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The Inner Struggle by TheNass The Inner Struggle by TheNass
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Hey guys

this is my entry for the good vs evil contest.
With this image I wanted to portray the inner struggle between good versus evil, also called "the heart of darkness". I chose this subject as it's a very personal matter to me. Lately I've been struggling with whether to try finding a job which pays well and so gives me an opportunity to build up a decent, stable life (the fancy jacket), or to try finding a job with my passion: drawing (the heart). Which would mean a very uncertain life.
This explains why I didn't go for a "heart of darkness" because I'm still struggling with which one is good and which one is evil.

I used a puzzle of references in this one for the linedrawing, but not for the rendering. It's all started from scratch in Photoshop.

Comments and favs are appreciated!

With all respect, but I would prefer not getting comments about my personal struggle. Please only comment on the painting

Tools
- Photoshop CS2
- Wacom Tablet
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:iconselfworthv:
selfworthv Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
well done :) inspirational to me
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:iconcry-gaia:
Cry-Gaia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Can I use this as an avatar? :O
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Loreic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
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I think this belongs to you.
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:iconloreic:
Loreic Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCK
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:iconjlanier:
jlanier Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scary and cool looking at the same time. I like it. (JL)
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delicouslavethe8 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
this is awsome man i feel you with the struggle all i can say is follow the wind hommie because even in the uncertaincy of things the wind will always flow in the right direction.... great great and very powerful peice mate

the charactar reminds me that of sylar from heroes tv series in the case that because he was at the pinical of descion destiny decided to make it for him and unfortunitly those controling "his" destiny where morally grey themselves thus turning him into a monster of such caliber un matched
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :) And thanks for the fav!
But wait.. I'm like... Sylar? Cool :P J/k ;)
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delicouslavethe8 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
ohh wait that was to be a self portrait oye i was saying the resembelence was that of sylar lol
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:iconvladimirsangel:
vladimirsangel Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lighting here is fantastic - beautiful choice of colour palette too.
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks :) And thanks for the fav!
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:iconblackrolls:
blackrolls Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
Golly gosh that lighting is SPECTACULARLY AWESOME and this concept is so cool and a brilliant idea
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010   Digital Artist
Thanks :) Glad you like it!
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:iconthelearningcurv:
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
when i saw this in your gallery I thought this was a really nice and simple image, very cool artistic vision and thought it was nicely rendered.... great work
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconberquinn:
berquinn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a great concept. The personal touch behind it makes it even greater. I hope you took the job for your passion :)
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Heh, it wasn't a specific choice at that time. It's more the question of "which direction should i be focusing on?"
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:iconthesmokeking:
thesmokeking Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
wow man you've gotten so much better it's not even funny. Good stuff.
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Digital Artist
:blushes: Thx man!
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silversmithfire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Beautiful work and representation! Hmm, I think that this struggle is not so much between good and evil, but between desire and need, which can be, if you think about it, the same.


Don't do something you will be miserable with in ten years. I know you'll be able to do what you love somehow.

May God bless you richly.
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Indeed it's not strictly good vs evil. But I could relate to it at that time.
Thx for the comment!
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:iconsilversmithfire:
silversmithfire Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
You're very welcome!
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:iconpuchiko-chan:
Puchiko-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That;s a gorgeous piece of artwork!
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot!
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:iconvonvelvet:
vonvelvet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I think inner struggles are the hardest of all to win. =)

The veins in his hands and the hair details are great. And not to mention the colors balance out very well. Overall beautiful piece! =D

Instant :+fav:!
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot! And thx for the fav :)
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:iconinsgesamtingobert:
InsgesamtIngobert Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I like the painting, it's very well done. the colour scheme rocks ^_^
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :)
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:iconpt200:
PT200 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow great work man
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 27, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :)
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Beee85 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
awsome job..
my personal opinion on the inner struggle, i say go for the money! and then build a sick studio, then chase your passion at night!
you cant draw all day now c'mon? i cant..
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 13, 2009   Digital Artist
Glad you like it :)
Hah, I think I'd be able to if I have enough commissions. Chasing my passion at night? I tried that and it's REALLY hard to keep that up when you have a day job
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Beee85 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
thats true, i have a day job that has to do with art and i sit and create/design all day, and when i get home i still find the time to do my own art, but i know i would be more into my own art if i didnt do art all day.keep in mind im single and have no kids! so i have a lot of time in my hands.
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The-Seacow Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Dude I really don't know what to say for this. It's absolutely stunning. You have really put time and effort as well as thought and passion into this. Beautiful man, simply beautiful. I hope everything works out and you can continue with your passion and your life as a success in the future.
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 13, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :blushes:
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:iconstijnrf:
StijnRF Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
you overdid yourself once more :) the lighting on the hands and the shirt's wrinkles are great!
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 12, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot bud! And thx for the fav :)
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IlincaMilosan Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this kind of struggle is one of the most important ones in someone's life... it's a really important and very tough decision to make. I love the concept and I think it's the most unique one from what I've seen so far in the entries.
Good luck; I hope you win :) (both the contest and the struggle ;) ) :aww:
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :) It definitly is an important one.. Thx for crossing your fingers and for faving!
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Darkrai400 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
fantastic peice !
+fave
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :)
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Darkrai400 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
no prob!
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:iconcopuli:
Copuli Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so not your usual style, but I still like it. :>
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner May 2, 2009   Digital Artist
hehe :) Just felt like putting more work into it. It's a deep subject too so something cartoony wouldn't have been very fitting.
Thx for the comment!
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:iconcopuli:
Copuli Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeh, I know what you mean. I'm kinda in the same situation as you are. ;<
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:iconmossawi:
mossawi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009   Digital Artist
nice :)
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx :)
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:iconnatynarunyo:
natynarunyo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
woow excellent!!!
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:iconthenass:
TheNass Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   Digital Artist
Thx a lot :)
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:iconnatynarunyo:
natynarunyo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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J-Jammer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Simply love the concept and it looks fantastic. It practically speaks for itself...well for me it did without your description. But it personalized it so I read it the description, but I go the gist from the picture. :D

Favorited. :D
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