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In Case of Emergency... by Elandain In Case of Emergency... by Elandain
Full title: "In Case of Emergency, Break Glass."

This is satirizing the "inconvenience" unborn life places on women in Western society, and the relative convenience our country has provided in disposing of that life.

Painter X, Photoshop CS3

Older concept version here: [link]
Newer concept version here: [link]
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Given 2009-08-13
In Case of Emergency... by *Elandain - Though scary at some extent, the perspective the author has on the act of abortion is consistent, presenting it both as an act that must be executed with utmost responsibility, yet as a damaging act, no matter the circumstance of its manifestation. It's nice to see such a nice executed depiction of fragility - both of the mother and of the fetus - in such a decent, yet detailed manner. ( Suggested by blackdoom and Featured by archanN )
To me, this is a really powerful piece. Ever since I learned of the atrocity of abortion, I've been strongly against it.

Technically speaking, this work is excellently done. The colors, blending, and the play of light and shadow work well together, giving off a feeling of both cold loneliness and the warmth of life.

The concept is also executed very well. Although it might not necessarily be an "emergency," breaking the glass here will have a definite effect on both the mother and child. This small, fragile life will be gone forever, and the mother will be left with the scar from having ended it herself, leaving a hollowness inside.

As a mother myself, I know the joy of having a little life kicking around inside my belly, and my greatest fear at the time was possibly losing her. This sort of thing is not something to be taken lightly. As shown here, this baby is extremely vulnerable, having no one to protect him or her but the very one who may end the child's life.

As I mentioned before, this is really an excellent work, quite provocative, and simply mesmerizing. Certainly deserved the DD!
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stomachlinedinlace Mar 1, 2014   General Artist
you're a skilled artist but i think this is a horrible oversimplification of a complicated issue and only serves to vilify and shame women and belittle the struggles associated with pregnancy and raising a child. that, and you will never have to worry about a life growing inside you so i think you took a huge liberty in making this piece. i don't mean to be rude but in all honesty this disgusted me very deeply but not for the reason that you seem to have intended.
Panhead13 Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
So sad, and so true...
jackarcher12 Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Become immortal through our children.
Powerful work indeed! If a woman becomes pregnant, she needs to realize there are other options such as putting the innocent life up for adoption.
blubloodsx Apr 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
sensitive and powerful. really really great.
SYoshiko Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
its very good work. but I think somewhat misleading as the baby is nearly full size and most legal abortions are done before 22 weeks? I think that is still too late - I dont think it should take you 22 weeks to decide it ought to be before 10 weeks, after 10 weeks its a fetus that looks like a little tiny human. This is like a 3rd trimester fetus though. Anyway great skill, the color is awesome, the coldness.. and its effectively emotive.
Issandar Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
They're trying to make late term abortions legal as we speak.
SYoshiko Oct 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know. I'm prochoice myself - but I dont think it should be used instead of birthcontrol and responsibility, more like a special case instance, and always very early- before 10 weeks. The fact that they are done so late is horrific to me, esp. now that I have baby, the whole pregnancy I learned so much about babies, fetal development and birth, I felt kicking at 18 weeks, so to think that someone would get an abortion after feeling an amazing little human creature kicking inside, its just .... in-humane. 
Without getting into the politics of the matter in hand, I think this is a really genuinely powerful piece, and the skill that has gone into it is fantastic. Nice work :D
Fetouin Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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