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Make Ugly by ThatSummersGuy Make Ugly by ThatSummersGuy
Update: Got some great feedback from Ricky Martinez and Luke Schroder over on Facebook, and updated accordingly. I think it strengthened the piece considerably.

I keep telling myself I’m not going to enter these contests, but I keep coming up with reasons to do so.

This one in particular hit home with me. I’ve been a smoker (albeit not a heavy one) since I was a kid, and now that I’m a dad it scares me to death that my son will pick it up. I try not to do it around him, and I’ve had “the talk” with him a few times, but who knows if it’s sticking? He still sees me doing it, even if I go out back and keep it away from him. What kind of message does that send?

I’ve quit smoking before, but I have the same problem with cigarettes that I do with some foods and beer. I know they’re horrible for me, yet I enjoy them, so it’s hard to stay away. I try to take the same approach to both, in that I limit myself to one bad meal a week, or 1-2 cigarettes a week. I can see why people have so much trouble quitting. Even knowing the risks, it’s too tempting when the product is reasonably cheap, addictive, and shoved in your face constantly. And yeah, even the anti-smoking stuff is still shoving cigarettes in your face.

Anyway, the theme was to portray an anti-smoking message through one of four themes: Monster, Giant, Undead or Mutant. I went with Monster to begin with. I reworked it and added in the Undead theme. From an emotional standpoint, that was seriously difficult to paint, let me tell you.

Hope you enjoy!
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tokiratokia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
so powerful!!!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I really appreciate it :D
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
You're welcome.
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jrhyder Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very powerful piece.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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afke11 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Now looking at this one again, and still it does say something extra, with those innocent blue eyes. Perhaps this might work well as an animation, with a flickering of the undead over it like lightning. :)
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again :) I couldn't decide myself on which direction to take. They both get the message across, but this one was my original idea. More a "corruption of innocence" theme.
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afke11 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Exactly!
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SPARATIK Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Came out great dude!
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