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insomnia by agnes-cecile insomnia by agnes-cecile

insomnia -
I am blinded by images that I can't reorder
this whole night is losing all meaning
hour after hour

insonnia -
Sono accecata da immagini che non riesco a riordinare
tutta questa notte sta perdendo significato
ora dopo ora

watercolor and ecoline on paper
50 cm x 70 cm

detail - work in progress
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This image struck me and drew me in. As an insomniac, this immediately hit uncannily close to home. The scarce background and way the character is holding their hands combined with the way the ink makes them look detached and ambiguous is perfect. The intense stare really captures the intensity and frustration of insomnia. Something about the black lines connecting the figure to the bottom of the page is unsettlingly accurate. The contrast between the bare whiteness of the page and the blackness of the lines really sharpens the area between being awake and being asleep, where insomnia takes people. I think this piece is beautiful and powerful. Your style is incredible, and I definitely look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Critique by DanRioja Apr 29, 2012, 11:37:15 AM
As Aristotle said once: "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." This image not only caught my attention because of the outward appearance which describes for itself suffering, psychotic disorder and lack of sleep, but the concept itself sends a message of the feeling of insomnia and some other psychiatric illness, I feel identified with the character. it might not be the best critique ever, and it might not be as consistent as other, but all I can tell is that criticism is not always a bad thing! so keep up your work! ARTIST!
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Ada666pounder Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
scorpiolibra Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the execution! If you concentrate closely enough on the bags under the eyes and ignore the irises, it almost looks like the person is asleep. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but great work nonetheless!
ImCoPav Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This kinda reminds of a poster for the movie Mørke sjeler
BronzeAthlete Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've just seen this in today's newsfeed. Think your works been stolen cos they haven't given the resource of deviation.…
JennyKnight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This gave the chills :D great work!
vlherron Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. this painting has such an impact on anyone who sees it. i suffer from insomnia :sleep: and sometimes it truly feels like this. :eye:

wonderful painting :)
thedarkdefender01 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You just became my favorite deviant!
sagoo16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Why cant I buy this one ?
sagoo16 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
This is so good, cant describe it with words <3
DerrickTheDamned Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
This is great, and a true representation of insomnia. >.< kudos
DarrylJNYC Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
wow, I'd love to write a score for this image alone. I'm gonna cook something up. this is huge!
AbstractWorld16 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I can completely relate to this.... CURSE INSOMNIA
crooked-clockwork Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   General Artist
You've been featured in my Art of the Week poll!
capognomo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Il tuo lavoro meraviglioso... a dir poco inquietante. La adoro. Mi sono permesso di utilizzarla come copertina di un mio racconto, se per qualsiasi ragione non vuoi ti prego di contattarmi e la lever assolutamente. Mi trovi qu [link] Ancora complimenti!!!
DrMeh Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012

I am an admin of the writing club, #Live-Love-Write, and I do the weekly writing prompt. This week is an artwork prompt- our members are tasked to respond to the artwork selected. May we please use your piece for the prompt? All credit due to you, of course. Please reply as soon as possible!

Thank you! :D
ummuhanie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Moving forward...
GaleHollows Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful.
RaptureRaptor Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Pretty accurate representation of how I feel most nights when I'm lacking in sleep meds.
Insomnia is maddening. I can't stand the feeling of not being rested, of having struggled all night trying to get in even an ounce of sleep, not knowing when next I'll be able to get an actual decent sleep...
nessa-calwen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
this is absolutely brilliant!
KurosakiAnn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Sleep tonight? Yeah that isn't happening.
agnes-cecile Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
..and after a year that I drawn it, yeah, me too. :D
oneEdge Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! i was the 4000th person to fave this piece I realised after faving it..great piece!
RunawayUmbrella Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Such beautiful madness.

The emotion captured in every stroke and detail is just so stunning and amazing, it's hard to put into words. I absolutely love this piece, even more so when staying up deep in the night.

Lovely work.
CrumbledWings Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Excuse me but i think your art is beautiful and i wanted to alert that i used it as a cover for a poem i wrote. I gave you all the credit for the artistry and if u aren't okay with this please tell me immediately and i will take the picture off the poem. thanks and this work is awesome :)
Whiteling Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Uuuh. I just watched the movie "Insomnia" (by Christopher Nolan) and had a sort of a dj vu, looking at your picture. :o
Intense mood, great technique! :)
toudi68 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your'e my inspiration :)
Okijnas Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welp. thats creepy.
ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work.
Fingerling09 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pestopollux Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is outstanding! I can totally relate to this piece of beautiful artwork.
The most drawing part of this is the eyes. When ever I have lack of sleep, due to insomnia or even staying up too late working on my art, my eye's seem to be the only part of me that I can feel. The way the colour is only set in the eyes reminds me of the burn they get, the itching desire to close for the night.. Also the whole expression is perfect.
Definite favorite right here!
rvish Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome , i loved all of yo're painting
3RiiN Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:wave: Your lovely work has been featured here: [link] :heart:
DanRioja Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012   Photographer
that's me everyday, and I'm not only an insomniac but a schizophrenic, loved it!
the201X Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
I'm glad you made the image of true insomnia, rather than the 'insomnia' people have when they can't turn away from their computers until 5am. That's really just over-stimulation. I've had insomnia for a few years (turns off every five months or so in which my body literally shuts down to recuperate) and it's as pretty as this picture paints it to be.
...Rather, it isn't. I look like this after a week or so!
All in all, this is an amazing piece. The lines are bold enough to give shape but not to overwhelm, and the expression is spot on!
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing!
AntagonistXI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
It's not exactly attractive per se - I am not going to use this as a pretty desktop wallpaper - but I think that's the point; Insomnia isn't pretty. Insomnia seems like such a mundane thing, really, until you're the one experiencing it...then we look a little crazed like the subject here. (like me now at 3 am, lol)
I guess it's kind of how I always considered "The Scream" - not something nice to look at, but definitely something that makes you feel (makes you feel the essence of the word).

And please don't take this to mean that your work is ugly - just that this (rightly) can't be pretty.
Besides, this is exactly what I was looking for when I typed "insomnia" into the search bar.
If I could form my own picture dictionary, this would be the entry for insomnia.

Good job.
sunruy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
It made ​​me feel scared
Souzay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow... intense... I love it!
BlancaPolar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I know the feeling very well.
Kampy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Oh that's so me at the moment. Man I hate insomnia
3SiXNeO Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have chronic insomnia - your picture is such an accurate reflection of how horrid and "dark" it is.
Mr-Iori Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love how you utilized the negative space here. Amazing work!
Tigerkiss007 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This very thing happens to me as we speak :(
tunc Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
magnificent work
pjjam Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey! There's me! :D

Amazing work by the way.(:
Nectarino Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, those eyes just bore into you... what intensity! I can also relate to the poem (which is simple yet powerful in each word).
AmeliaElves Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no words for how much I admire you.
DavideBoratto Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is it!
No words...
Inabnitt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i know that feeling you convey emotion very well in your words and your art
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Canon EOS 500D
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1/30 second
Focal Length
32 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 6, 2011, 5:31:20 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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