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Squree by MidnightExigent Squree by MidnightExigent
There it is sitting. Is it staring at you or not? No? Don't feel too safe, it's one of the uncomfortable sort.


This is the revision of this older deviation.
I didn't like the look of the old version anymore, so I tweaked it a bit.
The only major changes are an additional background layer, a little more waste and I removed the ornaments.

Lately I've been slacking with new imagery, had no ideas at all.
But revising this existing work and starting to listen to Fantomas and Mr Bungle again appearantly kicked in.

Thoughts are appreciated, critique is welcome. Think twice before you submit a one-word comment.
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nicolasjolly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow beautiful!
LE0PATRA Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
I thought it was a giant squid first, and the tree got me to imagining that those things could live on LAND... :fear:
gavacho13 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, that's a clever idea. I always enjoy seeing two juxtaposing elements that don't seem to belong together somehow fused in a way that works.
imsocool123 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
How very stupid. What does pedophilia have to do with octopuses?
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely nothing if you don't have any imagination. :aww:
KellyDelRosso Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Yah....deep...disturbingly excellent!
Clockheart Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
I never thought squid like this before :XD:
ok, they're somehow creepy, but they also delicious sometimes :D
the choice is perfect
Plasmagummy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
this looks inviting :D
outlawserenade Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Appropos title. Am watching a similar situation unfold to a friend of mine - and it indeed look like the perpetrator - the tree/octopus - is alike to your imagery: seemingly frail and weak, whereas is really like the octopus at the bottom, can harness and bind its victim and spit out ink to blind its victim to the world outside.
TheDetector Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmmmm... you did nice here.
DoctorGurgul Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Dark and climatic- very good collage!
InferiorArt Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
The image itself is great- realistic, visually shocking- but the story and meaning you pair with it makes it a fantastic piece.
efrenloresco Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is way too awesome...i love it...+_+
DeviantQuazzy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Very creepy, but very cool! :D
stickyichor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Now that is interesting.
korenna Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Writer
It strikes a nerve.

The technical critques have already been covered, so instead I'll offer my views on its symbolism. The cold trunk is a provoking allusion to the mature figure and its earthly appearances, and the smooth branches seem to symbolize the pursuit, short lived and virile, but bearing barren and empty fruit. The dark holes are like an obscene scream ringing hollow. How strongly the tentacles mirror legs is intensely stirring, grabbing hold with ferocity- but when exposed and bare to the light, it is pitiful and weak. The butterfly is lured to the edge of both extremes, colours and form lost amongst the sea of decay. The entire scene presents a subversion, a twisted depiction of true nature and corruption.

Well done!
TwoEyes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006   Writer
since i don't know anything about picture tweaking i have no idea how anything is done.
like always, i have something against your cropping, you just cut off his tentacles at the end there, really could use 'em. arms, legs, fingers, tentacles, they're the parts of the body that we have the most motoric control of, so they show a lot of emotions.
on the other hand though, you had a good game between the upper blue side and the red one.
the blue side obviously is dead, having that lifless colour to it, and the tentacles, are all stiff, on the other hand, the red is pumping with life and the tentacles are lively.
the hardest thing to do was the merging point between the blue and the red, not to make it so, umm, unnatural, but you managed to pull it off.
but, cropping cropping CROPPING!
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tentacles aren't really cropped off in the literal sense, that's just how the original stock photo is. :)
TwoEyes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006   Writer
grrr, it was so convinient being angry with you!!
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
StudioMinds Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I am starring at this and I am not sure what to make of it.
It's disturbing in so many ways.

What I like about this is the creativity of it. The way all the 'legs' are there.. ready to suck you up .. to grab you without release ....
The details ....
The twisted background ...

