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a painting for a friend who is a rape survivor.
and for all rape victims out there.

I didn't have the courage to finish it for a year.

photoshop+wacom

Thanks to *Aegis-Strife and $chix0r who awarded this piece the DD. And to all of you wonderful people. We are the seed of change.

christina antoinette

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Given 2007-03-07
Look at me - the Rape by ~neofotistou. The clever idea along with the sensational execution creates an image sad and almost violent in content but even peacefull in its form. A truly classical masterpiece. ( Suggested by Aegis-Illustration and Featured by fourteenthstar )
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lindenART Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A sensitive topic, very well interpreted !!!
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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
one of the better representations I've seen lately.
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Ni-idea Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
That looks painful, but I guess that's the point, very appropriate indeed. Good job.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ty so much <3
yeah, I can't look at it easily either
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Ni-idea Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
You're welcome.
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Acid-Rabbit-Art Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you are one of the best!!!
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow.. I don't know about that, but it's so awesome to hear you like my work :)
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mina12310 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
wooow. 
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TheOMFish Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am absolutely BLOWN away by your work.... you deserve to be in a museum, you are one of the most BREATHTAKING artists i have ever seen. in message and technique 

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neofotistou Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
aww thank you for your kind words TheOMFish! This is humbling, I don't think museums would like me (or I them :) )
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TheOMFish Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha that is always the case. The greatest artists never get enough recognition. Nevertheless, you're work is indescribably eye-catching and thought-provoking... keep up the good work!!
Namastee
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Powerful piece.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
You're welcome :)
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storm12 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This is beautiful, haunting and thought provoking- I love it
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oscillateher Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
uh-mazing.....!!!
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bellissimo!
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Ebrius-ART Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist
SUPERB!!!

Really nice painting!!!
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Kalyptsio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.As a rape survivor I thank you for painting this.It's powerful, emotionally moving, and profound in it's message.thank you again...
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DimensionMoth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a powerful piece....
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qbeno Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
you are very profound.... beautiful peace.
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OddworldianPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I know of a girl that was raped by a 12 year old boy when she was 7, almost every day for a year whilst her mother denied it and then blamed her for it, calling her own daughter a slut.
Am I mad at the boy? Of course not. He was a troubled individual that had no concept of kindness or compassion as he had never experienced it himself. Instead of being sent to juvenile prison he should have gotten proper counselling :(
People do bad things because they think they are not worthy to be "good" people, or they truly believe a "good" person doesn't exist. My heart goes out to both types of victims, the abuser and the abused.
How I see this image?...
This picture is a woman, a beautiful adolescent rising from the depths she was once dragged down to, her virgin blood preserved in a glass vial. She is still pure, still loving, still beautiful. Overcoming the rape and soaring towards her dreams has made her stronger than ever before, the red ribbon losing it's grip around her as she soars. :)
Before anyone attacks me about standing up for the rapist, I WAS that 7 year old girl.
I forgive him and only wish the best for him and that he overcomes his inner demons. :heart:
Thank you for finally being able to complete something so beautiful and dignified. :hug:
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qbeno Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
God Bless you
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OddworldianPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you... But I assure you I am strong and fine and ready to take on the world and be the best I can be. :)
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qbeno Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
i don't doubt....;-D
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spinat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist
very disturbing but yet amazing. The best art work dealing with this topic I've ever seen.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you spinat.
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Skillionaire Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
very very hard to look at .....but awesome work nonetheless
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CreteSummerfang Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy hell, that's amazing. Like, holy crap. Words cannot describe how awesome this is.
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HAHA1231312313111313 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
looks like a lobotimized servant to me


