it in two ways. One, I despise the fact that our beloved federal government is seeking to eliminate one of Edison's greatest achievements -- the incandescent bulb. I see the pencil representing the words used in the aforementioned war on incandescence -- "green, global warming, carbon footprint, save-the-earth" -- twisted into a bogus argument; as if the majority of consumers give a rip about that. I don't buy them to be green; I buy them (and originally bought them years ago) for the savings they represented over time, in longevity and electricity saved. From that viewpoint, I see the common pencil representing the practicality of buying such bulbs, for the reasons mentioned. Just as it's hard to replace something as simple as a No, 2 pencil; I see the spiral fluorescent as not replacing, but becoming an ally to the incandescent bulb -- each serving its own purpose, just as the pencil is companion to the pen. As for the sharpener, perhaps the artist is trying to tell us that, in sharpening the pencil, it also destroys it. A message in metaphor?

I realize others will see different things, but this is the genius of art. The artist here, has taken two familiar objects and blended them surrealistically, making us step back and think about what it means. Is there a better reason for art? Perhaps, perhaps not.
What do you think?
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6 out of 7 deviants thought this was fair.

It's kinda hard to critique a work like this without knowing your intentions in creating it. If it doesn't actually mean anything, then who can say the concept didn't work?

As for the visual presentation, the image is quite attractive and the perspective you created couldn't have been better. You've done well with the shapes and coloring, and in most cases, the shading. The background shading could use more work to smooth it out. The horizon line, as well, I think needs to be more defined. If it's a curved joining of surfaces, the fade would be softer. If it's a right angle, it should be sharper. You seem to have been trying to depict it both ways, which is confusing. The metal band of the pencil also seems unfinished, missing that standard crimped pattern, and lacking shading.

There are some very nice detail touches that don't go unnoticed: the wrinkles at the lower bends of the pencil, the sides of the sharpener that reveal the plastic cylinder actually has thickness ( that "smoky" gray color we all know so well is perfect), and the glare and shading on the sharpener cap.

Over all, it's a very interesting and engaging image. It's depicted as a conundrum, so I enjoy it that way, without trying to discern any "meaning" from it. There is one thing that keeps me from seeing this as the realistic - though fanciful - image you created; that is that the pencil is hovering. It drives me nuts(!) because there's no reason for it, given the deftly executed realism it's presented in, and no real law of physics would allow it. If it were paired with another example of physics-run-amuck in the image, it may then seem less peculiar, but as it mind just stops at that aspect of the image, that question that's unanswered..."Why and How is it hovering?"

My final comment is that it's a fine example of that "Think outside the box" way of seeing things that we hear so much about these days. It's been done in art for centuries, and has inspired even the most passive viewer to expand their perceptions of the world around them. I would encourage you to nurture that aspect of your thinking process, to keep asking "What if?" and "Why not?", and saying things like "Wouldn't it be really cool if..." You're clearly already a talented artist, and possess the skill of using CG tools to express yourself and your ideas. That pretty much makes anything you want possible. And also, take your certain that it's the best you can do before you call it "Finished".
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soler7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
AlexPlatonov Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SuperShadowArt14 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had this lit, artist, lightbulb moment, rather than a broken, burnt-out lightbulb, artistblock moment more often! :P
AlexPlatonov Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You can't lit it, it's a pencil, silly =D
SuperShadowArt14 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... You have a point... (Get it? Point? Sharp pencil? Heh... :cough:)

Well, we're going to have to do the best we can! *flicks lighter*
Negatrond Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
This picture really captures the essence of how troublesome it can be to get a bright idea down on paper...
AlexPlatonov Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, it can be quite hard sometimes.. =)
BuckleyTypographics Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just really great.
AlexPlatonov Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! =)
Up-With-The-Birds Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is super cool and very inspirational :D
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