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Rorschach Experiment 01 by Art-of-Eric-Wayne Rorschach Experiment 01 by Art-of-Eric-Wayne
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This is a non-representational piece, though I'm not sure I'd really call it "abstract" because it's too evocative of real things, without ever being them precisely.

I left the title ambiguous in order to let people form their own associations and impressions without leading them.

There is NO interpretation. My idea about doing something non-representational, though, had to do with creating substance through the interrelations of the various visual components that somehow mirror subtlety and complexity in the real world in such a way that one needs to have experience and understanding to create or appreciate it, but it doesn't directly reference any subject, politics, or other standpoint.

technique It was completely rendered in Photoshop using standard drawing and painting techniques.
below are details of the image at near actual pixels

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And here is an animation showing several stages of the process
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My journal entry about this piece: fav.me/d5gnmym
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:iconjane-beata:
Writing critiques for abstract untitled pieces isn't that easy, there are hardly any rules or standards to judge by, I don't even feel that a comparison to other abstract pieces would be appropriate, but you let it untitled for the reason you explained and so I will follow only my own instincts and feeling in this critique, that will be highly subjective.

To answer some questions that a critique usually answers, I find the painting original, technically very advanced, possessing impact of it's own kind. Composition implies inner space, looking at it makes me feel "inside", but the top left object disturbed the flow of the piece by being defined with a border. I feel much more comfortable about the right part of the painting. Your coloring is very appealing.

I think that paintings of this kind are a great companion for the moments of thinking, it's why I would hang such a piece right across a sofa. Good job :)
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gordonjugah Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Very vivid and colorful! The flow feels good as well!
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chesya Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I don't find abstract work especially difficult to analyse. I look for form and coherence and balance in it's creation,and refined use of tone and colour - all elements of syntax from which metaphor is drawn.. The subversion and/or inversion of these values is also appropriate, particularly in relation to conventions in figurative work.

There are lots of what I call pregnant lines here that could belong to multiple forms. I developed a technique get rid of them - of course I failed. So I guess the flaming figure in the right-middle foreground is mine. Given that we've given up NOT having associations, the top left structure is neatly positioned to make one think of an orb the moon or sun - I like the inversion of sun cold blue and the Earth on fire. This too significant to dismiss as are the evocation of. If Rothko clears or stabilises the mind, then you are enraging it.

I remember I acted in a play written by a friend of mine. My character was called Bauer, the German for pawn. I assumed that it was because my character was a pawn at the heart of some court intrigue. I chatted with my friend about the character but it seems the part was named after a rl person called Baker. The thing is that this type of association occurs to often to be a coincidence.
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Your interpretation isn't far from mine, though I think of the blueish self-intertwining form on the top left as the mind or ego. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
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prettyflour Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been Featured in my journal!

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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Cool. Thanks!
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:iconangelichellraiser:
AngelicHellraiser Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Love this piece. :)
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:iconthegarfieldtouch:
Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so wicked awesome! i give this million thumbsup!
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:iconhannarrawr:
Hannarrawr Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I love it, fantastic use of brush strokes and color, keep it up
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:iconhoudashams:
HoudaShams Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this... It is really something unique, I adore the harmony of the colors! Really beautiful work!
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:iconmidgey103:
Midgey103 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, the coloring in this is crazy.
- Nicely Done!
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Crazy is good. Not sure about the colors anymore because I got a new monitor, and now they look different (even after calibration). Might have to adjust them a bit when I find the perfect trustworthy monitor (and can afford to buy it!).
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:iconmidgey103:
Midgey103 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, well, all that matter is that they look great. ^^
I have an HD screen and it looks sweet. :D
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:iconroamingtigress:
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I really like the colouring and texture here. Great work.
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks. It was all about the texture, which can be difficult to achieve in PS.
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:iconroamingtigress:
roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
You are very welcome :)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional
cool
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks.
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TalimarJones Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I see the path that leads back to the campfire.
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Ha, ha, ha, ha.
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:iconunicornomics:
unicornomics Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   General Artist
The texture reminds me of fur
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
You mean the part on the bottom right? That part is kinda' like fur.
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:iconxdimov:
XDimov Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   General Artist
wow , really interesting style and well picked colors ;]
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Thanks! It was an experiment.
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:iconelesette:
Elesette Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student
beautiful and interesting piece!
I love the top right part of it i immediately think of brains c:
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
You must mean the top left, I think, 'cause that place really does have a "brain" quality to it. It does have something to do with consciousness and perception and reality. Glad you like it.
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DeaconStone Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really interesting and nice work. The way you've contrasted the colors, the shape and the movement I really like. Its definitely eye catching, and visually appealing...at least to me :)
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks Deacon, so glad you appreciate the shapes and colors. I was trying to give it all the texture, form, color, and space of a representational image while making nothing recognizable exactly. I think you got the picture, so to speak.
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:iconwaywardgal:
waywardgal Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
this looks magnificent! good job!
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
So glad you like it. I don't think it's for everyone, so you might have a kind of sophisticated taste, me thinks.
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:iconroreri:
Roreri Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very cool and very unique >.< I love the colors and the use of cool and warm colors to contrast each other >.< Looks really interesting!
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks. Glad you could get into it on those levels!
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:iconpockicchi:
Pockicchi Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Love the details and colours! What a unique piece. ^_^
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks! Glad you like it.
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SafaiaKiba Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I like the coloring :)
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Cheers! Glad you liked it.
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:iconecedie:
eCedie Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool , lol
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Cheers.
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eCedie Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icongrin--plz:
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Zilcho32 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
That's pretty awesome. I just love the painterly effects you get with Photoshop. I had a look at one of the "details" up close and it looks like actual paint rather than pixels. As for the subject matter, well I'll just have to make up my own mind about that, won't I?! Well done, sir.
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Thanks Zilcho. Had no idea if you'd like this one or not. It's different from my other stuff. Yeah, the painterly effects are becoming a commonplace in my new art. They have the advantage that I enlarge the image to the size I want BEFORE finalizing the brush strokes, so the end result is a very large image that will look great printed large.
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Zilcho32 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Great that you're innovating with Photoshop. Just goes to show that creativity really has no boundaries. You can play with the technology just like you'd play with "real" brushes and paints.
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Thanks Zilcho. I've been trying to combine real painting into a new piece, but it seems superfluous. I've already got a pretty good handle on my digital technique.
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Zilcho32 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Probably no real need to do that, then.:D
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TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
That looks awesome. :love:
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Cool. Glad you like it.
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metalromantica Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I love the colors here...and I can write a poem while I appreciate the interesting artwork...:)
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
I'm glad you like this one. It's a bit different from anything else I've done. I don't even plan on doing any more like this very soon = it was difficult.
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:iconmetalromantica:
metalromantica Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
looks a very detailed and exhaustive artwork...but beautiful!...

...How you doing(?)...
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:iconart-of-eric-wayne:
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
I'm OK. I'm busy lately looking for a new job in September. I want to live someplace new. But there are a lot o hurdles and traps to get over or avoid.
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:iconmetalromantica:
metalromantica Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
well I hope everything will be resolved good...:)
and please keep painting...you are a great artist!
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