You've really expressed yourself well with this piece.
HD9 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
omg.. pedophiles are actually half tree trunk half octopus monsters.. That's just icky.
jeannie64 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006  Professional Writer
hey love the idea of the deadly decaying around this piece it has a certain mystery about it that makes you want to try and touch it to find out if theres anything living beneath it wow great stuff xj
FlowisKing Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl: this one is totally funny......damn its killin tummy ache..... mwahahahaha....

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Bl00dfl0wer666 Featured By Owner May 24, 2006
Huh, cool, like all of your pix!
mandylynn Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
thats crazy!
napomo Featured By Owner May 17, 2006   Photographer
Very cool symbolism. The term "deadwood" comes into my mind, dead wood or that, what isn't functional anymore, in nature as well as in games, the cards which are not on par with any suit or number. The soft arms of a squid, where suckers become teeth, getting bigger and more devastating with the closeness of the hug. Welldone!
Shasaa Featured By Owner May 14, 2006   Writer
This makes me want to look at something scarier to get my kicks...I mean, "ooooooohhhhh! a Logdopus!" What the hell is that supposed to be? A poodle?
randomstarting Featured By Owner May 13, 2006
why is this called the pedophile?
plutonicfluf Featured By Owner May 7, 2006   Photographer
Amazing! What programs are you using?! :clap: :clap: :clap:
MountNeverest Featured By Owner May 4, 2006
Did you know they found the giant squid off the coast of Japan? It was 26 yards (?) long. first one on video/ film ever. good stuff to know. I like you're quasi squid.
Xdra Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
creepzor O_o a squid turning into a branch! yay!
CrueltyInRage Featured By Owner May 1, 2006  Student
hm.. sehr interessant und verwirrend zugleich .. aber ich mag es
JimmySideways Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
It definately looks like its staring. That big black void of an eye type thing forces you to look into it without realising :O_o:
Strange.. but strange is definately good.
Timoteus Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Student
I don't get what the title has to do with it
MidnightExigent Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You don't have to. ;p
SpAzHaRd Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
It looks like it would be looking up child pr0n..that's for sure. If you added maybe some blood coming out of the tree-trunk, or another vulgar liquid, and slightly alter the squid-torso's colour, maybe to a sickening green, or brown, it would make the tree and the squid look more connected to eachother..that would add to it. But this is only in my opinion, so don't think much of it.
FreefallAngel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
sure, ok. i know that i cant get in your head and know what you see, but this really doesnt make sense. an explanation of your veiw on the subject matter?
keroka Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Thats really cool!
i luv it
mas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005   Interface Designer
thats very very cool! keep em coming!
mrecko999 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
mrshan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Professional
very different. . .
mapuche Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2005
This is great. I love the texture. Its so real you can feel the madness behind it. At least thats how I see it
adrian88 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005   Digital Artist
what inspired you to give it that particular name? overall a very clever piece. I have to congratulate you on finding such a unique piece of driftwood!
piberoptikz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2005   Photographer
:picknose: nice.
gatekeeper501 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Professional Writer
This piece is very nice, you capture the coldness with the tree and yet the disgusting nature of the pedophile with the squid. What I see is, the tenticles are much like the damaging effects of such a thing, reaching not only from when it actually happens, but after in the hearts and minds of all those years later it still hurts.

But that isnt all this piece has, the background, a beautiful choice in color rendition to emotion. The rough texture with the deep red and black, the tone into darkness. You managed to meld a lighter side of the piece, into a darker side, while still keeping the viewers focus on the work. Not only that, but where the two images obviously link, it is very well rendered into one, this seems to be achived not only with your skill in PS, but the choice of the slimey squid and shine off it - it pulls the eyes away, helping to trick the mind.

Very impressive A+
Lord-Desolator Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2005
Wow, this looks awesome. I love the combination between the squid and the tree trunk. :D
David-Holland Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
thats really creepy:confused: i love the use of different textures but i think it would be even cooler if maybe the roots from the tree trunk were crawling over the squid and embeding themselves in top part, might give it more of a foundation and look a bit more solid:)
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