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Chasing After Death by mattahan Chasing After Death by mattahan
...just to call ourselves brave.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-06-20
The suggester said: "In the face of danger, the strange peace and sadness with which the girl sits, while she is being killed and eaten by the bears create a void of unexplainable emotion within the viewers! Chasing After Death only to show ones braveness is portrayed in truly an amazing way with beautiful muted colours and soft strokes by ~mattahan! A viewer would feel truly at awe and horror at the lengths she had taken to show her bravery to the world that most of the time values bravery for death, sometimes for nothing and often held high for men only. The depth of emotion and gravity with a message in this work that has less of "action" but more of the surreality and sorrow mixed is astonishing! Be sure to definitely check out this deviant's amazing gallery!" - I couldn't agree more :D ( Suggested by phoenixleo and Featured by Norke )
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akm73 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
I really love the lighting and the atmosphere of your piece!!! so beautiful to watch, the way you design black characters is pretty inspirationnal!!! keep it up!!!
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Le9 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
"Chasing after death just to call ourselves brave." Blackstar reference? ;)
Anyway, this is a beautiful piece. The expression on her face is just on point. Lovely work. :)
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peroxsigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Has a Princess Mononoke feel.
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peroxsigh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Has a Princess Mononoke feel.
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leandrojsj Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
lol
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ferdinoptimus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
cool
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nekoliloo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that feeling when your are so depress that you can`t save yourself, even if you know you are the bears eating yourself
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JeSullivan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Awesome
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MsEmpresSive Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
This is niiiiiice (Kweli)
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shadowassassin777 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Awesome
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Vivid-Funk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
One of my faves ever.
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b9r1s Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
i love this
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iBeTheNfamous Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dope. nice Black Star reference :)
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danteas Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
This Piece is an on a scale of Epic proportions YOU ARE A PAINTING GOD!!
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HidayaAkade89 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
You definitely have a gift.
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RageMania Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student General Artist
For someone being eaten up, she looks amazingly calm.
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olutunu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
The way you hook these photos up..... then with the Hip-Hop captions is pure genius!! Yessir you made my evening
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Kazu52 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Been listing to Mos Def?, chancing after death to call ourselves brave, still living like mental slaves. So true, for the black community in my city.
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MeganBrianna Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I love your figure...it's so amazing...I hope I can aspire to your talent one day.
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Maitri-Harys Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Saddened by unknown grief... she plucks my heart out... And the polars bears...
How natural... their reaction, to her decision...
Not to die awaste, but to be nutrition to those that can use her as fodder...
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Whistle-and-Kiss Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
I thought polar bears just played in the snow and drank coca-cola. here they look kind mean.
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gentlemangiant Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Wow, this is a really interesting painting. I like the difference in the bears' tolerance of her presence, from having one let her sit on him to two others violently attacking her. It's really, strangely, peaceful. Awesome.
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c-niska Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! :) Everything looks so smoooth and the colors are very beautiful :)
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gapizabala Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
calm...
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gapizabala Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Calm..
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camup Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Cool! And very atmospheric!!
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ZombieFX Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Princess Mononoke : Bear Edition Oo
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plummie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lovely. I love your coloring style :D
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lancerdrake Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Very inspiring its worth of everything
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tomatecannibal Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnifique !
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laurenced Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
the image of Goldilocks and the three bears came up to my mind when i saw this. really good! :D
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TheMobiusMan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Evil polar bears.
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EroticVisions Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Amazing!
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BluAmu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Man, I know that feeling some days.

Nice work.
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dusk-hopper Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
i can't get over how beautiful her hands are!
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Cola82 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful. I especially like her slightly worried expression. She's clearly somewhere else, and something--doubt, pain, worry--is gnawing at her (literally? I guess literally it's polar bears). For some reason, I'm also really drawn to her hands. They're so delicate. And the way her index finger is raised, it's almost like she's stroking the hand beneath it, to soothe herself.

And is it just me, or is one of those polar bears covering his face? It's like we go from the bear that's cowering beneath her, to the bear that's placing a paw on her thigh and beseeching her with his other paw (or another bear?), almost like he's concerned? And then the three bears that appear to be devouring her. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it seems like a pretty straightforward progression of her mood. The way we try to deny our feelings, and after we tease them out, they devour us. Like when someone we love hasn't come home yet, and by the end of the night we're so sure they're dead that we wish we were too.
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burdensdown Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
excellent
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silent-mausoleum25 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
I suppose she caught death before it caught her.
[Beautiful work].
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Josh-S Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Well done. Very, well done.
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ZachDoug Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
    This work is absolutely stunning ; downright GORGEOUS. I love it.
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Uh, wow. Amazing work 0.o
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weerawan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's look really great.Love it a lot.
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Tannanana Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The different colours in this piece are absolutely enthralling, especially the different tones of colouring on the bears - it makes it seem like they have their own personalities! It's a lovely painting style as well, very smooth and refined but it still looks natural.
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JanaAyena Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow. They're are so many dynamics to this piece, I'm not even sure how to start.

Amazing job :D
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meshary Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
you are amazing,
rely god work
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful :D
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Genny-Raskin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Sometimes I feel like that myself. So I can easily relate to this work.
Well done, amazing technique.
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SallyMayme Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
The art is beautiful, but her expression is like she is...content with her position? (I had to re-write that several times, can't seem to find words) determined? but with sadness or something...

phoenixleo described it extremely well (the Daily Deviation).
Congrats for the DD!
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JohnathanSung Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
im going to think about this now every time i see the coca cola ad now, lol
lovely pic anyway, i dig it
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Cola82 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I am, too, now! Thanks, haha!
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