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Wanderer Amidst Ruins by MGancarz Wanderer Amidst Ruins by MGancarz
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M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite a remarkable piece. Wonderful job on capturing the texture and dilapidated state of the ruins. However, I do find that some of the lines in the ruins appear to blend a little too much in some areas. Well done with the child's facial features. Good and even tone.

What I find interesting here is that there is a double meaning to this work. The title tells us that the subject of the piece is a 'Wanderer Amidst Ruins.' When we look at the image our instinct is to see the child in the role of the Wanderer. However, it seems to me that the child is in fact the observer and that the butterfly is the Wanderer. That the butterfly is the only part of the piece that is in colour supports this idea. I think the colour is meant to reiterate the opposing symbolism of the piece; that the vibrant, living butterfly is found amongst the long dead forgotten ruins.

Nice work.
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MGancarz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for such an insightful critique. You are correct in designating the monarch butterfly as the eponymous "wanderer", for this is what the monarch is referred to in Australia. But in a sense, I suppose they are both wanderers...
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M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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