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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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