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Very Unique
By Jen on Sunday, 9 December 2007 10:10 PM
Cool concept! Looks painful though.
iLike
By JoyL on Monday, 10 December 2007 2:09 PM
hey i like your idea. Its nice:)
no pain no gain!
By silentK on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 1:10 PM
Youch! You got played!
Artistic
By Voter on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 1:52 PM
Very visually effective.
Cool
By hs2kvtec on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 10:31 PM
Great Imagination!
Love it!
By lainey on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 1:00 AM
You've got talent.
Thanks
By kevinb on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 2:38 AM
Thank you all for your votes and compliments. Did you notice the volume goes up to 11?
Great concept!
By t_flor on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 2:43 AM
I would imagine it makes keeping the stings in tune rough! Very cool pic.
Well done
By jim_bates on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 6:04 AM
Consistent light/shadow angles with the knob hat and musician dude shows a lot of forethought and attention to detail. The volume going to '11', and the picture on the wall are great touches. Good use of color. Mask edges appear clean and smooth for the most part, though a tiny edge of white on the head shows on the shadowed left side. (It is OK on the right, since that is where the light is coming from.)

Excellent work. You're hired!
By bbg on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 1:14 PM
Definitely "you" Kevin, outstanding photo too.
Fantastic Pic
By john_carter on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 2:26 PM
Great pic, excellent detail around the strings as they go through your arms...the blood is a nice touch! The look on your face (I'm assuming it's you in the picture), lighting, picture of the tree, plant, amp, large drum in the corner, volume knob on "11" ...great use of objects shadows and detail. Excellent job!
good job kevin
By SharpieMan_BOLD on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 2:47 PM
read title.
By daphne on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 2:58 PM
A musician too? Exceptional graphic work!
By toddpolish on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 8:56 PM
excellent idea
terrible
By thatsEnough on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 11:32 PM
i see no technical quallity and creativity in that piece of art. may be some of you can explain it to me.
groovy
By Chris Gardner on Thursday, 13 December 2007 1:25 AM
im a musician and a photographer. and that is one of the greatest works i have ever seen.
terrific
By hopeful on Thursday, 13 December 2007 2:06 AM
I think that often what you bring to a peice of art is what you'll get out of it. If you're unable to see any creativity behind it, you can't always blame the artist. As a musician and an artist, I find this to be a very creative way to express how music can influence a person, somtimes to the point where the music seems to take over.

On the technical side, it looks great. The soft background really make the guitarman stand out. I also love the colors. It's not overly bright and cheerful. And the shadows add to the realism. Are those your instruments? Any reason the tree in the picture is holding a bass?
Can't stop rockin
By webmaster on Thursday, 13 December 2007 3:18 AM
Artwork is good, I say. Talent you have. Lookin good!
ok. actually it's a stunning piece of art, a masterpiece.
By thatsEnough on Thursday, 13 December 2007 7:03 AM
i can see it now. i was a fool to not to see it. i admire now this. i have never seen such an artistic creativity in my whole life before. ı'm now shocked by the creative vibrations coming from this image. it feels like heaven. i can see clearly that it deserves 260000 votes but not 26.
You got played
By FertilityMan on Thursday, 13 December 2007 7:55 AM
I need this in my studio. You have my vote!
By bissell on Thursday, 13 December 2007 1:57 PM
Amazing!!! Great Job!
Thanks
By kevinb on Thursday, 13 December 2007 2:03 PM
I really appreciate the feedback.

To answer "hopeful, yes those are my instruments. All pictures were taken by me except the stock photos and the picture of me which my wife took.

The oak tree in the back was the "Musciman" 15 years ago. He was cut down and made into a guitar. One day as I was playing the guitar, the music came to life and decided that I was getting in the way of the melodies. So it took over.

That's his nephew in the corner on the djembe. Musicman is still looking for a human that will make good percussion sounds.

