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Eye of the Beholder? by shinga Eye of the Beholder? by shinga
I was in a pretty crappy mood when I drew this. The plain ol' redhead would be me. And the angelic bombshell would be the world's widely-accepted perception of beauty. Which is most certainly not me. While part of me doesn't WANT to look like that at all, a big part of me wishes that the world would see MY type as beautiful too. But it won't happen, so I guess I'll stick with having a nice personality and leave it at that. :P
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Mordaris Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
It always amazes me how a singularly beautiful woman like you can see herself as anything but striking., redheads rock. ;)
AnimusNocturnus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Fishing for compliments? XD

Damn it girl. As far as I know (I've seen your uploaded photographs) you're really an eye-catcher.

Damn you, that an old drawing with outdated text still works your woman mind on me! Damn you I say! XD
Rael-014 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I tend to disagree with society's preconceptions as a rule (they pick stupid rules).
ratchet-freak Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I prefer the redhead than that blond bombshell for some reason
ComeAlongPond14 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't say much besides "love."
Concolor44 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
"Plain ol' redhead" is it? Riiiiight.

I've seen pictures of you. There may be many words to describe your appearance, but "plain" is not included in that lexicon.

My first really serious girlfriend was of the type on the left in your drawing (except with chestnut hair as opposed to blond). Why she fixated on me, the archetypal geek, I will never know. But her physical beauty was ALL she had -- all that might be referred to in a positive light at any rate -- and I didn't marry her. I instead married the bookish, funny, sarcastic girl who has stuck with me for the last 28 years, is now and always will be my best friend, and whose laughter sometimes fills my heart to the point that I don't think my chest can take the strain.

To those who lack appreciation for your unique characteristics, I say, "Their loss." You will meet one who does one day. Just keep your eyes open. If my advice is out-of-date, so much the better!
Addi-Pink-Power Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
I saw this awhile ago but I wasn't sure what to say to it. But I think I've got something.

Neither are ugly, neither are "teh most beautiful" they're both pretty in their own sense. It's stupid to compare the two. I knew this girl, she was GORGEOUS, she's six foot with dark almost black hair, she's slightly tan and has these beautiful blue eyes and she looks like Megan's fox's sister. I mean SRSLY HAWT. I'm a short, not like anorexic skinny but on the slighter side, I have no boobs, I have small features but a VERY Caucasian nose, and long brown hair. But I'm still pretty, I'm certainly not ugly by far. But I only saw our differences and how "she was prettier" "I'm not as pretty." "Zomg I'm ugly." Well when I first met her, I hated her. She was everything I wasn't and I really regret acting rude to her, later when I met with her again we started to get along and she was REALLY nice! I missed out for an entire YEAR that I could have been friends with her because of my stupid jealousy. Because I couldn't stop comparing.

One day I finally cracked and started crying saying how I was ugly and that she was really pretty and my mom told me that neither of us are ugly. We're just pretty in our OWN ways. Take for instance, Katy Perry and Megan Fox. JUST FOR INSTANCE, I know comparing movie stars is like "well duh both are beautiful regardless D<" but just pretend like I'm going somewhere with this and set aside the cynicism. Both are beautiful but different KINDS of beautiful, Megan Fox is a Play Boy kinda hot and Katy Perry is the girl next door kind of hot. Does that mean one is better then the other? No. They're both beautiful in their own sense. Or Disney's Ariel and Belle compared to Jasmine or Aurora(Sleeping Beauty) they're different KINDS of pretty but all are still beautiful in their own way! A way that you CAN'T compare because it's wouldn't be fair.They are pretty but in a way that is unique to them.

Once again I know the whole "Disney princess and movie stars are pretty regardless D<" thing probably seems to be getting annoying. But what about different cultures and their idea of beauty. In Thailand they consider very beautiful for a woman to have those neck rings so they get the long necks. Back in the Greek and Roman empire times plumper women were considered much more beautiful over a skinny little thing. In parts of Africa it's considered very beautiful for someone to have those lip disks in. To you or me this could seem weird or odd, but it's not it's just different. My tall model friend could go to Africa and be called ugly because her skin is lighter then theirs and she doesn't have a lip disk! Or Megan Fox or Katy Perry could go back in time to the Roman and Greek empire times and be considered ugly because they are too skinny. Beauty is skin deep anyway so why bother comparing, you only live once(as far as I know) so why waste it comparing and being angry, jealous, resentful or sad because of societies standards of beauty. I mean really, when has society ever shown you it's intelligence. I mean jeez about sixty years ago a black person wasn't even treated equal to a white person! That was "normal" to mistreat a black person like a less then! Do you really want to use "average society" as a measure of anything. Average society is filled with dumb asses anyway >:/

If you live in the US(which I THINK I read somewhere that you do but you could be in Canada for all I know :shrug:)then you have multiple races and all have their own standard of beauty. Even though we're a mixed society(well usually United States XD) we have multiple races and none is better or worse then any of the other ones. Asian girls aren't prettier then black girls, a light skinned black girl is not prettier then a white girl, or a white girl is not prettier then a Hispanic girl. They're all different and of course you can't compare them because they are beautiful in their OWN UNIQUE WAY.

