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Fantasy - An Allegory by KGBigelow Fantasy - An Allegory by KGBigelow
Things that are essential for our survival such as eating and reproducing are often excused - even romanticized, softened, and sugar-coated in an effort to protect the innocent from the visceral and typically traumatic realities of life. The imagery of the gentle wilderness in ourselves is contrasted with normal human flaws such as fear and guilt. When what we want tries to overshadow that which we hate about ourselves, it can easily become a bloated, white-washed distortion of very normal carnal needs that can be just as detrimental.

One of my painting professors once told me to 'stay the hell away from bright colors'. And this is probably why.

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Fantasy - An Allegory by *robbingraves just proves that you can be humourous and talented at the same time. I for one am very happy the artist did not lay off the bright colours! ( Suggested by boytier and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
When I first saw it,I thought it was another fanart of R.U.A.(Robot Unicorn Attack),but,reading the description I've realised that this wasn't the case.

It's true that this colourful and lovely unicorn expresses all of the beautiful things we have in mind and we still want to keep as a compass to our lives.It's pure white,it has all of the rainbow's colours on it,it flies and it's happy.It could be fantasy itself.There again,the fact the eyes have almost popped out and its size is way too big, show that all these things we believe in,no matter how ideal they are,we've made them fit our thoughts,that are not pure and created something that supports our consuming point of view.
In order to cover whatever made us feel uncomfortable,we dared to use even something that used to be viewed as something pure and ideal.

As a visual piece,it can't pass unnoticed.The vivid colours,the way they've been placed and the high quality of this piece make it an eye catcher.

The idea was brilliant,there the character that's been used is already known from the game.But this doesn't have a negative effect on it.In fact,I'd say it helps it pass the idea easier.

Technically,there are not any serious mistakes.If only the clouds could be a bit more detailed,that would make it even better.But,even without this edit,this piece stands out great on its own.

The impact that's having in community is great,since the combination of the vivid colours and the use of R.U.A.'s character was a catalyst to achieve it.The message may not be clear with the first glance,but it will be noticed while reading the description as well.

Fantastic piece.
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Seeing this piece made me laugh and for a very good reason too. As "cute" as this work is, it reveals a haunting reality of what many consider to be appropriate to show their children. I once heard a quote about appreciating a forest without having to add faeries to the bottom of its well... and I couldn't agree more.

One can't help but mouse over this picture once he sees it on his desktop. Bright colors work perfectly (how else can the artist create a rainbow unicorn without the seven colors of the rainbow) and anything muted in this fantasy world would be an injustice to little children across the world. That being said, it's actually the smallest details that kept me looking at this picture. The clear innocent eyes, the rosy cheeks, the gleaming smile and the golden hooves are typical but highly amplified almost to the point of creepiness (a good thing for this picture). The hearts on its hips are reminiscent of a My Little Pony gone horribly wrong; but the most interesting of all are those little details that actually add a bit of reality to the picture: the one feather falling from a wing that defies the laws of physics even by a honeybee's standards... (like any feathered creature, unicorns must shed those too), the little "poot" at its rear end (whether it is magical fantasy dust or merely a bad case of gas), and if one looks oh so closely at the bottom of the picture, in the shadow of this unicorn's glory, we find out that it is actually a HE (something we never want to reveal to little ones…. I guess unicorns really DON'T just magically appear). Those small details combined with the overbearing cuteness create a rather interesting mix of elements for this piece.

Melding the fanciful with a dose of reality can be difficult but this artist pulls it off well in a satirical fashion. To literally inflate the unicorn to the point of morbid obesity only adds to the comedy of the piece. Many artists use corpulence but only for its smooth round shapes and they never show rolls of fat in a unicorn that has clearly been eating too many sugar buns.

Personally I'm not much of a digital artist nor am I well versed in its techniques but I like the overall feel of this piece. The clouds are bright and break my high school art teacher's rule that a background should not resemble the foreground. But in this picture, it works. The lack of details in the clouds helps them to remain hidden in the background, serving only as place for our "little" friend to frolic about for the rest of his days. I would have liked to see the sun digitally drawn in rather than replaced by a generic camera lens. Oddly enough, the clouds surrounding the sun are dark around the edges and I'd expected those areas, if anything, to be brighter. It doesn't ruin the overall effect of the piece but it is something that I noticed.

Impact is an understatement for this piece (which it does with the colors alone). It's as "in your face" as they come. But more than the vibrant colors, the hidden message of this image is what truly gives this piece its credit. It honestly makes me think a little harder about what justice we are trying to bring about by censoring reality and replacing it with not even real fantasy but this amplified cuteness that has taken over our society.
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supernesspower Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i wouldn't mind this actually being a real life animal but i think it would be killed and turned into unicorn dogs ( wowp reference)..... 
MonsterAaron Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Goodness gracious~ :la:
Odd. But very appealing to the eyes! :D
Jerhler Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Artist
haha love it!
AndrewCPrice Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
This is just brilliant.
Insan-Kun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Well... when something, especially an idea, becomes to bloated and exagerated... it will sooner or later pop.
KGBigelow Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Chyme12 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Discombobulated, bloated, disproportionate, garish to the extreme, the pinnicle of bad taste, sweetness which induces vomiting and to top it ALL a twisted golden penis!
That reminds me, where's my pink cadillac? Oh yeah, I sold it to Elton John!
BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks like a representation of a lot of 'kids shows' I see. I may not be a kid anymore and that's probably the reason why I look at these things and think, "Kids seriously like this?" I think the main reason why producers 'dumb down' their products isn't because kids are dumb, because they're not, but because today's children have a very short attention span. If they don't keep things as visually interesting as they can, they'll lose kids' interests. And thus lose money. It all comes down to money. They wouldn't make any if they produced something that teaches kids that life can be a shit fest more often than not. So they sugar coat it...and dumb it down.
LeelootheColorian Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I do not understand why things are hidden from children. Reproducing and eating is natural; there's no way around it and there should be no taboo around it.
That's what I like about this picture. It blends in child-like innocence with the true realities of life (with the child-like innocence appearing the most obvious and the true realities of life appearing the least obvious). Good job with this piece.
Unicorn-Fart-Party Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
omg its me!
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