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Snapshot in Time by FabianMonk Snapshot in Time by FabianMonk
WARNING, this might get far too artsy for some.

Okay this one is pretty personal, so it'll need some explaining haha. I'm still struggling to find the right words to say what I mean, so forgive me if the following text turns out to be somewhat convoluted. I don't even really know what I mean myself. It's a feeling much more than it is a thought.
First of all, here's the actual version: [link] , a video. But nothing really happens in the video, there's no need for anyone to watch it till the end. Anyway:

The general idea was that this piece is about how people can go about different ways of capturing the present and retaining it as a memory.

So, the piece has a meaning but I'm not gonna lie about how, basically, this image exists mainly because I think it looks cool. After doing those punk inspired fliers for our party, I got inspired to take the whole collage technique further. The great thing about the flier project was how we were forced to use a photo copy machine as an actual medium, so I decided to do the same with my scanner. Just experimenting with shit like what happens if you move the image while you're scanning, what if you hold parts of the paper further away from the scan surface than others, what kinda results do you get if you leave the top part open while scanning, now try that out with different types of paper, etc. etc. Definitely nothing new to the art world, but new to me. And it was a ton of fun. This is the main reason I decided to keep studying at Uni, the mental education. The fact that you get forced to think in entirely different ways, the creative exchange that, whether you want it or not, broadens your horizons.

This piece is about as far removed from anything tangible that I've ever done, so I wouldn't be surprised if most people can't find much value in this. It also totally doesn't fit into any category I'm aware of (not just DA, but in general), which might just add to the confusion. I mean, for the most part, it's a still image. It also has a video in there, but the video doesn't really serve a purpose, or at least not a narrative one. It's more of an eye catch, something that would ideally make you take a closer look. Soon enough you'd realize that the video is pretty superficial, but I'd hope for you to then look at the rest of the image and see what you can find there.
The video was taken out the side of a motorickshaw on a recent trip to India. And whenever I stare out the side of a moving vehicle, I zone out and my thoughts start drifting off into wherever. As such, this piece has pretty much that same effect on me. Ultimately this leads to me not paying much attention to the actual image here, but rather getting lost in thought and daydreaming about something entirely else. If that same thing happens to you, then fucking awesome, I've achieved at least something, haha (and I'm not being sarcastic). If not, tell me what does happen, if anything. I'd be very interested to hear what other people think. Sadly the overall effect of the video is somewhat lost because of the shitty compression, but still, let me know your thoughts!
Of course all of this would have been 10 times cooler if I had actually built a frame like this all traditional with an actual screen in there, and if this were hanging on a wall then it would have a much more amplified effect, instead of this watered down web version. But maybe that's something for the future...

Aaaand, my apologies if this isn't your cup of tea and you feel like you were baited into coming here under false pretenses, expecting something more along the lines of illustration, haha.
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
i love travelling. i love art. more, please. :)

and what it got me thinking was...

"how cool would it be if you could chose your music for the soundtrack of this movie? meaning, in-built music. like switches, incorporated into the whole setting. or, no, just one switch. and you wouldn't know what it would play, because it's a different tune everytime..."

and also:

"passing by, passing by, passing by, spirals, i love that box. it has photos in it? are those photos? looks like a pencil box. one of those old-fashioned pencil boxes, that my grandpa used to give me. those were manifactured when ussr still existed..."

and so on. sorry it's a bit fazy... :)
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Bluemi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Ohkay mach noch mehr so Zeug und.. verdammtes Genie! :D Weißt du, ich geh einfach wieder an meinen block und zeichne meinen LIGER weiter! :bug:
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Borjoize Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Hummm...Probably a bit late here, but...

I hav to say that I have the same sensation that you have when you get in a car and it starts to walk. But the video didn't give me that effect. However, it made me wonder where it passes and stuff, since the scenario should look like my country but it doesn't look like it at all.

But anywhays, it is always grat to discover new limits and stuf =)

...
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Cheers man thanks.
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RyuDan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
totally loving it dude, i get this nostalgic daydreaming moments and stuff.

can't see the video though, broken link or something.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That's odd. It works for me...
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AlexLandish Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa, this is so not you.
But it's not mean that I don't like it. It's awesome!
And what is more awesome is to see how artist can work in different styles and always get his perfect.
Well done!
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M0man Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I'm sorry I couldn't read through all of your working, It's really late/early here and my patience is well done, But thought I would just say that I thought it was f*ing cool, You do mixed media really well :D
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rapxic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
very unique man , the video is definately a must see , makes me understand more. for sum time i thought that video was shot in the caribbean in the old times cuz of those trees and how similar the enviroment looks where i live, well it use too look like that when i was a kid but now its all blank exept if you venture into the country side.

cool work man
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man. Where are you from dude?
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rapxic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
St.Lucia , its an island in the caribbean
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
So how is that? I'm somewhat jealous, but on the other hand I don't know if I could live there...
How's it working out for you?
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rapxic Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol jealous man , well stuff down here is kinda boring not much goes on in the country.
its a cool place to visit but to live thats a problem, i mean its so dull ya know , people are so predjudice to young people and the government runs like its communist. not much job oppurtunites here. well its a 3rd world country but damn our culture is so dead all people talk about here is politics.
Just imagine a place thats not interested in sports ,tax payers , education and culture.

for me , life here is too boring, i'm trying to get my english done so i can go live in another country to advance my education. lol its funny i never thought i would want to live my country when i was small but now its like i can't live a real life here. life is moving so slow at this time
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Spoonhare Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
as you said, this isn't standard deviantart-stuff, wich is good!

