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THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH! by AlexanderLevett THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH! by AlexanderLevett
EDIT: I just wanted to thank all of you who have understood the meaning behind this piece and to clarify to all. The baby in the picture is my son, because of complications we had to face the very horrifying possibility he may have never been born and at birth required 3 full blood swap transfusions to save his life. He is a miracle and I appreciate every moment he is with me. I wanted this artwork to be understood and I am truly sorry to anyone that is hurt by this.
I wanted to create something which I hope although disturbing is also viewed with understanding. This piece is about smoking, but I hope can be viewed in a far wider context. In all things we do or believe in life there is a price to be paid, both personally and to those we spend our lives with. That price could be as simple as losing sleep through worry, or far, far worse. It is the understanding that everything we do effects ourselves and those around us that allows change. A change of perspective, of belief or in this case habit. Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing life into this world and the startling realisation of the responsibilities that is put upon your shoulders. It is a moment I will never forget and will cherish forever. It is also the moment I realised I had to do everything in my power to protect this life, to nurture him and watch him grow. That moment was very nearly taken away from me and that would have been a loss I could not dare dream to bear. This is why I created this piece, my nightmare made real allows me to understand how precious life is and I hope you can too.
Created in photoshop with a Wacom, all reference photos used belong to me and the baby is my son but is unrecognisable as him.
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ImanAlbinoSheep Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Your story touched me... :cries:
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thank you, it was a very emotional time and I really wanted that to show in my work.
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Leranista Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
>:( POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR BABY!
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I really wanted this to be striking and have string message because we should all appreciate life. Thank you for looking.
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   General Artist
Hi!
We have chosen your work for our Featured Folder for July!
This piece has been featured here: [link]

On behalf of:
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you so much, it is really appreciated
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   General Artist
very welcome :)
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Chibimia01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice and very disturbing
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
I had hoped to have been picked as a semi finalist with this but sadly no. Thank you, I really wanted it to have a strong message
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Chibimia01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:)
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not bad, now only if they make a contest for an anti-GMO (genetically modified organism) art. Since it has a lot of negative effects on the human body.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
That would be great competition because messing with nature is a road to a nightmare. Glad you like it.
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GMOs are actually much more dangerous then smoking, they are basically the main cause for tons of cancers and diabetes. It also damages the DNA, and genetically pollutes the land. Its an issue not alot people are aware of.
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SKECHER9 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Hi. not to rain on your parade, but all of nature has evolved via with Genetic defects, anomalies and modifications. In-fact a significant amount of modern medicine and a major part of modern agriculture involve GMOs. Saying that the bad of using GMOs far outweighs the good of their use, is saying that bread, chocolate, corn, potatoes and many other silly little medicine products will be more expansive, less available, because of a silly little thing like a predicted early winter, or dryer summer (or more specifically mold, and pests for potatoes and chocolate) caused by climate change, or more commonly named (although very misleading) global warming, which like it or not, will continue to occur. Altering the traits of plants so that they can survive an attack from fungus, and pests, by adjusting the balance of chemicals that are already in the food. However I cannot defend the method(s) used to alter them. Still we chose what we eat (or smoke, in this case) and if it happens to hurt us because of over exposure by choice then so be it. 
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Let me tell you something...any mutation, anomalies and such, were all naturally caused through random changes that happen over thousands of years, some for the worse other for the better, and mainly its for adaptation purposes. There were no laboratories, nuclear radiation exposure, artificial harmful chemicals, or humans artificially changing the spicing DNA, it was act nature itself.

"Playing god" will not save humanity from starvation. There are many supported facts that GMOs are indeed very dangerous, not just danger for other plants, but animals and humans alike. In many rats studies, rats that ate GMO potatoes had tumors and were sterilized, their offspring also suffered greatly. The GMO project was never design to help humanity but to reduced the population  and to make money off the people they are slowing killing with  their poison. When you have giant corporations (such as Monsanto) destroying the many small farming communities, it creates a domino effect on which it effects the price of the food, the allergies, and the amount of diseases that increased over the years . There no labing of GMOs, so no one will tell, what is GMO and what is not.    

If you were to released genetically modified salmon into the rivers of Alaska, it will not only caused the extinction of the natural salmon BUT, destroyed the Eco system over time.

There are more naturally safe ways to get rid of pest, then just relaying "Ready round up" pesticides, such as the use of ladybugs that actually eat the insects that causes crop damages. They will never ever informed the people of these naturally eco friendly ways to help with farming, no they don;t want the independent man, only a man that depends on big corporations that feeds off their money like giant leeches.

