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Witness To Sorrow by NooYawkGurrl Witness To Sorrow by NooYawkGurrl
Full title to this work is actually "Witness To Sorrow And Destruction"

This image seems to speak to many people… it certainly does to me. What I am trying to depict here is how the violence of this world steals the innocence of children and forever taints the sanctity of all things sacred. We live in a sick, twisted, heartbreaking world at times and it saddens me immensely. I try not to let it overwhelm me… but that is difficult when you are a human being with emotions and feelings. No wonder we all need psychological defenses…

This photomanipulation was done as my first entry for a new contest club here on Deviant Art called “Manipulate This”
I chose Challenge Number Three using the stock photos provided:
1) [link] by
2) [link] from sxc.hu

All work done entirely in Photoshop 7.0

"100 REASONS" CHALLENGE theme: 28) SORROW
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:iconmelanierogers:
melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Very beautiful and emotional piece.

I thought this was a good image to use at this terrible time when so much of the world is in great need of prayer, especially Japan.

Featured here: [link]
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:iconmelanierogers:
melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
This is weird. That posted on the journal page too. It's evidently logging on both places, just to let you know why I responded to myself here. I wrote it under my journal. Now I wonder if this is also going to show up over on my site?
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:iconmelanierogers:
melanierogers Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Opps! I thought I was posting this on one of the artist's pages of the featured art. :blush:
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:iconthemadmulatto:
TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Breathe-taking. :heart:
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:iconwhipzter:
whipzter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
quite emotive... very well done..
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:iconpocketface:
Pocketface Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007   Digital Artist
wow, this is amazing..
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:iconnibelungy:
nibelungy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
i like it very much well done.. :) :boogie: ;)
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:iconkuzazi:
kuzazi Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
waaaaww
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:iconseagullx18:
seagullx18 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful, well made, touching. great work.
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:iconprimulatook:
primulatook Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very thoughtful pic. So well done.
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:iconwicasawakan:
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2006
I missed this one somehow. I like it. Especially how you didn't give her wings. I like that because nowhere in the catholic writings has it ever said that angels have wings. It was always assumed (way back in the old days) the they could only fly if they had wings like birds.
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:iconjhn1703:
Jhn1703 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006
Powerful, emotional, and wonderfully composed. A truly perfect piece.
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:icondolfd:
DolfD Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! fire always intrigues me...goodjob on this :hug:
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:iconlawrencededark:
LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
I really like the concept and how you put this together. It is a very nice piece.

I, too, had trouble with blending on a few pieces. Someone once suggested to use blur on around 12% and lightly go around the edges. I still use that, but also play with the smudge tool sometimes.
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
I will try that... sounds like good advice. Also, thanks for your kind comments. :heart:
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:icongooberbrain:
gooberbrain Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
Very powerful image.
Nice work!!
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
:hug: Thank you!
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:iconhannahchapman:
HannahChapman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
:w00t:Beautiful work with a great concept - I can totaly understand this artwork.:)
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
:hug: Thank you!
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:iconstar-watcher:
Star-Watcher Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
I Can Really Relate To This.. Great Work :heart:
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2006
:hug: Thank you!
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:icon6aika6:
6Aika6 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful:aww:
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:iconjreaver:
jreaver Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006   Interface Designer
Very emotional photo manip. A really great idea and well realised
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:iconhallopino:
hallopino Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006  Professional Photographer
nice manip. Kudos.

I think the halo is a bit much. But a great peice nonetheless
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:iconalienchick:
alienchick Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
wow. i just dont know what to say. its amazing. im fav-ing it
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Thanks for the fav & comment! :D
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:iconalienchick:
alienchick Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
well it is awesome
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:iconaixrotciv:
Aixrotciv Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
this one impresses me! the halo needs a little more definition so it stands out more but it's still amazing :D
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2006
Thanks for the fav & comment! :D
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:iconalexmayr:
alexmayr Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
great composition ! nice job
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patriciabrennan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
This challenge is SO interesting, seeing what different minds come up with, with similar source materials and a time limit. I have enjoyed looking at them, and taking part in it. It looks like you enjoyed it too! Well done! regards to you :heart:
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
:hug: :heart: :blowkiss:
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:iconleonius:
leonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.. this is so well done.. like the surreal touch with the dust ..
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ElectrikPinkPirate Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
woo, beautiful, great colors and emotion. very evocative of thought:D it spoke to me:D
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
Thanks for the fav... very kind of you!
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:iconelectrikpinkpirate:
ElectrikPinkPirate Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
it's so evocative, i couldnt help myself:D heh heh
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fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
nice work here, you managed to create a very emotional moment.

my only suggestion is that on the right side of the girl, there is still some white on the edge of her, which I would have tried to get rid of using a combination of the burn tool and a very light blurring.

Keep up the good work! :hug:
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
Thank you... that was very nice of you for commenting. And, yes, my skill with edges and pixels definitely need improvement... but, hey, I'm still learning! Thanks for the advice :heart:
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Tracie76Stock Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Looks like shes trying to fix a very sick world :( this is beautiful and best of luck with the comp :heart:
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Thank you!!!! Coming from you, that is an honor to have heard. But I must thank you for taking such a magnificent photo of your beautiful daughter. It is this photo that made me choose that particuliar challenge... a great image in and of itself. :heart:
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:icontracie76stock:
Tracie76Stock Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2006
Thanks for the kind words :hug:
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:icongregoria:
Gregoria Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Absolutely beautiful. I adore this image, its both gorgeously sensual and powerful. I love the colours, well done :heart:
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
Thank you! :D
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:iconjulio-verme:
julio-verme Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
the concept is good, but the work itself its not perfect. The cut around the girl its s bit scruffy and the ring over her head its not that preaty
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:iconrelydazed:
Relydazed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Student Digital Artist
wow
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:icondevouredex:
devouredex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
Very impressive. Love the firey background and the dark foreground, both work very well together :D
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:iconnooyawkgurrl:
NooYawkGurrl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
Thank you... much appreciated! :heart:
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:icondevouredex:
devouredex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006
your very welcome :D
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