I think you're onto something here, but that's mostly based on your enthousiasm in the info-text you wrote along with the picture. I can almost smell how cool it is for you to get more into the concept apart from the illustration/colouring wich you're already good at. It's a big refreshment as I feel it myself and it's something a lot of good illustration people don't think of doing, they just keep making cool pictures.

do more of this stuff and very subjectively choose you're colours and forms as a tool for your idea. In any (conceptually) good artwork the medium serves the concept, I can see that you want to do something new and I can also see, like you put it yourself, that this is mainly something that looks cool. So i don't know if this is something to give critique on because it's somewhere in the middle (wich is not a bad thing).

On the esthetic part, it looks cool but it looks like an illustration, the different parts give a bit of a mood but are overpowered by the cool-looking cloud thing, wich doesn't really invite me into looking at this as something wich is here to really arouse a certain feeling.

Maybe experiment with more seperated components or not even that but just subjectively put visual styling to guide the mind towards your idea.

I just wanna say go try this sort of stuff more! you've got skills in the visual and if you use them towards certain means Other than illustration you will get lots and lots better on another level.

And never apologise for trying something new, especially on deviantart, they could use more stuff with content :D
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That was some seriously awesome feedback. Thanks a ton for that, definitely!

I definitely want to try more things like these, and probably will. However, I am pretty illustration focused and that is not something I don't want to lose, which is probably why this still looks like an illustration to you. That's how I constructed the image, even if subconsciously.

The only reason (right now) I want to try out as many different things as possible is so that I can see which of those things I can port back into illustration. It's mainly to extend my skill set as much as I can. Which isn't to say that I am dead set on doing illustration professionally eventually, who knows, maybe I'll completely change my mind in the upcoming years, but the thought of taking any knowledge I might gain and seeing how it benefits my illustration skills is what is driving me right now.

Cheers! :beer:
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Spoonhare Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I can totally see what you mean. I myself am very illustration-like in my work and finding a way towards using new stuff to me in illustrative work is something I'm working on a lot.

cheers!
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safepnc Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
its so important to branch out into new areas and experiment. i think you've done a good job visualising the concept. and while the piece retains an element of your graphic style its wicked to see something so different from you. awesomesauce.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Cheers dude! :beer:
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I think I may just know what it is you're talking about...

Maybe...

I used to live in what was, to me, a sort of tropical paradise a long time ago and there are just some days when I see, hear, or have a certain thing in my presence that reminds me of what it was like to be back there. And before I know it, I'm losing myself in old memories again.
Or rather, watching old memories play out of that place and the time I spent there playing out in my head like old videos.

I could be wrong, but either way, this is epic nostalgia. Faving~
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks sharing your thoughts, much appreciated!
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In-The-Machine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
No problem. :)
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Sandmn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Interface Designer
Cool stuff man, playing with a scanner is something really fun I never really would have considered. You should share some more of that mind education if anything else ever sticks out again its pretty fun!

Thanks again!
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
I like it.
I saw some Dave McKean stuff (covers mostly) that really took a similar route aesthetically.
I especially like the mixture of photo and illustration and I think you could elaborate that style. maybe make a little series and see where it goes.

do you feel that the process of trying out new methods (such as collage) is more fun than doing something that you are already good in and know what results you get?
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
If the results of those new methods are to my liking, then yes, definitely. If not, then absolutely not haha.
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
yeah.
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EirikHenden6 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Damn good Fabian.. damn good
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r7ll Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Nice to see this kind of experimentation from you :) It's really quite a nicely constructed picture... got a very rustic, dreamlike aura about it.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man.
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andi3olotic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Hey, I think this look really nice, with the video. I mean, it's insane to apologize for realising your feelings into an art form, so, you should really make the real thing out of it.
And, yeah, there's a lot to see in the video, a lot of beautiful things happening. You shouldn't look for audience that needs only rockets and explosions all around the place to find a piece worth watching. For me, this is all great!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well that's great to hear. Thanks!
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t-wei Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional
shit, love stuff like this
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Redboy327 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I drifted off looking at every detail of it and I dont know why and thanks for showing and describing.
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Nubry Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Man once you explaind that, it really worked for me, very inventive and origional, and I know what you mean by looking out the window of a moving vihcle and zoning out. This shot dosent necisarily do it for me, though if it was a photograph of somewhere in Australia Im sure it would :)

Keep it up its inspireing.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man, I'll try! :beer:
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chopstyx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
naw man, this is the reason i watch you, you always manage to do something different that still looks amazing, no matter how off the wall it is.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks dude. :beer:
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palmations Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I like it a lot, man. I'm probably not the first to tell you this, but to me this kind reaching into the unknown is absolutely valuable. You grow so much more as an artist if you venture to new grounds (for you), than if you remain a purist and limit your self to drawing superheroes and in the "pen and pencil" universe.

