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V-Tech: Chain of Reactions by ellana V-Tech: Chain of Reactions by ellana
We were supposed to do a project either showing ourselves perceptually or in response to the Virginia Tech shootings. Since I already have a self-portrait for pretty much every year of my life, I decided to do the latter.

After watching the Cho footage and some other student-captured footage on YouTube, I tried to think of the different reactions people might have and sketched out a rough group of people. I ended up adding some more words later. I also added some newspaper clippings related to the shootings.

The puzzle pieces represent a concept I was thinking about. Originally I had come up with "Nobody wants to have a view of the world with pieces that are missing, just like no one is satisfied with a puzzle that can't be completed" in regards to the importance of protecting endangered species, but it works here too... think about all the families and friends that lost someone close to them in the blink of an eye. Now there are empty spaces in their lives where those people should have been, but now aren't because of this... Yeah, cheesey, but I like my analogy.

I threw in some silver you can't see for all the black. All the eyes are either orange or maroon (the school's colors) as well as a few of the puzzle pieces.

I admit I rushed, but the teacher liked it, but then this one student who likes to give me (and only me, apparently) constructive criticism all the time said the two figures on the left were the same height and took away from the rest of the drawing, and that they should be cropped out. I've looked at it and I -guess- I see what he means, but I like the composition like it is, honestly, and the girl about to pray (who reminds me of Kraehe from Princess Tutu) is one of my favorites), so... O_o And then everyone got into a big discussion over whether it took away from it or not and I just sat there and muttered "wow, we're arguing". Seriously... I think maybe he thinks I think too highly of my own work because the teacher praises me all the time (I really haven't liked much of the work I did in class at all, and always try to criticise myself - which doesn't work cuz Richard's always like "WTC?"). I liked Lindsay's and Scott's pieces. I really liked Lindsay's, it was way neat.

Anyway, sorry for the IRL rant. =P

Time: ...er... maybe 3.5 hours? I dunno. Not long in all honesty
Materials: black and silver sharpies, markers, pencil (for sketch), newspaper clippings, charcoal, conte crayon (I actually sprayed this to seal; go me)

About license: You may use this for noncommercial uses if you want, like if you were doing a video montage tribute to Virginia Tech or something. Just please 1) credit me and 2) do not change this image. None of my work should be used for any purpose unless it is stated that you can.
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Aleka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008   Writer
Would you believe that some people were laughing by dinner time? Some people were gathering with friends that very night and eating--laughing--like nothing had happened, that it was all very far off? Some might call it denial, but that wasn't it at all.
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Broken-Skull Featured By Owner May 3, 2007   Interface Designer
wow that is really nice
....my roomate when to VT
one of her friends got killed...she is taking it very hard
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Creamy-Milkshake Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Oh wow,all the analogies,I would have never thought of that.I like how you did the Bg,It's all really great.*faves*
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Clipperwhiz1 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I understand your intentions and analogies, Ella-chan :hug: Cool picture, by the way.
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OmgItsEmily Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wow...very thoughtful and sad response to the Virginia Tech tragedy. It was a really terrible thing, and I think you completely captured the different reactions of people.

Interesting idea with the puzzle pieces, and the background turned out very nicely. My favourite person is the blonde, expressionless guy who's eyes we can't see. It shows that people all deal with sadness differently, and showing emotion isn't the only way.

Beautiful job, I'm sure your teacher loved it!
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ellana Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he's my other favorite. ^^;
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Ickiakki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
OMG. This is sooo pretty, and good for the cause! That incident was really sad. >.> The kid isn't totally evil for doing it, though, we can give him some sympathy. Still, he should'nt have killed so many....
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ellana Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I realize that he may have had mental problems, and I realize that people nowadays do tend to be greedy and take things for granted, but he shouldn't have killed ANYONE. O_o; No one is completely evil, but no sympathy here. Besides, "thou shalt not kill", right?
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Ickiakki Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Yeah. xO I really don't think he should've killed anyone! I just feel bad that he had mental issues.
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RyouShirogane Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wow! This is great! I love how you put it together with the pic you drew, the articles, and the puzzle pieces! Awesome job, I love the expressions!
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MoHarri Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Student General Artist
It's really prity and really touching at the same time you really know how to pull on the heart strings. and thank you for doign some thing like that I have a few friends who were saddend by that happening.
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ellana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, well, it was an assignment, but it was nice doing something. My alleyWAY poster is also supposed to deal with the importance of life, but I actually came up with the idea the day before this happened.

Eh... seeing as I came up with alleyWAY, I suppose I do know how to pull on heart strings a bit. I've become a big softy in my old age so I like sentimental things like that, I guess, even though they're sad a lot of times. ^^;
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MoHarri Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student General Artist
Well I hope you can keep pulling on peoples heart strings You'll get alot of readers and fans that way ^^
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IzumiIchikawa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It's great! I like the analogy of the puzzle pieces ^^ I love the expression of the girl in the middle, the one with big orange eyes... :+fav:
Oh, and I think the heights are fine ._.
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kishfreak Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
....I....dont know what to say....THATS REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY (u get the point) GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:
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MahouKiyoraka Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
the whole reaction idea is great... i love the overall idea of this... it's really good. the compositions is amazing
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Shippou81 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
I.. wow.

I love the different range of emotion in this. You really captured the different reactions well.

This whole incident STILL makes me upset thinking about it. ;_; :+favlove:
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Minamino-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
I don't think the height takes away from it at all. The figure on the far left is my favorite. Her expression's really solemn. This picture does a really good job at depicting the reactions of people.
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Liz-Kaguya Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wow, I love your analogy. I think it makes a lot of sense. I agree with AnimeKittyCafe, "If heights of the characters is the best crit he can think of... sheesh, anyway."
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AnimeKittyCafe Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007   Digital Artist
I love the composition, and their heights look fine. :P If heights of the characters is the best crit he can think of... sheesh, anyway.

The puzzle piece thing is really cool <3
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MinakoHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
wow thats great did you know ppl in va tech to? i did lucky they all are ok. good job cherry san
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ellana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I have friends and past classmates over there but they were okay. My school took it especially hard though cuz we do a ton of stuff with Tech.
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MinakoHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
yea some of my friends i went to highschool with go there but thats good everyone you know there is ok to
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