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Impurity by yuumei Impurity by yuumei
My first entry for the Bring Your Vision to Life Contest :D I decided to draw this one in my super old big eyed anime style hehe, I might do another entry in my normal semi-realistic style if I'm not too busy with finals =_=

My interpretation of good and evil is pretty complicated. Basically I believe there is no good or evil, just a matter of opinion, but for humans, there is a stereotype of what good and evil should look like.

Good = white, feathered wings, angel. Evil = black or red, bat wings, devil, demon blah blah blah. But really, what notorious dictator who have killed countless proclaimed to have done in the name of evil? Most humans always justify their own actions with righteousness, be it acts of charity or murder.

Since righteousness is good, and good is stereotyped as white with feathered wings, I drew this character who is covered in white feathers. But of course, humans don't sprout feathers, so how many swans did she have to kill to obtain her facade of purity, of goodness? Modern day America, the "land of the free", was built upon the deaths of native Americans and African slaves.

What "evil" are we willing to do to appear "good"?
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queen-observer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
teaneko13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
really love this artwork and I completely agree with your opinion :) A human's idea of what's 'good' and 'evil' is based on their perception, only an opinion
renaissance-doll Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
wonderful artwork and description!
Litriu Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is striking and emotional... Beautiful and moving...
Pixie-Stixxx Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love reading your descriptions almost more than your pictures. I know that, obviously, I don't know you, but just seem like a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. By the way, this picture is gorgeous! (And I'm sorry for filling your inbox with all the notifications on my part. I'm done now.)
ParadiseDiamond Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SerinaGyrfalc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
There is such an interplay of light and shadow in this piece! The hint of black wings in the negative space, the use of red, the angle of light that is often seen as malicious being turned into beautiful... a very good entry for a contest!
toeki Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful art and good explanation of what it means to you, i like your opinion on the god and evil thing.
gothdra Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Somehow this just blew my mind D: what I great meaning! Keep up the good work. You are wonderful :D
zrose1996 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
BEAUTIFUL MASTER PIECES. Its really tells a story! But in a way it speaks to me...
Gitana-de-arte Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know how you come up with such spectacular symbolism, that in itself is amazing.
XX-yoru-XX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Wow, this just takes my breath away.
snowchime Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Writer
Really good (or is it bad? =p). I love the smattering of blood on her arms, it just looks so awesome.
PointedEarsGirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This picture and its summary has such a deep, fresh meaning. If you ever break your hands (i would cry) you could get a degree in philosiphy.
AF12 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woah i saw this and i scooted closer to the screen when i was browsing through your gal.
SeraphimEarl Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You made my thoughts and standards jumbled for a while with that question...
But it was cleared up with one word: APPEAR
Then I was settled..
Appearing and Being good are two great differences.
Infinite-Stardust Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Absolutely deep and irony. It does make us think if the "good" are as good as it seemed or it has been through a certain process of "evil". Thought provoking :)
shy-and-silent Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I know your question at the end is probably rhetorical, but I personally believe that we will stop at no length to appear perfect. Of course, we never actually will be the ideal figure we look look up at, but we hold on to a small sliver of hope that we will one day be one of those people. I think the concept of good and evil runs further than being noble or being a murderer or something, but more like what you are aiming to be.
Grr, none of that really came out as I wanted it to, but hopefully it makes some sense.
Evil-is-Relative Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Next time someone asks me to explain my name, I'm sending them here.
PointedEarsGirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this... this totaly fits.
Zumea Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have to say i agree with the discription, and i have only one thing to say at least she looks pretty
NeonHazard101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just beautiful :heart:
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Lliya Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
That's some hardcore Philosophy!
Awesomeness! :D
dragonetra59 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Hi yuumei. a while ago, I drew this for a friend of mine and I was wondering if you would allow me to put it up here on DA if I direct people to the original in the artist comments?

I don't know whether or not it bothers you to have people copying you art. haha, I can imagine it does now that I think about it.

anyway, please respond if you find the time :]
KrillinsBarber Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
From my philosophy on us humans there're two truths, desire and perception. peoples desires affect how we percieve what we view. So in her case a desire to be perceived as pure, has brought about the exact opposite opinion.
CivilWarLaserGuns Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Strong message, its amazing.
crayola-cookie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
This is very beautiful and the theme fascinating
Cesteel Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Interesting how you turned the whole project over onto America. Pretty weak, I'd say.
Regardless, your art is lovely. The overall message is nice. Very well drawn. Love the curves of the swan, and all... those.... feathers! o.O
Sen-Nakamura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very deep i love how your art always has meaning and depth.
But here's how i see it: good and evil cannot be judged by appearances for nothing is as it seems. there are three kinds of people in this world: the people who strive to do good and do things that are right, the people who spit on all inhabitants of the world and wish to be be feared, and the people who runaway from those people and themselves because they are afraid to act but disguise it with the words "I don't care". but unfortunately humanity is flawed and imperfect so even those who strive to do good fail and those who do evil may sometimes be good.
dreamseeker82 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this digital art or trad?
sw-e Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
digital, probably
purplegal22 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. I don't entirely understand your philosophy on this, but enough that I can agree with you.
kittiewithagun Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
It's so beautiful and deep!
animeafterlife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
this really got me thinking. . . .
quiet-Disturbance Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm speechless!
asteeg1412 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
I REALLY LOVE YOUR ART...but I'm starting to get the idea, the no matter what I do, I just can't make something with the same impact as yours... :) it's a matter of perspective I think...:D
SissyWhitfield Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
Wow, amazing concept.


Kinda made me stop and re-look at the whole world. Truly an eye-opener, both visually, spiritually, and morally.

Thank you so much! Beautiful work!
AprilTwilightFreak Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.
DeluxeYellowFlower Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with your opinion of evil and good, and this picture is breathtakingly beautiful
SesshyDimkaJakeYasha Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
This, and your explanation of it, is absolutely amazing. No one is truly 'good' and never has been, everything everyone is doing isn't selfless, and isn't selfishness something associated with bad, or 'evil' people? I'm SO amazed by this, you know? Haha I feel like an idiot! But your art is truly amazing!
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MyDaysOfInsanity Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Writer
wow, this is amazing, actually right before i saw this i wrote something on the hypocrisy of white v.s. black :-p
paint-pup Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
i agree. good and evil all matter on whose side youre on.
AlbaDoggy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
oOMoonlightMelodyOo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This has blown me away! I can't believe I'm just finding this.
SkyeRogue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absoluetly stunning, and not only the picture, but the thought that went into it and your very interesting (and very true) way of looking at good vs evil. Brilliant, absoluetly brilliant! :D
radishdude773 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
What I like the most about this entry isn't just the art. I mean, don't get me wrong, the art is beautiful, but your artist's statement, where you explain the symbolism in the picture, had me reeling in shock for a while. I;d never really thought about beuty and purity like that before.
This is just... amazing.
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