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An Allegory of DeviantArt by Himmapaan An Allegory of DeviantArt by Himmapaan
A gentle satire.

Pencil on 'parchment' paper, approx. 21 x 10.5cm.
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:iconbutterscotch-deep:
butterscotch-deep Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Though it is just a little drawing, it is still quite well done.
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
The world is one's own construction.  One can build the Crystal Palace or a Junkyard, depending on one's standards.  As a caricaturist and an artist, you are stunningly good.
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roninvalkyrie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
You pretty much nailed it with this one.
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xy174j Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:) (Smile)  I kind of see what you mean. But what about coffee and beer? 
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art-explosion Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I missed this picture. It looks like a fable.
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DarkDijinArtie89 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I find this to be rather one-sided, let alone, ignoring a very large majority of people who can appreciate the "high n' fine" art as well as the "culturefuck of social degeneration" material. People are, no matter what, incredibly complex creatures.

Likewise in this day and age, there are people who can mass-produce tea and make it as cheap and "low-brow" as can of soda. Then there are people out there who can actually brew and craft their own sodas and avoid all the artificial ingredients in order to make a tasteful drink. Of course, then there's coffee (my preferred drink), something that can also be mass-produced or well-refined. In fact, any subject of things out there can be mass-produced or refined... Which get to the point of my overall thoughts behind this.

If you're going to let certain kinds of subject matter and ideas be the determining factors of what's "artistic" as opposed to how the subject is presented, the skill and technique of the artist, and what the artist is trying to say, then you're as much of a mindless "consumer" or "mouth-breathing dummy" as everyone else is supposed to be. It's like saying the music that uses 36 chords in a single progression is much more "superior" to the music piece using only 3 chords in a progression, even if the composer of the more complex music piece had an overall horrible execution of their craft.

But I guess that's why I drink coffee over tea and soda; it's something for everyone, but it's also something that can be refined in a way so we're all not stuck with absolute garbage.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a satirical cartoon. Not an in-depth essay. :) It by no means represents the intricacies of all my feelings on the subject of what constitutes art, which are lengthy, numerous and ever-changing. A satirical cartoon by its nature can only deliver a quick bite on a sentiment that can be immediately felt. It was created merely as a means of coping on one minuscule matter among thousands.

Please relax. And try not to presume too much. ;)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so perfect! That "11!!!!1!" is great, made me smile, just like the overall word you chose. Using beverages for comparing is a very clever idea, as well as fox and tortoise. A true master you are :clap:
Sometimes I wonder why I'm not popular at all, whereas some people who do bad digital art have so many watchers and pageviews...but I guess it's also because I don't do any fanart and don't like any manga/my little pony/ whatever.

Fantastic work!!
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Redilion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I`m afraid I desagree. There are still lots of people who can see the difference. This is the goal of DA: every piggy will find what it is looking for. There always will be tea-lovers :) 
By the way, fantastic work.
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DarkDijinArtie89 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I feel the same way myself...

Of course, where's the bird selling the coffee at? Because you know, not everyone wants to drink leaf juice or carbonated water with high-fructose corn syrup in it... Some want something in the middle.
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cricetofurioso Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome drawings and idea, I completely agree with it...thugh I don't like tea ^^"
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ChubbyCake725 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really lovely expression & linework .
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LunaSheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
cute and clever 8D
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed. 
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sen22 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great work. I like details of turtles' skin.
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tea1450 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
But there are a few people that like tea, though...
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:iconnavaak:
Navaak Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Subtle yet effective. Great work!
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Comedic44 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbravoplz:
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Saddeningly true. I am frequently frustrated by the ever growing assemblage of low-grade fan art and unskilled work that bogs down DA. It makes doing searches for artwork difficult, though I also admit that this is how many of use get our start in art. I guess I have mixed feelings about the nature of online art communities. *shrugs*
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chaos-in-compounded Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
the real question is; can one have.....fizzy tea
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:iconferrignofan:
ferrignofan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*holds up carbonation* 
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:iconfmr0:
fmr0 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Concept and drawing are inspiring and thoughtful!
A true delight.
May I have some tea, please?
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:iconro-heryn:
Ro-heryn Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
A sad but a true "word" or rather picture...
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:iconivanrostoff:
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
What are you implying that I will get more views if I put pretty girls in cheep clothing?!
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DahliaFay Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
not just for deviantart.
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Liketheisland Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Accurate.
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:iconcloud-dragonz:
Cloud-Dragonz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
True, but this is not restricted to da, I think its a people thing.
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Sipper-kettu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm addicted to tea, both this kind and actual tea X3
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So true!

And,

I have that tea pot! XD
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No kidding! ;)
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:iconloulin:
Loulin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So striking and so true.
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Papriko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
I was about to write something. But the comment section is already huge enough, me thinks.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh eh, really like it ;)
And in my opinion it could also suit other aspects of the web and even society in general, what do you think?
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I agree. ;)
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Godforoth Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I think this is the idea...^^
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lantairvlea Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A most appropriate satire.
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ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really should get a Daily Deviation, not just for the quality of work but to also force some people to consider their tastes.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Yup, pretty much. DA, America... the world. *sigh* Not that a bit of mindless, fun stuff is a bad thing once in awhile - like a donut - but it shouldn't be your entire entertainment diet. I try not to despair for the future, but it's *really* difficult.
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so funny, and so true to life! Most of us choose stuff that is bad for us, and then wonder why we get sick later. :\

Your illustrations are amazing. I came to your DA page from your Blogspot site, with all your dinosaurs. They are lovely and creative.
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DojiArai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true...

Thank gods, the Tortoise is still here though. I am totally addicted to your tea, Niroot!
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chillypaz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
So true.
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BenGoodspeed Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
lowest common denominator
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For what it's worth, I agree....But I really am very fond of tea. The tortoise's booth just looks like such a good idea...
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: Brilliant, Niroot :clap:
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:iconhimmapaan:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
>_<
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup - good take on people and their relationship to the liquids they put in their bodies. Me, I am coming down squarely on the side of the turtle - and the odd bottle of good red wine in the evening...
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Somnium-23 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
More like an allegory of modern popular culture in general.
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Woodpig Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, you'r 'tea' beats their 'fizzypop' any day for me! :)

Lovely, as usual.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha spot on... On that note, time for my own cup of tea!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:tea:
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