Now I know this is an old deviation so you might not feel this way any more but this is also to the people who are commenting. Such...ugly behavior. Maybe Shinga doesn't need to read this, but some of the commenters sure the hell do!

Stop comparing. It's what causes neurosis and unhappiness. It's ALWAYS "Well HIS car is shinier then MY car." or "well HER butt is smaller then MY butt" and then we get upset because we want to be "the most" I don't care who you are, EVERYONE wants to be special. EVERYONE wants to be "beautiful" or "cool" or "awesome" and everyone is, but in a different sense. I must say though, the comments in this are pissing me off. It's not about "well I think teh blonde chick is ugly! she has no personality!111!" or "Well I think YOUR more beautiful!111" "Well the blonde girl is gonna be sad and alone someday!!111!""Well I think the blonde girl will be sad and alone cause she's a bitch(heres something that made me laugh) THEY ALL ARE!" "They all", what are you inferring? That because she's "beautiful" that she should be lumped together with every other girl whose deemed as "beautiful" and she's probably "jus liek teh rest of dem..." because she looks a certain way? Congratulations, you've just earned "most closed minded hypocrite of the year" award! Take a bow, you've earned it.

It's not ABOUT comparison! IT's not ABOUT the blonde chick being a bitch! She could be freaking snow white for all you know! She could be THE nicest girl you've ever met but because people are jealous or automatically make an assumption you will not know until you've talked to her! Of course this is purely hypothetical since you will not EVER meet her because she's a DRAWING but going along with this train of thought anyway..."Well she's probably a bitch anyway." "Well she's probably a slut anyway." "Well she's got a smaller nose/biggerboobs/ longer hair then me so I don't like her!" Most of the time this is all unconscious thoughts but that's whats wrong with people today(fff today, who am I kidding humans have done this throughout time so scratch that...) We like to lay the blame at someone else's feet. Say that THEY are the ones making you or me or anyone else life miserable, we always have a right to choose what we want to be and how happy we are. I know that sounds a little "there IS no spoon D<" but it's true, it's all in your head. We as people have the ability to choose if we want to be happy no matter how bad the situation is. It's nobody else's problem if we have a problem with ourselves.

Oh shit this was really REALLY long I am so sorry about that XD And I'm kinda all over the map because I have so many things I just GOTTA SAY!!1!!! But not enough room :( So Shinga if you read this, I'm not saying you still feel this way and I'm not saying that there is a problem with the commenters. I'm saying, seriously people, SRSLY D8, stop saying one is more beautiful then the other, they're both beautiful. I think Shinga is very beautiful, I also think Hilary Duff is beautiful, and Katy Perry and Megan Fox. But to make such nasty comments about one being a nasty bitch because she looks a certain way is not the kind of person I'm sure most people want to be.

Sum: Wake up, take charge of what you're saying and don't compare and belittle and just, demean one thing over another. Don't assume that because one person looks one way that they're gonna act a certain way. Don't sink low as to mock or make rude comments about one because they have something you do or don't have. Everyone is beautiful, to compare just shows that you aren't following your own advice "beauty is only skin deep" because to compare is to be ugly on the inside.

Whoa that got preachy *is shot* But really, I cannot stress enough how we need to stop making comparisons and such. And I also apologize for running around in circles in my argument I'm sure I repeated myself plenty of times XD And yes I am a hypocrite for saying others are ugly on the inside for comparing that would make ME ugly on the inside for stating it in the first place. Oh well. I'm over it. Bah, this is getting too long D< Oh and no I'm not interested in picking a fight, for someone to fight with me over this isn't going to alter reality and stop the blonde from being a DRAWING or make Shinga's art any less awesome. K thanks.
Frau-Nordlicht Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
i totally agree!!

but its still hard to be positive on all that, if you have problems with self esteem, like me. im the complete opposite of what is considered beautiful and its really frustrating when people judge you worse than they judge "beautiful" people. and thats a fact - if you are "beautiful" you have a easier life.
Addi-Pink-Power Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010

It is hard to be positive because it's so, frusterating. I used to think I was ugly, I really worried I'd never fall in love because nobody would love someone as ugly as me. Then I reached a certain point when I said "fuck it, I don't care what people think, if I look like a horses ass, so be it, people don't have to look."

