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The Boy Who Lit The Stars by zungzwang The Boy Who Lit The Stars by zungzwang

Silhouettes of the Soul: The Boy Who Lit The Stars

Millions of lights across the night.

Hope you like it! Trying out this new style. :love:

Please do not steal, use or distribute my characters or my story!
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(c) Pedro Oliveira .

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Credits: :heart:
Boy: [link] by ~DemoncherryStock
Light Bulbs [link] by *UffeJakobsen
Buildings (background) [link] by sun_skrit from
Ladder [link] by satty4u from sxc-hu [link]
Additional Texture II [link] by `asunder
Additional Texture II [link] by ~Geek-Stock
Fingerprint brushes [link] by ~chain
Moon by me.
Used Photoshop 7.0 brushes for further manipulation!
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Given 2012-07-27
Critique by terthii Jul 29, 2012, 6:23:59 PM
I gazed at the twenty-plus works of art that were in my inbox. Some I just deleted, some I commented on. This piece was different. It wasn't like any of the other pieces in my inbox, so it caught my eye. I loaded the page and I looked down and saw it was open for critique...

My favorite thing about this wonderful work of art is how imaginative it is. The little boy in such a big wide world really creates that "I can do anything" feeling you had as a little kid. It brings back memories, and it makes the art more personal. You can connect to it. The theme adds more meaning than just the image you see.

The way the image was done is really unique. The spots on the picture create a film grain effect, and hints that maybe the art displays something in the past, like a faded photograph or memory. I love the cartoonish style, as it reinforces the fact that this displays a time of childhood. The uneven bench, silhouetted objects, and hand print on the moon, really add to the cartoony feeling.

The way the boy is reaching up, the big city appearing small compared to the boy, and the hand print on the moon, all create the aforementioned "I can do anything" theme. It makes the boy seem bigger than he is; larger than life. But all of this, combined with the art's style, still don't make it over the top. The art is balanced very well, using two main tones to display the art. It works really well. Since everything has been silhouetted, it almost allows to put yourself in the place of the boy, again making the art more personal.

When I look at the piece, I think of Woody's (from Toy Story) saying, "Reach for the sky!". With the boy's arm upward almost touching the moon, and the lights in the sky, it adds to that saying that everyone tells you as a little kid- "You can do anything you put your mind to!".

My complaints- the area at the bottom looks a little too plain compared to the rest of the art. This is a small nitpick, but I'd say that would be the area that could be improved the most upon. Also, I might go a tiny bit less on the film grain.

This is definitely one of my favorite works of art, period. I love the theme of it, as well as the visual. Very well done, zungzwang!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: I love this so much, the concept is amazing! :love: Congrats on the DD, you deserve it!
Elazulmax Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Artist
Hello, I just loved this art!
And I wanted your permission to turn it into a custom signature, is for a forum, I can give credit, but before that I need your permission!
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013   Writer
I used this title for a poem for #TheTitlePage here- [link] -and linked it back to you. Thanks!
Lubab Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Great ,, gonna use it would you mind ?
Lubab Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
can I use it
arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Photographer
A fine concept, well-executed.
Pollyscracker Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey-will Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Wow beautiful image!
LovegoodTardis Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygosh-- i love this ! awesome idea and job
averel-a Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
I used it as a cover in my fb page . I Credited you too .. . Did you mind ?
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