Thanks again
-Kevin
Cool~~
By Yvonne197 on Thursday, 13 December 2007 3:44 PM
I like it... very creative!!
WAY COOL!!!!!!!
By cloe on Thursday, 13 December 2007 7:49 PM
Love the imagination!
By sjiskra on Thursday, 13 December 2007 7:50 PM
I play the guitar and you are right sometime it feels like it plays me. You are one talented man!
Interesting concept
By garyb on Thursday, 13 December 2007 8:04 PM
Great imagination! Also love the colors. You have MY vote.
Awesome
By hografbc on Thursday, 13 December 2007 9:15 PM
Love the concept.
Blown Away
By Krista on Thursday, 13 December 2007 9:17 PM
This could very well be the coolest picture I've ever seen - no detail left undone!
wooooo!
By cedarwell on Thursday, 13 December 2007 10:31 PM
yeaahh!
WOW!!
By billymathews on Friday, 14 December 2007 12:07 AM
unique, i like the vol dial hat -- just turn up the volume!
Great photo!
By schan on Friday, 14 December 2007 5:53 AM
I can see a lot of thought and creativity went into creating this work of art.
Nice piece of artwork
By coolpics on Friday, 14 December 2007 6:05 AM
Great concept!
Digging it!
By motorsports on Friday, 14 December 2007 6:15 AM
It looks mighty painful but I'm sure it was all worth it.
By kcmayor on Friday, 14 December 2007 1:35 PM
You are so creative, you "think outside the box"--and this is another avenue where you've shown there is more to 'Kevin' than what we see on the outside. What a multi-talented man you are!
By Mandyhench on Friday, 14 December 2007 2:43 PM
Excellent!
awesome
By angelachism on Friday, 14 December 2007 3:22 PM
good job kevin, you went outside the box and i think you mastered an image creatively and technically--i luv it, although your use of filters seems minimal. . . . textbox!
By Jallen on Friday, 14 December 2007 4:07 PM
Fabulous
By cariep on Friday, 14 December 2007 7:49 PM
Love it!
By ZangLi on Saturday, 15 December 2007 1:56 AM
I really like the concept of this image, it's really fun. However there are some issues that could be better executed. I think the enviorment is a bit poor and would need more work/details. The light over the guy arms and face is way so strong compared with the other elements. Also the floor tiles perspective is a bit wrong and it makes the depth feel a bit odd. Please don't take it in the wrong way, I like it but I feel it's a bit over voted!
By sjoeyb on Saturday, 15 December 2007 5:35 PM
I like the image but did note a couple of observations. The interpretation of this image can be seen in several lights. One, you can say the background does not complement the visual aspects of the guitarman and the artist’s expression. On the other hand, you can say the artist is trying to enhance on the importance of the music it has on his life as depicted in his title, “Sometimes the Music Plays Me.” I guess the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” applies in this situation. In summary, the concept is great in itself and could need a little of touch up to make it prefect. Great work overall!
By kevinb on Saturday, 15 December 2007 9:36 PM
Thanks again for all the feedback. The background was made a little blurry so that the guitarman would stand out more. When it was sharp, it lost a lot of depth. Having too much detail or too many objects in the background I think would also have distracted from the central focus point. So, I kept it minimal and incorporated two other stock images into the theme.
very original
By Joanne theobald on Monday, 17 December 2007 2:11 AM
Kevin It was very imaginative to use the guitar the way you did!!I thought it was a pumpkin head at first but it was a guitar --- need to look closer!!Hope you win
By xsarahx on Monday, 17 December 2007 4:37 PM
Hey, hope you win the contest becuase this is one fine piece of work.
Love it!
By jillhill on Monday, 17 December 2007 4:53 PM
Fantastic! What is there else to say?
Awesome
By Tony Jenkins on Monday, 17 December 2007 6:22 PM
When I see it it made me smile alot. He has a awesome imagination
It goes all the way up to 11!
By Spinal Tap on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 3:16 AM
Nice touch
By Blah on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 10:35 PM
I like the concept a lot, but your execution is a little below what it demands.

One of the more obvious flaws is the shadows. Well done for the attemps, but it's very inconsistent. There are 3 apparent light sources in this.
1- Above the figure. This is the shadow shown on the 'chest' and 'shoulders' of the figure.
2- Above and to the right of the figure. This is the shadow shown on the 'face' from his 'hat'.
3- Level right of scene. This is the shadow shown on the left hand wall from the pot plant.

Inconsistent qualities on the back wall. The photo looks nice, with a good level of distance blurring, but it doesn't sit on the wall, and the wall itself looks like a rush job. It is a shame to see in such a unique concept.

I do like the concept, but I don't feel this deserves to win.
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:12 AM
This is a top to a, you know, what we use on stage, but it's
very...very special because if you can see......the numbers all go to eleven. Look...right across the board.
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:13 AM
Ahh...oh, I see....
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:15 AM
Eleven...eleven...eleven....
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:15 AM
...and most of these amps go up to ten....
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:16 AM
Exactly.
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:16 AM
Does that mean it's...louder? Is it any louder?
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:17 AM
Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see,
most...most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten
here...all the way up...all the way up....
...all the way up. You're on ten on your guitar...where can you go
from there? Where?
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:18 AM
I don't know....
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:18 AM
Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is if we need that extra...push over
the cliff...you know what we do?
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:19 AM
Put it up to eleven.
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:20 AM
Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
By Marty on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:20 AM
Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top...
number...and make that a little louder?
By Nigel on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:22 AM
..............................these go to eleven.

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