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Beauty and the Beast


This is my submission for the Sketchswap contest. It was based on a sketch done by Newgrounds user Lintire, that you can see here:

http://tinyurl.com/bdsdnj g

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There's far too much black and white in the world.

Things are either GREAT for you or TERRIBLE for others. That in itself is relative *subjective. Just cause your rich doesn't mean you have it good, and just cause your poor doesn't mean life could be better.

What things really boil down to is being 'self-centered' and 'un-empathetic' towards anyone else.

As the Dalai Lama once said.

"Your Happiness is my Happiness and your Sadness is my Sadness."

Once people realize the connection they share with everyone, we would be more inclined to help each other out.

But it cannot be forced, so don't take actions with inebriated pride.
For every action is but a grain of sand in the gigantic never-ending-hour-glass of progress.

But as Jesus also said.

"First get rid of the log from your own eye first."

We must work on the self just as much to better understand how to help others.

As Joe Cross would put it.

"The best way to change the world, is to first change yourself."

It could be as simple as an attitude, a goal, a mindset, one's heart, a reflection, a revelation.

Like Buddha often said...

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think."

And I believe that once our thoughts become more connected, we can work together towards a better future.

Not just a Dawn and Dusk of Happiness for some and Sadness for Others...

But a Twilight where we can find comfort or give comfort. A unity of all minds, different opinions, and viewpoints. Because in reality, we are all one...in this entire Universe.

All thought, all opinions, all viewpoints, all welcomed.

Working together towards....

Altruism, Love, Peace, and Unity.

The only thing missing is a pampered pooch or catered cat to compare and contrast to the poor little festering feline atop the mattress...

I really love the compare / contrast elements of the piece, and I especially dig how you used gray scale up front and color in the back. It sets a very different effect compared to the norm of what I see on Newgrounds.

The piece speaks volumes of "small town syndrome," where all the beauty is vibrant and in your face, while the "filth," or "dirt," is tucked away within the alleys. Truly excellent work here. Good show.

It's more elavorated than it seems at first sight. It deserves to be Frontpaged.

btw: is that George Harrison in the alley? xD

Credits & Info

4.07 / 5.00

Feb 20, 2013
8:27 PM EST
File Info
850 x 675 px
345.6 KB

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