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Feature: Stories with no words

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 3:30 PM
An image is worth a thousand stories

OmeN2501, creator of the following deviation, Rain, says in the artist comments:

"Story behind it is pretty simple, they want something form her, she cannot let them have it... no matter the cost"

Who is she?

Now the viewer is left with a series of questions... Who is she? Who is pursuing her? What do they want from her? Why is this thing so important she's willing to take her own life if that means they won't have it? What would happen if they get it? And most importantly; what circumstances lead the pieces of this story up to this point?

The answers to these questions are left open to the viewer. It's up to you to decide who she is.

The mission of an art piece

There is a passionate discussion about what is ART that will probably go on forever. How do you define art? What characteristics does an artistic piece has in order to be called "artistic" in the first place? 

Maybe we will never agree on a universal definition of ART, in fact I think we are bound to never do it. Maybe art is too personal to be limited to just one definition. However there is a point most of us agree with and that is:

Art needs to cause a reaction on the viewer.

I think most of us agree that if when you look at an artwork it makes you feel, dream or remember, causes you joy, sadness, disgust or happiness, makes you think or ask questions, doesn't matter if the reaction was pleasant or negative, then it already achieved it's goal. It may not be what you were expecting at first, but the message was delivered.

.Memento Mori. by akimaro Lookouts by cwgabriel Time stands still by fightbeast peaceful loving sisters by Nayzak

While I believe that every piece of art is capable of this without exception, at least to certain extend, I also think there are some that are specially powerful in not just causing a reaction on the viewer, but also telling a story, without the necessity of words or a secuence of images. The features in this article are a personal collection of what I consider examples of this.

Look at the arworks featured in this article and try to look beyond. They may be just an image, a map of pixels put together to create the ilusion of a scene, however the posibilities for the story behind these characters are infinite, and everybody looking at them has the option to create their own.

It's always nice to look at impressive artworks showing the tremendous skill an artist has, but how short is the life of your attention to a picture depicting a character just standing there? It may be an impressive and detailed work, but if it doesn't make you imagine what's behind the character I can assure you you'll forget about it soon.

Very few things are more powerful than an image with that something that makes you stare at it for a long time, imagining what brought the characters up to the scene depicted in the picture, creating your own story of who this character is, maybe he's the villain, maybe he's the good guy. It's up to you to decide.

A collection of images worth a thousand stories.
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews article collection for posting later today ~ August 10, 2012.
Cinders8328 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WOW, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this! I am so glad to be sharing in your views and have even found new :+fav: 's from your article. I have also contacted artists to ask them if I could write a piece on their art due to it's inspiration for me. Here is one such piece, I'd love you to check it out:
Here is the visual that inspired me: [link]
here is my link: [link]
I believe in moving ART!
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
:#1: That's so awesome, thanks for sharing!
lorreinegeralde Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I must say, this is such a gorgeous feature! A picture can tell thousand stories...and that's a miracle. :D
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Indeed it is! :)
Funkifan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful images. I think that the girl of the first image has a secret, like she is an alien, or has telekinesis powers. That is why she is in that sittuation.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
That very well could be! :P
Funkifan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, maybe...
firebreather2536 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy amazing
FicticiousAnimation Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An amazing article! Thank you for a great read!

I've never realized this before. I always thought that art was just something that the author felt, but was just something for the viewer to look at. I also thought that if the artist didn't love the piece or if the artist didn't have a particular vision for the art then it isn't really art.

THis article has changed my opinion almost entirely.
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