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Close the World, Open the Next


This is an old piece I did almost 2 years ago while actively learning how to get better at art. My teacher at the time said to recreate an artwork from an artist I admire, so I took ABe's existential classic "Serial Experiments Lain" and drew up my interpretation of the series. To me, the story revolved around Lain struggling to fix things, struggling with people and identity, struggling in general until she works everything out for herself and is able to accept the world for what it is. Despite not having a very nice or orthodox life, she was able to find peace within herself, within the wired.
Trying to translate that synopsis of the series into art was pretty difficult for me, I'd tried quite a few different perspectives and subject matter, but once I had the image in my head sorted it only took about 2 to 3 hours. I remember feeling as though that was a very long time, but now looking back on my latest artworks 3 hours would be nice and brief haha.
The scan for this image was very choppy, and my edits in photoshop didnt do much justice, but I can't find the original anywhere to re-scan it so this file from my DeviantArt account is the best I've got, sorry.
For those who care at all, this piece is roughly 40 by 60cm, fineliner and charcoal on brown paper.


My YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCj5IEGU8x3JwjgIpn0wUoVw
My DeviantArt account: https://triaxisart.deviantart.com
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My Twitter handle: @ShyeYT

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4.57 / 5.00

Jun 19, 2018
9:18 AM EDT
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