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Good Friends and Bad Neighbors by tarantellino Good Friends and Bad Neighbors by tarantellino
This is an acrylic painting I submitted for Istanbul Center's art and essay contest. I recently found out that I won and I am CRAZY EXCITED because the prize is a TRIP TO TURKEY THIS SUMMER :iconstephencolbertomgplz:
The prompt was the impact of social media on communication. My idea was basically that social media brings us closer to friends who live far away from us, but it can also distance us from people in our immediate vicinity. So I painted an American boy and an Indian girl texting to show the part about connecting with far-away friends, but I painted their surroundings in grayscale to show that both texters were ignoring the people around them.
The contest was actually a few months ago, but I though I shouldn't post the art anywhere because one of their conditions was that all entries be unpublished, and I wanted to play it safe. But now that the judging is over, I think it's okay to put it on DA.
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pie-chrstn Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, love the way you executed it 
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XTheBlueOwlX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
You know, I never realized how close to home this hits me, because I have my Skype friends you know about and it sometimes distracts me from you guys. herm..... why didn't I realize this before? XD
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Achievement unlocked: hit Adele close to home :iconjokerfreakoutplz:
Having internet friends can be a struggle though. ;_;
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drawlingdoodles Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Turkey is absolutely wonderful! Its cities and people are thriving with so much history and culture. It's a rich, diverse country and impossible not to find something incredibly inspiring! Can't wait to see what effect it will have on the artist! :)
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tarantellino Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, I'm so excited! So I guess you've been to Turkey?
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BrightBlueWindWitch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Daaaamn
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FrubaAnimaCaraNaruto Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I heard about this on the morning announcements! Congratulations!  This is super cool, and enjoy your trip to Turkey!

-M
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
And yep, I was on the :iconsparklesplz:morning announcements.:iconsparklesplz: These are TRULY the glory days.
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Snashyle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome! I saw it and I knew exactly what you meant with it! :clap:
I wish my friends would talk less over Whatsapp and Facebook and more in real life. :saddummy:
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you could tell what it was supposed to mean. Normally when I try to put messages into my art it doesn't work and I have to explain it :iconsingletearplz:
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Snashyle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
Often I have to explain things too about my art!
It's kind of frustrating when it seems so obvious to you. :grump:
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leilabrownie Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
you are INSANELY TALENTED
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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charmsheart0559 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014   Writer
when did you learn to write in Hindi btw?
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know nothing about Hindi, welp. I just found some Hindi signs on google images and used them for reference.
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lisadell Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Painful but Fantastic Message.
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BritishMindslave Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a fantastic message, and it couldn't be more true. I don't have a fancy cell phone, so when I go out with friends I try to keep conversation but everyone else has a phone kdjfslkj

Amazing art! The colors are amazing, and I love the greyscale!
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
And yeah, I've become painfully aware lately of how annoying I am when I'm on my phone all the time. I'm pretty bad about it because I have a lot of friends who I don't see regularly, so I text them all day instead... welp.
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BritishMindslave Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh, it's the age we live in, and it's not all that bad. I can't say I don't have my face in the computer when my friends are over my house. xD
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Figren Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   General Artist
Ah this is great!!! That's awesome that you won, it's a really great piece! \(^o^)/
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! I'm super excited :^D
How have you been lately? Are you graduating this year?
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Figren Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014   General Artist
Well I wish you luck (not that you necessarily need it with that talent you've got)!

I've been doing well, but yeah, with all the stress of colleges and graduating and AP classes and work I haven't had much time to spend on art. 
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, all the seniors at my school are freaking out at this time of year too. Have you decided which college you'll go to yet?
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Figren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014   General Artist
I still have yet to make my final decision, as I'm waiting to hear back about financial aid, but right now Georgetown University is sounding like my most likely choice. We'll see!
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tarantellino Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's exciting! I'm so jealous, I still have another year of high school. I've heard good things about Georgetown. I think I'm heading more in the art school direction myself, though.
Have you decided what you'll major in yet?
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Figren Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014   General Artist
Yeah, it's been a difficult decision for me. I'm not confident in my art skills enough to take that path (I did somehow manage to get accepted at RISD, which I really doubted I would be able to do) I wish you luck in your journey, you'll definitely excel in that path. 

Im planning on majoring in Regional/Comparative studies, focusing on Eastern Asia. But that might end up changing, we'll see. 
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tarantellino Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, you got accepted at RISD? That's awesome! I'm extremely impressed v_v That's my first choice right now, but I doubt I'll make it in/be able to afford it.
That sounds like a good major for you. Good luck!!! :iconbrohugplz:
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tika88ful Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:o Really interesting~
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