This piece reminded me a bit of Dave Mckean's work... Which is exactly the whole dreamy feeling. Congrats!
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks man, much appreciated!
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palmations Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
rock on.
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
:icongrin--plz: I like it. Nicely done!
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TheArchersBows Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Slick.
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JerrySabatini Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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GwenStacy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Mir gefällt die Idee. Sieht super aus. Was studierst du? Ich habe bis vor kurzem Mode studiert und muss sagen, meinen Horizont hat das leider nicht so erweitert, wahrscheinlich weil bei uns der kreative Austausch nicht so groß war, es ging mehr ums Handwerk. Das scheint in deinem Studium ja besser zu sein ;)
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Modedesign! Fett, das ist noch so eine Sache die ich eigentlich unbedingt mal ausprobieren werde. War aber nicht was du wirklich wolltest oder wie?

Bei uns ist es halt so dass einem fast gar nichts an handwerklichem beigebracht wird, was auch nicht so das gelbe vom Ei ist. Wenn man was lernen will muss man sich hier selbst darum kümmern. Es gibt genügend Leute die einem helfen können aber man muss sie selbst ausfindig machen und sich wirklich selbst konstant anspornen, weil es praktisch niemand anders für einen tun wird. Ich bin jetzt fast mit meinem erstem Semester fertig und ich würde sagen wir hatten bislang nur 2 Kurse wo wir wirklich auch gewisse Techniken durchgenommen haben (Typographie und Illustration). Bei allem anderen war man weitgehend auf sich alleine gestellt.

Wobei ich damit die Schule nicht schlecht machen will, mir gefällt es halt gerade so sehr gut, weil man sehr unabhängig ist. Dadurch fällt der Schwerpunkt (zumindest für mich) eher auf diesen kreativen Austausch. Wenn wenig über das handwerkliche gesprochen wird spricht man halt mehr über Ideen im Generellen, usw.

Jedenfalls bin ich bislang ziemlich zufrieden, aber die Schule hier ist nicht für jeden. Sind auch schon manche abgesprungen weil es ihnen einfach zu locker war.
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
alex draude, nic klein und michael meyer (+ die ganze rotopolpress bande) sind doch auch aus kassel, oder?
die habens auf jeden fall drauf.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Rotopol ist sofern ich weiß aus ehemaligen KHS Studenten entstanden, ja. Nic Klein ist zwar kein Teil davon aber auch er befindet sich hier in Kassel. Die anderen beiden die du genannt hast sagen mir nichts aber ich nehme an du hast Recht haha.
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gellnerism Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
dit internet... crazy crazy. wen man alles kennt und wen nich... na, auf jeden frohes schaffen.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Vielen Dank!
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GwenStacy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Mir gefallen das Design und die Illustration, Nähen und Schnittkonstruktion aber nicht. Leider kamen die zu kurz. Sich Schwerpunkte setzten war bei den vielen Fächern, die man belegen musste, nicht möglich.
Mir ist nur Mode designen zu wenig (da mich ja das Schneiderhandwerk nicht reizt). Wenn man für die Produktion designt, muss man alles einfach halten, das heißt seine Ideen einschränken :(.
Ich mache mich demnächst selbstständig als Illustratorin und freie Designerin, das ist eher mein Bereich, da kann ich mich in die Richtungen entfalten, die ich mir aussuche.
Der kreative Austausch, den du so schätzt und den ich auch sehr mag, hat bei uns an der FH leider nicht so stark stattgefunden, nur ab und zu in Gruppenkonsultationen. Wo studierst du, an einer FH oder Uni? Das macht oft einen gewaltigen Unterschied in der Unterrichtsweise.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Kunsthochschule Kassel. Ich weiß nicht wie das in den höheren Semestern wird, aber im Basisstudium zumindest (erstes Jahr) gibt es sehr viel Gruppenarbeit und man wird gezwungen so ziemlich alles was die Uni zu bieten mindestens einmal auszuprobieren. Das führt zwar dann dazu dass man eigentlich kaum etwas produziert was man auch in seine Mappe tun würde (da man halt ziemlich wenig Zeit für jedes Projekt hat), aber das ist da auch nicht unbedingt Sinn der Sache.
Ich wünsch dir viel Ergolg beim Selbständigsein! Berlin ist dafür ja eigentlich nicht schlecht oder? Zumindest für Deutschland.
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