I suggest you do your research first..
 
watch the movie "Seeds of Death Unveiling The Lies of GMO's"
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SKECHER9 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Fair enough. 
While I do more research to defend my stance on the subject, being that GMOs are not pure hazard and poison. 
I will attempt to find the movie you listed. (even though it sounds familiar( I might have seen it at school, still gotta check)) 
I would strongly agree that the introduction of a foreign and genetically different species should not be taken lightly.
Suggesting that I would believe we are "Playing God" would suggest that I also believe this is possible. 
If I thought this was in any way possible, then (this will be an odd visual image from the description)
I would say with a smile on a "politically correct" road side billboard poster with an Apple logo on my shirt shaking hands with people of two other nationalities, with a Toyota Prius behind us and big text saying "Let's stop climate change."
Put simply if I believed that everything was as simple as we'd all like to believe like magically finding a "natural?"(Non-GMO'd) flock of ladybugs to protect our crops, 
or permanent and absolute sexual male and female monogamy will solve all our STD problems, 
or saying that if we all just stopped using fossil fuels we could control "Global Warming" (Climate change) 
I never said that they weren't dangerous or harmful. You are correct that there is evidence showing that they can be harmful. But there is evidence showing positive effects too (granted most of it being from history). And to say that we must not seek out a solution in this area ever because in the past this has caused other problems. 
For example the X-Ray machines, the scientists whom invented it died from it's effects. and many other people also died. 
(just pulled up the movie @ <video.cpt12.org/video/23423501...
Saying "agree to disagree" would be saying it is OK to live in an "ignorant bliss"
i will continue after watching. 

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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
look, go watch the movie "Seeds of Death Unveiling The Lies of GMO's" its on youtube, they will explain everything about GMO from there, also WATCH THIS VIDEO  www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGqQV6… , this video also explains everything about GMOs.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
As you say nature is balance and everything within it flourishes when that balance is maintained. GMO and many of mankind's creations ignore the natural process of evolution and the results are chaos, both environmentally and biologically. We are the result of our environment and that which we consume and when that has been warped , well the results to me are obvious.
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winddragon24 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many people don't know how bad its going to effect the planet, and its already infecting our guts.
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I REALLY thought I commented on this.  Your story moved me -- my own twins were born prematurely and my son required open heart surgery at 2 days old.  I understand the meaning of "miracle" every time I see my twins.  They're NINE now (how did that happen, lol?!) but they still make me cherish life.  Your image highlights both the preciousness and the fragility of life.  It is a fantastic theme for the contest... anyone who could ignore their mortality needs to be reminded of it.  Forcefully.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing, it means a lot to me. Up until this contest I had been producing drawings that had very little chance for narrative and I really wanted to portray as strong a message as I could with this one. It is only in the darkest moments of our lives that the light can shine at it brightest if we are only willing to open our eyes. Each day is a gift that should be cherished and bringing a life into this world is an amazing example of that gift that I will never forget. I only wish many more of us would think in the same way and appreciate life.
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NarutoTheWillOfFire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
This is a very powerful and sensitive work of art. And your at it again. If you do not win, there is something wrong with the contest. In my opinion, I really think you should win. Seriously, well done.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
I am truly honoured by your comments and support of my work, thank you. I hope my work is good enough to at least be a semi finalist and I would so love to be a winner and have my work viewed by so many and I would be able to give back so much more to the community.
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originalwillow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a glorious piece. Very evocative.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
That really was what I was hoping to achieve, thank you for taking time to comment
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kathrynslee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great MasterPiece. I understand it. and It catches the message about tobacco very well. Good Job.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I have had so much positive feedback with this piece and I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to look and comment. I really wanted such a dark image to have a positive effect on people.
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kathrynslee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heheh. Well I have hopes that you will win the contest. :)
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jpeg2112 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just wanted to say that this is such an incredibly powerful piece.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I am honoured by your compliment and very glad my work is appreciated, thank you.
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Emeico Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
aww..
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Thank you for all of your thought on my latest pieces, it is really appreciated.
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Emeico Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^
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KayceeLynne Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I dont know if im going to be able to go to sleep now! :O super creepy! you did a great job with this.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
The dark side of my imagination is have a field day at the moment :) Sorry for creeping you out and thank you for the compliment.
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Abarats Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
first i kinda wonder, now i see, the fine line betwen death and life...
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you again for looking at my work and taking time to comment. I really wanted this to portray the fear I had for my son but also to inspire an appreciation for life. Thank you
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abelfife Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
....im speachless...but in a good way.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thank you very much, it was a very challenging process to get to this but I am very happy with the way it turned out.
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abelfife Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ya it did turn out very well :)
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Jii-en Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
very creepy ___
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
That is definitely so, but hopefully worth the message I am trying to get across
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asomaguy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing Job, Really hoping you win or get a DD. Keep it up!
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I can only hope that my work is appreciated enough to be in with a chance. I am honoured you feel that way, thank you.
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Geekygirl43 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I think we've found a winner.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I can only hope. Thanks for taking the time to look and to comment, it is very much appreciated. I really wanted this to have emotion and was very difficult to get right.
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Geekygirl43 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Don't worry you have a good chance. My best friend's little sister went through something similar when she was born. You see, before my best friend's mom quit smoking she smoked while she was pregnant with her little sister. When her little sister was born she had breathing problems but 4 years ago she quit.
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Thank you, I am glad she had the strength and courage to quit. I have known a few of my old friends who have given up once they found out they were pregnant. I hope her sister had no long term problems
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Reptillicus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
i dont even have to read the description to know what this is saying i totally get it
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I am very grateful for you taking the time to look and for your understanding. Thank you
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