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Skin Deep by MichaelO Skin Deep by MichaelO
This was a submission I did for a contest about humanity.

The title, 'Skin Deep' of course refers to the common phrase 'beauty is only skin deep' meaning, a beautiful face can sometimes hide an ugly inside. It is a common truth in our world and a very 'human' condition, appropriate for the contest.

I'm certainly not saying that my model here, Olya, has an ugly inside, in fact she is a very sweet and beautiful person but that beauty was an ideal opposite to the inner ugliness I wanted to show in this image. I was also sure to make her surroundings and accessories as 'sweet' as possible so that the difference between the outside and inside was clear.

What I find interesting about this image is that it can be very hard to look at. Our brains are so instilled with the image of what a face looks like that to see it split apart like this is very confusing to the eye.

:bulletblue: ORIGINAL PHOTO & INFO: [link]

Model: Olya Kabulova - Moscow, Russia

:bulletblue: Same model as: OLYA-NINA [link]

:bulletblue: High quality print available here: [link]

Freatured in issue 52 of Advanced Photoshop Magazine

:bulletblue: Favorite comment to date: Man, this is amazing, and an excellent concept as well! I know several people who are very pretty, but they are the meanest and nastiest people I know! likewise, the sweetest girl I know has very few friends because of her looks, which is such a shame :( ~Lindsey-S
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ronaldphillips 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I have had a similar idea in mind for my picture, which I want to draw in graphite, color pencil, and maybe as a digital design. However, in my drawing it would be the Woman inside of the man! I love the Pic! Thanks for sharing!
samdripslife Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of "V," a TV series in which a bunch of lizard aliens wore human skins to disguise themselves.
immalol69 Nov 2, 2013  Professional Artist
SKIN!! im inside her :nod:
a good depiction on "only skin deep"
Soooo creeepy, I love it!!!!
DaanvandenBergh Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Would it be okay if I featured this image on a poem called "The Ugly Truth", this image fits it perfectly. I will add credits below the image and link the image to this page.
DaanvandenBergh Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I went ahead and used it [link] I've added credits below the image and linked the image back to this page. I hope it's okay.
SheilaBrinson May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :wave:
You have been feature on my Journal Sunday Features #1 under Digital/Photo Manipulation :hug:
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