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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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Dafnugen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent *____* and the description you added is a finishing touch for this piece :D I never thought it had such a meaning!
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Musou-ka Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! C:
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you do :)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Featured here! :iconflyingheartsplz: :deviation:
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ! :D
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purlo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This would make a really cool print :D
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a pretty cool idea ! I've already got a couple requests for print for this one so i'll need to do my research for good printing offers
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purlo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. If it is possible please keep me updated if you do offer it as a print :)
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure thing :B
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love the  concept behind it, being packed like a "can of sardines," as I've heard it referenced in English before.  The sardines have a very unique presence in this painting, and the blue in the woman's attire helps the woman stand out.  I find it interesting that her clothing is orange, because without the blue, she would blend into the sardines more easily.  Is the orange something intentional?
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ! ! I didn't know there actually was a similar phrase in english. This makes things easier haha.

I tried different colour schemes on small thumbnails and in my head at first her clothing was to be blue for contrast. But she was already standing out being the only human and the blue dress didn't help at all pulling the image together. After trying some red/blue shades, i wasn't satisfied so i turned the dress yellowish and voila. The blue accessories were added, as you said, for contrast. :)
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The phrase itself is a bit archaic; not many people tend to use it, but I have heard it floating about.  More often I see it in literature than hear it in conversation.

I do agree, a blue dress would stick out a lot and make the painting blend less.  Green probably would as well.  I just find it interesting that you don't need to notice a lot to pick out something from the crowd, despite the color similarities, and her shirt transitions her from the crowd of fish into a unique person after noticing the socks and scarf rather than makes her an overpowering focal point.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Hello,
Your work has been selected as one of the 7 semi-finalist entries for the "Through Your Eyes Contest". You can see the semi-finalist announcement by clicking here! Please await for the finalists announcements after which winners will be notified once again and prizes will be sent out to the winners and the rest of the semi-finalists!
Congratulations on becoming a semi-finalist! :clap:
Thank you for participating in the contest and all the best! :)

Regards,
`phoenixleo
#dAmnU
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ! ! So excited about this contest :D
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
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ReversedClock Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is interesting :) good luck with the contest~!
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much ! :D
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zain1991 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Good one, loved the concept
in Syria we call this situation "a jar of pickles"
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks ! I'm really interested in the literal depiction of everyday phrases and it is a project i am planning for some time :)
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missimoinsane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:frail: Hi, This has been featured here link :frail:

If you get a chance please check out other artists work.. and my gallery updates :meow:
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ! Thank you :)
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missimoinsane Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:frail: You're most welcome, thank you for sharing :frail:
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renoskiller44 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
teleio,Stellara!!! :))
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
θενκ γιου ! :D
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Man, I really, really like this. I love the penwork, love those thin lines, love the stylized swirl of her hair. I love the watercolor, how it gets messy around the fish eyes, and the fading at the top. I don't know, this is just really really cool, the longer i look at it. It's a style I envy.
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pixie-on-mushroom Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your artworks and the stories and emotions you put into them, so that coming from you is a huge heads up. Thank you so much, i'm really glad you like it ! :hug:
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