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The Dichotomy of Man by bjornik The Dichotomy of Man by bjornik
I would just like to thank everyone who took the time to congratulate me, added me in their devwatch and added this artwork to their collections. It's really an honor to be supported by creative artists like you.:hug:
- Björnik


This is one of the few lucky pieces where you won't see my hand and I like it better this way.

Anyway, this is a personal subject and style that I had been planning to draw for almost a year and I started to draw this 2 weeks ago when I found out about the Bring Your Vision to Life contest sponsored by Wacom and dA. Nice contest title, suitable and the perfect venue to give birth to this brainchild.

So here it is. I hope you like it.

The Dichotomy of Man
11 3/4" x 16 1/2"
Pen & Ink

You can also see more of my work at the following sites:
Blogspot l Facebook l Flickr l Twitter

EDIT: Oh my goodness, I made it to the semifinals! I have to thank my ever supportive friends and watchers for faving it. And to the deviants who are faving it right now and giving their thoughtful comments.

I'm having a great time reading your thoughts especially the one about science and nature. There are so many things I wanted to say in this piece and I'm flattered that it was reflected in the comments. But doesn't anyone see two kissing figures holding each other's arms?;) Enjoy!
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:iconaaronwildheart:
AaronWildHeart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Had to look up what dichotomy meant... Now I want to say: AMAZING JOB! :)
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Narumitsumi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesomes, thx for this work of art.
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:iconartmikah:
artmikah Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
this may be my favorite yet, wonderful work
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:iconpray-then-go:
pray-then-go Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Considering all the thought put into this artwork, I'd say this is amazing!
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deloeste33 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome and elegant detail!
Really enjoyable!
Thanks for sharing!!
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:iconjessy-svenvedely:
Jessy-Svenvedely Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Mon futur tatouage... Merci pour ton oeuvre !!!
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Ms--Understood Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I'll give you :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star-half: :star-empty: ...... Bravooo
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:icondryretching:
dryretching Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful I might just have to die a little... <3
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:iconstarrymary:
StarryMary Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy hell this is beautiful
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:iconobserve-absorb:
observe-absorb Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
sweet!
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:iconvalgyr:
Valgyr Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
This is now my background picture, always been a fan of how people interpret the Dichotomy of man.
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:iconsheet-pencil:
sheet-pencil Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work! : O
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Temporal-Neurosis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
and yes! I see the two kissing figures! this art is amazing! A poster of this would be incredible on my wall! have you thought about making it in color?
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csick02 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
please offer a print of this! I would love to hang this on my wall...it always brings inspiring thoughts!
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Dragos-Sulgheru Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is an excellent work! Good job! :)
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:iconblindfyre:
BlindFyre Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
This is absolutely brilliant. A friend told me about this, and I came to see it. It's amazing.
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icyfreezerpop Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's amazing! And the detail on it is amazing! I really look up to people who can do something so complicated because I'm always too impatient to do things like that! But wow! #rd place! You really deserved it!
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paulak613 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
To be seen and idealized by those we love or care for is great, there is nothing in their eyes where we can do wrong; until you make that one mistake, and are demonized by the same in just an instant and your value is completely gone and seen as nothing else..

This would be the best depiction of how the two 'splits' from the black and white thinker's perception would compare if they were placed together side by side...

this picture illuminates the presence of her heart, mind and soul being the same, regardless of whether she was split to black or white. That she is who she is on the inside.. the outside is how he creates her to be.
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paulak613 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
this reminds me of how i've been 'split' by my friend who suffers from Borderline Personality disorder.. the part that shows her mind, heart and soul as the same on the inside relates to how i feel that even though i'm being demonized i know my heart and soul are true
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TORNtoLIGHT Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifully intricate
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:iconsxania:
Sxania Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you dont stop finding always something new in it
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:iconbobbiesam:
bobbiesam Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its kinda reminiscent of Bosch Garden Of Earthly Delights....
Its so intricate, like a bunch of mechanisms flowing into one!
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:iconeleonoramolteni:
EleonoraMolteni Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW fantastic!!!
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:icondeathlilian:
deathlilian Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
super
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myemanation Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bjornik,
Your pen and ink drawing is wonderful artistically, and quite profound symbolically. I wrote a little piece on it at my blog: immanence.net. Thank you for sharing your art with the world!
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AkashaPaintParelli Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! :omfg:
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FullFORCESoldier Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Astonishingly outstanding!!!

I looked at the other winners. I gotta say I am no art expert or anything, but I thought this one should've won. It was the quickest and most eye-catching one. And now that I see it even has another image hidden within it, I gotta say this is the most genius piece I've found in DA so far.

Kudos anyway for the epic job. ^^
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Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also believe this should have won. It takes a shit load of talent to make something as creative and detailed as this. There's a lot more people that can draw a dragon or anything else fantasy related than something like this. It's hard as hell to do.
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HyourinmaruIce Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's like those optical illusions. If you look at it differently you'll see another picture.
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VegemiteGangsta Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow standing side on didn't see it till you mentioned it. this is amazing.
you've given me inspiration +.
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's so detailed and beautiful you'd think it'd had won!
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tfif Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
great work
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Vmmc385 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought I saw a face, so I covered up the other half, and lo and behold, there were two faces! And then I scrolled down and saw your edit note.
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:iconjapanesejackierabbit:
pssst i think you shoulda won
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:iconbjornik:
bjornik Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thank you!:D
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JapaneseJackieRabbit Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
no problem (:
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful......so unique......................
:iconwingsplz:
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:iconsole-reverie:
Sole-Reverie Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
this is so beautiful...the detail is astonishing. O_O
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JudiiTranquilize Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I think this piece is so brilliant because its such an ambiguous design.
When I first looked at it, I saw a woman on the left and a guy on the right as they were locked in embrace, then at second glance, the whole picture comes together to make a beautiful ethereal woman, and all the intricate details just add to the amazing beauty!
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:iconbjornik:
bjornik Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Thank you Judii!:D
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JudiiTranquilize Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem, your work is really inspiring! (:
I love all of it.
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:icontillinghast23:
Tillinghast23 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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SunnGennex Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Astonishing
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:iconcsick02:
csick02 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I've probably commented on this before.....but this just blows my mind! I want a poster of this in my room!
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:iconcreativesir:
creativesir Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
most wonderful creation, congratulation.
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cardcounter Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
OMG I COULD SEE IT BOTH WAYS.
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:iconmeeory:
meeory Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning !
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:iconjeordanis:
Jeordanis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wonder what kind of pens, brushes, pencils. inking you used in here. is a very detailed great job!
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:iconbjornik:
bjornik Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks! I used 0.1 micron pens.:)
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:iconjeordanis:
Jeordanis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thanks!
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