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Sardine Box by pixie-on-mushroom Sardine Box by pixie-on-mushroom
My entry for the Through Your Eyes contest. I just loved the theme the minute i read the description. I use the bus everyday and the main reason i like my going through the city by means of public transport is the people. There is like this secret quiet agreement that noone is to watch, stare, pay attention to noone. It is like watching the backstage of a show when everyone is taking their costumes off, it's when you see the real people and i love these moments so much.

Now this should need an explanation because i'm not sure how and if it translates in english. When a bus/train/metro etc is so full of people that not a needle can drop, in greek we call it the sardine box. I always found the phrase funny. With that out of the way

Reader: Caucasian female in her 30's with a cute short hairstyle, sitting in the middle of a double bus, leaning forward engrossed in her book not paying the single attention to the asphyxiatingly packed bus in the late noon.
Reading: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. I was reading the same book that time and i easily recognised the cover haha

I came across this scene in my last year of highschool when i was returning from school after an awfully full day late in the evening. I've never been to such a full bus and it's an experience i don't want to repeat. But this girl just struck me. She was sitting at the edge of her seat, squeezed by the standing people around her, smiling to herself not giving a single damn about anything around her. I was impressed at how committed she was to the book and during the whole road i just wanted to go and tell her how awesome she and her taste in literature was. I didn't in the end being the socially awkward person i am today.
As a side note Tom Robbins is one of my favourite authors and Another Roadside Attraction holds a special place in my heart because of the tackling of some religious issues (hence the halo) but mostly because in the greek translation, the title sounds like a bad mexican soap opera

Halo brush from :iconlily-fox:
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wow at this and at the story behind it... I understood istantly the sardine's box "metaphor" because I use that phrase too when I refer to an overpacked bus, even if it's not such a common phrase in here in Italy :)
And the drawing style for the sardines is so funny! ^^
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ! I've been meaning to draw something out of this incident for years and i'm just so happy with the result.
The phrase is not that common in Greece either come to think of it. My mom uses it very often, so i guess it stuck.
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Giuliettadolce Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooo cute! Love the colours, the description helped me understand the meaning of the drawing, it has a beautiful significance!
Just lovely
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much ! ! 
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Giuliettadolce Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :D
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rospberry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Love your style with this one and the story behind it!
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ! With this one it was one of the very very rare cases when the image for the story in my head was clear as day C:
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CyborgJanEyre Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Lovely image and I liked your description it really helped my understand the piece better.
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Recently i'm hesitant writing a description with the thaught that you should get everything you need to know from the image itself. Which (thanks to studying history of art haha) i came to understand is kinda silly since the creator's insight is a whole different thing. 
Anyways, thank you and i'm glad you enjoy my work :)
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CyborgJanEyre Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist

I’m glad you changed your mind. Your description really helped me overcome the culture divide. Since I live in a small town and never had to take public transportation, it allowed me to understand what it’s like in a “sardine box” and see your illustration as more than just a lovely picture.

On top of that, I think the artist opinion is usually more interesting than anybody else’s anyway. ;) (Wink) 

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