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Three Thousand Threads of Trouble by yangtianli Three Thousand Threads of Trouble by yangtianli
Have you started wonder what's going on in the painting already?

Well, I don't normally like to explain my paintings, but for this one I guess I kinda have to...XD

The inspiration comes from a Chinese phrase, which is originally from Buddhism - "三千烦恼丝"/"叁仟煩惱絲" - which meaning "three thousand threads of trouble", refering to hair. That's why monks cut off their hair, because they need to seperate themselves from the troubles they have in the human society (excuse me if there's any mistake but that's how I got it anyway.)

I thought, where does trouble come from? It actually doesn't come from anywhere else other than our own mind. If we could cut it off, it could just be gone - but it's ourselves who decide to keep them in, we made a nest for them because there's something related to the trouble that we simply can't give up.

Just like her hair, it's keeping all the trouble, they scream at her head all the time, but she just can't give up her hair - even though it troubled her so much that her hair have all turned white.

No pain no gain I guess. :) Oh and baby birds are SO CREEPY that I thought they are perfect acting as "trouble" :P and baby themselves too....XD what's more troublesome than a baby? seriously? XD

Anyway, hope you enjoy the painting! :)

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Given 2012-10-04
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Your work is an incredible hybrid between the eccentricity of Dali and the vivid realism of Max Ernst. It is pure and untainted. It's simplicity is matched by it's vivacity. The image screams quietly, diligently.
I could try to nit pick about addition of elements or altering a feature or shade but what justice would that do to your fine work.
It could be a Masterpiece of Modern Surrealist Art echoing part of a new Renaissance. That was the strength of the art form. It's ability to push our boundaries of comprehension thus leaving an indelible mark in the viewer/observer.
The ability to speak without using words or symbols like the image above. How can a viewer not feel the emotions of your subject. Her eyes reveal only pain and loss. You've done a brilliant job in transmitting her emotions and feeling of angst.
You are a talent with gifts that may yet awe the world. Bravo!.
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Critique by G-Sketch Jan 16, 2013, 8:14:29 PM
I really love this. Personally I would love to hang this in a place where I could see it every day. The inspiration is great and I love the interpretation you did. Just looking at the vision and idea you had for this makes this great.

Looking at technical skill this piece is very beautiful. Your choice of color is wonderful and works well as a unit. Her facial expression give the viewer a sense of curiosity and ambiguity. Her eyes are simple yet they leave an impact. The way you did the hair is, in my personal opinion, impressive and, well, pretty.

Overall this is a wonderful work of art.
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Litwick-Kindly Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I don't usually favorite anything since I am only half a presence on this site but your work is truly remarkable, consider me thoroughly impressed.
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yangtianli Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, that is such a wonderful comment and very much appreciated!
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Beholdentolove Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant work!  I love your explaination and meaning behind your concept. :clap:
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Fiolee4ever136 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
que bonita
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KPeters626 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
featured: [link]
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for all the features! you are too kind!!!
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm proud to say that I knew that saying and I got everything about trouble except for the birds. YAY.

this is so beautiful. I love your painting style and even the way the creepy baby birds are painted. there's a lot of psychology when it comes to portrayals head and it's really awesome to see you use it so effectively, with cultural connotations too. <3
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha, I'm proud that you did get almost everything! :D thanks for that!

thanks a lot for such a nice comment and glad you enjoyed the painting!! :love: :hug:
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latyll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I remembered this DD.........aw ;w; :heart:
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awww!!谢谢~~~:heart:
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YuriKitten Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
woooooow this is so gorgeous *o*!!
the details are amazing xo
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! yea the details take a while to do XD
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julipegas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Awesome concept, I enjoyed reading your explanation very much. And the portrait is lovely!
Baby birds are scary as hell, hahahaha XD
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :heart: :love: :love:
haha yea they are so freakyyyy!
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opalegrimoire Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Magnificent!
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :heart: :love: :love:
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AyseEFE Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot! :D
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AyseEFE Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome^^
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pavotfee Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
好棒!
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
非常谢谢!!:hug:
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pastelchu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
She looks incredibly beautiful! I appreciate good story or metaphor in art!
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :hug: you are too kind!
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Nightengale1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
This is breathtaking!
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :love: :hug:
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leelogiga Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! :love: :hug:
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cgart4u Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:love: thanks! :rose: :hug:
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TheSatanicNun Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I really love this painting, it is perfect!
It is your best piece so far. I hope to see more from you and hopefully some tutorials about how you paint! :)
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:iconyangtianli:
yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! I will try to create better works! :D
[link] here is actually a pic of my process of this painting, quickly put together so it's quite rough.
Here is another video I made recently...it's my first time trying this so the video has got some problems, but if you have time please feel free to check it out! :) [link]
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Adskelon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Wow!

I wonder how she deals with all that noise all the time....
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Would be VERY PAINFUL I think XD
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Adskelon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Haha I agree!!
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gensanity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet concept! So well done. So soft. So much detail. Beautiful
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much! :D glad you like the concept! :D
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gensanity Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Np

Glad you created it!
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lauraperalta Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
What a lovely drawing.. the effects are awesome.. can you share what programs do u use? wacom too?.. what i really like is how real the painting strokes are. how ? :O. it's in my favourites =) greetings from argentina.
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! I used Photoshop and wacom intuos 4. you can have a look at a quick WIP pic I put together here, there I showed which brushes I used [link]

And thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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lauraperalta Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
awww amazing! thank you very much! that was what i was looking for.. i really love this real painting style. i come from paint shop pro, had to install ps just for this :) gonna try it now =) again, thank you very much and congratulations on you're beautiful designs.
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for your kind words again! good luck with learning Photoshop! I think it's the best anyway :D
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lauraperalta Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
mmm i don't, if you say so it must be true. i just can't manage to get used to it.. to many panels i need and so little space in the screen.. plus i don't like (hate it) the zoom tool and eyedroper. i'm used to PSP..
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha, you will eventually get used to it, you don't need to actually master all the panel, just a couple of them you use really frequently. :)
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lauraperalta Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
thank you for all the tips you gave me :) i finally decided to use it and it took me less than a day to get used to. i us ps and sketchbook pro in my last drawing. i think it turned out cute amazing (taking into accound that i haven't study painting or anything like that). again, thank you =)
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aww, you are very welcome! Best of luck! :) There are lots of youtube online videos using Photoshop,they are definitely a good resource for learning Photoshop! :love:
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
The best of october in surreal category in :iconparadiseofartists: You're featured in our blog: [link] and in our gallery: [link]

CONGRATULATIONS! :icongrin--plz:
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh my god!! thank you soo much!!! so honored!! :D
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DarkElektra Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
you're welcome! you deserve it! :hooray:
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Ediiee Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
beauty..
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yangtianli Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much!! :D
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