Grimdark and WH40k fan wut deal with it
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neofotistou Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks synteknissa :)
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PandoraLewis Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, and so sad at the same time
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Snakekiller667 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Do you hate all men or just rapists?
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
when the fuck did I say I hate men?
Get serious. I don't even hate rapists, I just don't want people to harm other people.
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Snakekiller667 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
oh ok. no offens. And ditto on the last sentenc.
duno how but i was reading i was geting thet image.
You sayed thet you ware a rape victim...
Humm...
Ok now im just babling...
But on one sentenc you sayed thet most man are potenatial rapists...
Thets not true. Most man are not. Just thos thet are smear the normal man image. So sorry if i offended you but there are (thanke god) more good man then bad. Its just thet bad mostly out waights the good.
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hermieluver Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
The combination of classical style and modern subject make this piece simply outstanding. Thank you for sharing this.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow! Thank you for the lovely comment :hug:
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hermieluver Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome. :heart:
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aFiend Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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Ten-Rai Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Rapist should be castrated and then made to live in humiliation for a year and then hanged in local town square. They should then be left hanging there for a week. Then they may be buried in an unmarked grave. Do this and there will be no more rapes!

I pray for your friend, may she find peace.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Ten-Rai, and thank you for commenting. I understand your heart is in the right place, but I do not agree with violence against rapists. Graves don't matter, actual castration is a physical punishment, and hanging is murder. I would have no problem with chemical castration, but again it's a problem because you're intervening on someone else's body, which is exactly what he did in the first place to somebody else. As a feminist, I've had enough of people trying to control my body and everybody else's (this includes men's bodies as well), so I would just like rapists to be properly tried in court and sentenced to prison.

Which is not happening, since rape culture is everywhere, and people have very strong misogynist views still, so rapists go away free. This is what happened to my friend, and countless of my friends since. Thank you again for the comment.
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Ten-Rai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I can see we are two people from very different walks of life. Having antithetic believe system, however, a rape victim will surely agree with what I said.

Further more, did you know? if a rapist given the chance would rape again and again and again. No matter what you do, therapy, prison, they have it in them. They cannot be changed. You say, castration is a physical punishment? It is and if administered in public, how many do think would still want to rape? You say, hanging is murder? Murder is illegal killing of another person. It is not murder when state decrees capital punishment, its justice. If a rapist, convicted of rape after being tried fairly, is hanged at a public square and is left there to hang for a week. Those who witness the hanging and later see a limp carcass dangling helpless, would they dare rape, kill or plunder again? Probably, some sadist or someone with a psychological predisposition might. Chances are that these would be in the lowest percentiles. As for misogynists, they can only be kept in check with proper judicial system, giving out harsh punishments and having zero tolerance towards rape!

I am Muslim, we believe in Qisas (Law of equivalence), eye for an eye blood for blood. Of course, one can choose to forgive. Rape gives rise to chaos in society and rape can't simply be tolerated. A person's life is ruined, I think it is worse than death. Hence, the Qazi(Judge) usually decrees death punishment.

It is my prayer that no woman may ever have to go through such an excruciatingly ognizing ordeal. My prayers for your friend. May Allah(SWT) bless her with peace. Ameen

Peace

Tenrai

P.S: Men are bigger, stronger and most of them just want to get into women's pants, with or without their consent. It would pay to train in Martial arts, be aware of your surroundings and if possible carry a compact gun. Be careful out there ^^'
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Snakekiller667 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
And men... men do get raped as well.
No realy the do.
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How do you know I am not a rape victim? You say all rape victims will surely agree with what you said. I do not agree with what you said.

I do not believe rapists are sick people. Social sciences and criminology studies show that men who rape are ordinary men like our friends, our fathers, etc. Most men in the sexist and misogynist societies we live in, have the potential for rape.

I do not believe in Qisas, or god any more, I do not believe murder is justice under any circumstances. It is difficult for us to agree.

I am glad your prayer is with them, it shows your heart is in the right place.

Peace,
Christina

P.S. men are bigger, stronger and many of them just want to get into women's pants with or without our consent. I suggest they could train in asking me first if I want to be raped. This will help me not to have to pay money for martial arts. Also, guns are illegal in my country :) Ameen
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Lideeh Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow :O
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sensij Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It makes me cry. The beauty and the terrible topic. A masterpiece! :heart:
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow thank you <3 please don't cry.. :hug:
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sensij Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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Saron16gas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
very Dali...amazing. Love it
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neofotistou Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! I do love Dali ^-^
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