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I'm just a Puppet of my Fears by borda I'm just a Puppet of my Fears by borda
oil/canvas 50x70 cm
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The painting is very expressive. I like the way the woman is twisted and the way she turns her head away from the ceiling. It also suggests a claustrophobic reaction.
The position of the legs, that of the hands and the red eyes enhance the feeling of fear, which the whole painting speaks of.

I also like the symbols of the lock and the key. I see this as a message like: The key to her freedom is at her, but she cannot open the lock. Also, the door which leads to freedom is unlocked, yet she cannot see it. So, she remains a prisoner of her fears.

The color choice is good as red is a color associated with fear and danger. I also like the exagerated size of the character as it's in contrast with the motive of her fears.

I look forward to your next deviations :D
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81 out of 83 deviants thought this was fair.

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This is really a combination of a lot of fears. Fear of spiders, claustrophobia, fear of the dark, fear of clowns (?). Each one of those is very well presented in the piece.

This showcases the abilities of the artist. The lighting, perspective and facial features are extremely well done. The locket around her wrist and key around her neck symbolize that fear is really self-implicated. You are your own salvation. That was very clever to put.

The only thing I find a bit off are the panties. I think it's their colorfulness, it doesn't seem to fit. But that might just be my opinion. You might've put that on purpose for contrast.

All in all, a great piece with immense impact and symbolism.
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:iconmrbadguy7:
mrbadguy7 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
beautiful
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meringue-in-a-tux Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there is someone behind the door.. i know its supposed to mean something but i cant think of what! >< care to explain? great piece by the way, i had a long look at it.
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   General Artist
ooooh i havn't seen her yet! so grotesque. the light is great. are you afraid of shadows as well? :)
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:iconborda:
borda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
the fear is useful only when an adrenalin release is needed, to be stronger into a fight and run situation...you cannot run from your own shadow :P
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:iconminzile:
Minzile Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
you cannot run from your own fear as well... so the fear of fear is not a usefull phobia :P... (not saying that any other phobias are usefull XD)
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CanadianThanks Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very good! I like all the fears put in there, and I can see someone peeking through the door; is that another fear?
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Phoenixhouse88 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
i absolutely love this. the composition is great as is the expression on her face it's perfect.
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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here : [link]
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful symbolism here, poured in a very artistic jacket! :D
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:iconskeegoedhart:
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
bloody incredible . . . as usual! :)
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:iconblacleria:
Blacleria Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I have featured your work in my journal, hope you don't mind :aww: [link]
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:iconlazy-konu-san:
Lazy-Konu-San Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Me: *Shudders*
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:iconquaddles-roost:
Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The mood and atmosphere are fantastic.
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:icondee58:
Dee58 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Very nice:) I love your use of space here
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:iconimpaled-corpse:
Impaled-Corpse Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Featured [link]
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:iconkennyc:
kennyc Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Great Job! Love it!
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Stacabrau Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Love it !!
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:iconbriansnairb:
briansnairb Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Wonderful job!
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:iconthomasmuse:
thomasmuse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Artist
really magnificent.
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Fantastic use of light and shade...superb work :clap:
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:iconkk75:
kk75 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shadow puppet master, Very Good.
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92KICKSTART Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
freaky looks great XD
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:iconcobainlives:
CobainLives Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've managed to marry beautiful and dark together in this painting; it's absolutely marvelous. :)
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:iconlousephyr:
lousephyr Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
luv the style you've got going there;
certainly got that darkness, that comes with fears;
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LilacPearl Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This beautiful piece deserves all of the attention it has gotten!

P.S., I spotted quite a few different fears in this.
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:iconrtistry:
Rtistry Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Strange and beautiful
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:icongaga-crazy:
gaga-crazy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im wondering if i could put your art in my next deviantart blog
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:iconborda:
borda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
sure yes, thanks, sorry for my late reply :))
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Smartz4Artz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is she arachnophobic and claustrophobic at the same time??
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WalkingtheFineLine Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so perfect. I love it!
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RebekahW Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Writer
Expressive, unique and awesome. :)
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Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how creepy this is~! Top notch work~! :)
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Cut-throatSunsets Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man. I love this
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vappletree Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pure genius. I love every detail of it, specially the whole thing with her own shadow and the strings!
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here-kitty--kitty Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks as though someone is peeking in from the door, did you intend that, or am I just looking at it wrong? Regardless, absolutely amazing work. It makes me shiver, because I know the feeling all too well. Spiders are terrifying.
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ksra Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a story this image tells.
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RayZorZedge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the hint of a third character behind the door. It makes me feel as if the female is braving her fears to protect a little one. Nice work very emotive. Thanks for sharing.
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brokenwhispers16 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful and twisted in any sense a master piece could i feature this in my club please :)
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:iconborda:
borda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
sure, thanks, sorry for my late reply :(
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:iconblurrhog:
BlurrHog Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Vury cool.
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:iconpenyu-chan:
Penyu-chan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! :D
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Huuudi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so expressive! love it :heart:
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DirkStarr1977 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Amazing art. Amazing and very disturbing.
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supercalifrawhatsit Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
she reminds me of Nina from the Crash Bandicoot games
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:iconganunba-questionmark:
Is that Angelina Jolie?
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
ALWAYS so great my friend!
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Wowzabunny Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no ways. art on deviantart. not an illustration.
im so very impressed. great job dude!
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the-rainy-monday Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful concept!
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SpecterCody Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very interesting, her face shows a lot of emotion.
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Deepy247 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
thats a really creative concept of fear! major props
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