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Beauty by TroyBlue Beauty by TroyBlue
This is yet another pen and ink project. It is based on a figure I saw in a dream.

I wanted to portray the image of beauty that so many women strive to become--shattered, in the mirror.
What the figure represents is the result of self-loathing and the constant torture that so many women around us endure.
It is what their bodies come to look like after their irrational physical conditioning to become what our society has come to call "Beauty", thus the title.
You'll also notice the slit wrist...this was my attempt at emphasizing the sadness and depression that accompanies a woman's inability to become an image of perfection that cannot be acheived.

I hope you guys can appreciate the meaning as well as the art. =)
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TheMetaku Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It Looks like a Big Broccoli.
Didier-3d Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooooo strong!!! Superb 
Entenn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
eanggito30 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
AlansArmy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
I really love the art, and it shows exactly how some people (expectually girls) suffer because of what the world/their parents/their boy- and girlfriends want them to be. And they try to be this "beautyfull" one and give themselves up for this "beauty" which is in fact just a mirror for our sick society
Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
"Perfection" is impossible; there is an Optimal but that's technical, with no bearing on culture.
AtLeastimalive Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Good piece of art, I like the profound message it contains.
Nice artwork.:) (Smile) 
JPenaranda Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Profound. touches the root of our culture. Thank you
CreatorofExistance Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Gosh dang it Barbie!!!!
Talicia23 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Your description and drawing is touching and true. Beautiful
ThatGuyWithTheTShirt Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist
beauty in in the person's previews of conundrums of philosophy.
Dianeh4 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
truly heart-breaking, but it was the aim of your work. Your idea to represent the madness and the dangereousness of the pursuit of the absolute beauty is, in itself, beautiful.
GingerVicky Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece of art is amazing and the message behind just as powerful and important
Blackclass180 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
POWERFUL pic. Bravo, just bravo. 
AaliyahG Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
The picture AND the description is so deep and true
Why is this so true
Rabya-Fraij Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!!
nyangirliemeow Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
this is so powerful
FireBasedKiller4913 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
one look at the picture and I saw exactly what u wanted it to show. Amazing job
Near-Doom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful how did you do this 
cursed-angelica Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No matter what people view you as, a person has intrinsic beauty just by being a person. There is something miraculous about the body and soul entertwined, existing here on this earth. I've never thought of anyone I've talked to as an ugly person, because getting to know them, they seem to become something more and those petty thoughts disappear.
artbytemper Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
what a beautiful response
TheSphinxThinks Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AnoushayKhan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very expressive! Love it!
bleachfan-829 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful message, i love art that has depth to it, especially since I can empathize with those emotions and thoughts.
Imnothereyouknow Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. The message and the actual drawing, that is...;)
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Mirror, Mirror on the wall,
Who is obsessing all for gall?
Though one's beauty can be admired,
Why vainly seek a fleeting empire?

Forward messages that one may speak;
Living plainly, Loving and meek;
Living through some pain each day
But daily sweeping it all away.
Living simply so others can live,
Giving lovingly - There's so much to give.
Come out to play when it is time
Living in faith that you will be fine.
Fleeing from fear before it is near,
Holding on to love so dear.
But do not lie, It isn't true;
Love has so much more to do.
eanggito30 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
quote ? or lyric ? mind if you gimme  the title or the author ? 
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Actually I penned it, out of interest of Biblical stuff; It's based in Proverbs 31:30. Note I don't think the word "Fear" (as in "scared like in a nightmare") should be in the Biblical quote, more like "Revere".
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I gotta avoid condemning, God.
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The first verse is saying why strive for "Perfection" Which hurts - Worrying if everything "Is just right", etc.

The rest, Well, If you interpret it properly it's fine - Though the "Living in pain each day but daily sweeping it all away" part didn't say that pain should be a habit like having an obsession with crying just for crying without purpose without intention to be consoled.
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well depicted; "Beauty" Is fleeting. Proverbs 31:30. While a person strives for the impossible, Meanwhiledoes the person on the inside look skeletal?
BarryFromMars Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*Meanwhile does
scumbolio Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Professional Artist
love it..
alisharehalx Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing
SimplyaSimpleThinker Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013

wow... this project of yours certainly does speak.


FrostedSugarSkull Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
One glance and your piece strikes a resounding message into anyone with half a brain. Perfect aesthetic beauty is a shallow and even destructive goal for women of all ages who are growing up in an increasingly distant and emotionally hollow society. When this goal is not achieved, you end up like the sketch above (in extreme scenarios -- worst case is you end up killing yourself). I love what you've portrayed here, and am currently favorite-ing it. 

On a critique note, excellent lines, shading, texture, and accuracy in anatomy, plus your unique art style shines through in a subtle but realistic way. Very, very well done. Would suggest a little more accuracy in the angle perception of the background. Also, shouldn't some of her shadow be visible on the tiles/floor? 

Hope this helps!
MattPoncho Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Some what disturbing but very meaningful, good job.
AsbestosOsprey Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Visual poetry that speaks to everything that is wrong with young women's perceptions of what they need to become.  Well done!
BeautyOfTheMind Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Artist
This Image just SCREAMS torment! 

I love the details you put into this, the location of the girl and the mirror, very nice work! Based on how it shocked me and made me think, this is amazing.
But to all women, and men, beauty is on the INSIDE! And can be developed. You can be the most pretty model, but if only your cover is taken care of, and not your content, then you missed the meaning of beauty.
Dulce55221 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
pretty detailed ,its horrific and is inspiring in a way lol ,it inspires me to eat!! hahaha jk lol
Ecoro Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing art, oh and by the way I agree with your statement.

In my opinion there is is no such thing as an image of beauty... only a thing of beauty if you think about it.
whilemina Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I love this, the concept is amazing! Keep up the good work. :)
my-eternal-dreams Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
This is so neat!
GingerHeart222 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend dosnt think shes beautiful because of what society thinks of beauty and it kills me to see her and others think like that
SouOfAnAngel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Reminds me of my best friend :/
Kick-assBabyKiller Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This. Is. So. True. I have friends that struggle with eating disorders, on top of self-harming. This says so much, I've been trying to think of something like this to do lately. I honestly couldn,t think of a better was to portray this.
Vive-La-Liberte Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so scary but it says so much.
Cronaj Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This image spoke to me. Sadly, I can relate.
maisymoola Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
amazing picture and what you said really touched me i have zero confidence and am very shy but you just boosted my confidence when no one else could , thankyou, i am so gratefull for that ...the image really portraits how society pictures perfect women only as there size and there is no use trying to be perfect you should be your self no one should have to act like someone else everyone should express the individuality inside them instead of keeping everything bottled up and no one will see the real you. thankyou Q_Q
CantoOstinato Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artist
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Submitted on
March 22, 2005
Image Size
458 KB


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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot SD200
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Focal Length
6 mm
Date Taken
Mar 10, 2005, 7:36:43 AM