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Hybrid Bass by StrayState Hybrid Bass by StrayState
My first collage, I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Engineers Manual 1987
Cardboard box
Bronze sheet metal (thin)
Black fabric
India ink (black & sepia)
White out
Gel Medium

Time: Approx 3-4 hours
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The skull is nicely done. The collage effect works because it slightly resembles a real human skull - with different pieces of bones joined together. I like how some pieces are more text heavy than others, giving it some dimensions. I think the outline of the skull is nicely done as well.

I love the inside of the mouth and how it's not completely black. The textures make it seems as if there are screams coming out. The shape of the mouth doesn't match up with the jaws but I think this is intentional.
To me the teeth are a little awkward. The teeth are oddly shaped since the molars are relatively smaller than the other teeth - I think this might be intentional.

I have to say I'm not a fan of the background in terms of color. I find that it's a little too similar in terms of color with the skull. But that's just me. I'm sure others like it. However, the style resembles bullet holes and I absolutely love it for that.

The headphone is awesome. The shade of the red works nicely with the other colors in the picture in my opinion. The black part on the headphone appear almost 3 dimensional!

Honestly I really like this collage! This is such a unique and fresh take on collages. The overall theme is pretty clear in your work. I browsed through deviantart for collages to favourite - and to think I'd find it via your forum! I wish the watermark wasn't there though..
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akrasiel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   General Artist
I like how happy it looks. That skull is really into the music :laughing:
StrayState Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know it!
Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Once again, a very pretty piece. Interesting how you oriented the words in different directions to create the different bone structures.
StrayState Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, out of my two collages thus far, I feel like this one worked best as far as depth and structure is concerned.
MayJackson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
I usually dislike skulls, but I really love this!! the paper is so well placed to create the illusion of depth - it's fascinating and lovely! Looks like it could easily be an album cover ^.^
StrayState Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be awesome as an album cover! Thanks, I really tried to use the word spacing to create depth, I'm happy it worked out.
Huuni Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
:iconzoominplz: I love the effect that you created with the text spacing... this is pure brilliance :icontearplz: A simple creation that obviously took a lot of skill and knowledge behind the subject :icontearplz: I love it!
StrayState Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you love it! :dance: I really tried to use the text spacing to create the layers and shadows of the skull, without having to use paint/ink to shade it.
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Submitted on
January 5, 2013
Image Size
2.9 MB


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Camera Data

MP620 series
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)