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Bearing Thorns by IanStruckhoff Bearing Thorns by IanStruckhoff
November 1st, 2009

Photographer: =ian-x
Model: *PlastikStars
Make-up: ~P-X-E

"If you smell night-blooming flowers, don't go down that path. Turn around and get yourself home..."
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I could not possibly pass this one up!!! Your model is gorgeous, the makeup is placed masterfully, and your framing and lighting is terrific. The first thing that catches my eye is the drops of blood on her arm which is also the brightest side of your image. From there I move to the left of the image to her hand placement and then up to her mouth as though Im following the blood back up to its origin. Her eyes are beautiful and are the next thing that I look to. The background is simple and non obtrusive and gives the image an industrial feel with the steel gray color. It matches very well with her eye color and the coldness of the image. This could easily be a selective color image but works really well in full color. I get the sense that this is some kind of every teenage boys dream / nightmare to have a beautiful woman looking at them with those eyes just before being devoured by her. Of course your image gives the impression that the murderous act has already occurred and she is simply caught in the after moment. What appears to be a single light from camera right and perhaps one on the background gives your model an edgy feel and really defines her femininity. Add to that the goose bumps on her arms and body and it really starts to say cold blooded and heartless to me. At first I was not sure that I liked the goosebumps as its something I probably would not consider leaving in the picture, but the texture and feeling it adds after looking around the image several times says to me that they belong there and the picture, while still would be beautiful without them, would not hold the same feelings. The name of your piece throws me a little bit because I do not get the "Thorns" idea right away. Perhaps fangs would be a better approach. The only way I can get thorns from this image is through a stretch of the imagination that a female is considered like a rose and with every rose there are always thorns but like I said it feels like a stretch. The name by no means detracts from your image and after all, as Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." So it is that I can imagine your thorns for this image.
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
gorgeous, she is so intense
dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mind if I draw?
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't usually give permission, but we can work something out. Drop me a note, so I can go over a couple of details?
Hajar-Moradibeni Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
Muse-Morte Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I love everything about this picture, really. Great job.
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Muse-Morte Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure :)
hybridgothica Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i recognized her from afar. Shes a gorgeous model! lovely work!
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! (She does stand out, doesn't she? :) )
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