I do see where you're coming from but that's exactly the thing I want to get across. Being beautiful or ugly doesn't make life easier or worse. Being beautiful, things don't just come to you. Same with being ugly, things don't just come to you. Working for what you want does. Anything worth having won't come easily and if you think that being beautiful would change that then you must know that whatever they're getting so easily probably isn't worth having anyway. I hate that saying "when you're beautiful you get what you want" because it's not true. That's like saying "if I was black I could dance" or "if I was Asian I could do math well." it's a stereotype and it's stupid. Anyone can dance, anyone can do math. Don't be stupid and bigotted like that, it's not a good way to go through life. On a related matter, beauty only gets people so far. Karma comes around to everyone, pretty or not, what goes around comes around.

Anyway sorry I think I need to get off my soap box now XD If you worry about what otehr people think, fuck 'em, if they're only going to look on the outside they're losers not worth your time anyway :hug:
FCARVALLO Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
You are lovely!! The "bombshells" usually are nasty b*otches for the most part (Insert my brother's first Psycho-Barbie girlfriend in here). Their beauty is just skin deep and once they get older and their looks go to hell, they have nothing else to fall on! Your spirituallity will hold you when you get older. My grandmother & mother (who's 77 and looks great BTW)never acted like they were "glamour" girls. Their dignity and class is what carried them over into their "maturity" with grace. Be happy with what you are, all of us in this posting think you're terrific!
Tito-Mosquito Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You ARE beautiful!:huggle:
In any case, Random Sparkly Aryan Chick in the background will be in for quite a surprise when her 4th husband leaves her for a 20-year-younger version of her because she has no discernible personality.
Naraethlas Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009   Photographer
I just love the redhead in everything.
The angel on the back looks way too plain. I prefer your style. =)
jonny4911 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Give me true love from your kind and I'll love her for all my life and beyond.
Beauty is not only in what we show, but in what we choose to hide. True beauty lies within what we see as our own flaws and perfection can only be had when we accept and with pride show who we truly are!
So I ask you, who is true beauty in this picture? :cuddle:
squirrelmobster Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whenever I think about blondes as a group, the first thing that comes to mind is plastic. Personally, I love red heads more than any other.
Kyra-Moonflower Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
actually you look much better than her......
Wings, style, and looks wise. I do love the portrayed feeling of the drawing all together
(portrayed? WTF When did I start becoming an art snob.... o0) <-- yay for after thoughts
RaBrBaAz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
Fuck the conventions. deviate from the norm. THATS beauty. free yourself from societies stranglehold on how we should look, act, talk, walk fucking SING! what we should write, listen to, watch, what we should like and not like. fuck that, fuck the rules. dance to the music in your head and THATS beautiful.

:) sorry, but alot of my friends say the same thing and its hard for me to not explode into a 'originality is true beauty' rant.
RockBarnes Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Just talking about the looks:

For me, red>blonde any day.
That aside: Ears are attractive :3 And I mean ears, not boobs. Call me pervert if you wish ;3
tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
I totally know what you mean. I'm with Fessel Screw the world. While I am blonde and I do love my hair color, but sometimes I wish it were a different color just because of the fact that so many blondes are associated as simple minded. And makes me have something in common with those idiots.
Jade-Marius Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that feeling so well its not funny, I am by no means "beautiful" by societies standards but fuck society what do they know.
HyperMushrambo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Very good picture, quite well drawn.
I know that feeling, quite well.
DarkAliceChibi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
Redheads over blonds anyday for me. (Really hoping my (blond) sister doesn't read this)
absolute-freak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
It actually took me reading the description to figure out which one you meant to be the beautiful one.
absolute-freak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
I know I dont know you, but after seeing the picture, the first thing I thought was "ok, so that's one's supposed to be beautiful I guess, but the other one not only looks beautiful, but is so much more interesting because of the emotion she's drawn in. The other one actually looks pretty boring." So that's my opinion on the whole self-image issue.
JohanSutherland Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mm okay ... how should i ... ah yeah! First af all, redhead rocks! Well darkhead too. And blonde ... well let's say we all rock XD

Soooo what i wanted to say : i know how it sucks being ignored because a beautiful girl pass bye. I'm a man, and my brother does that all the time. Even if we don't have much time to pass together, even when i'm talking about important things, when i need him to comfort me because he's my big bro and i need help. Of course, it may be different from a girl point of view. But, the important point is : a blonde isn't sexy because she's blonde. I'm not saying that beauty is inside people, because i've seen the inside of human bodies and it's enything but pretty XD. No, to feel beautiful, well, errm ... *caugh* just be yourself? Holy crap, that's not what i wanted to say XDDD

Nevemind, you're a nice and funny person (as far as i can tell) and we all love you!!!!
skubi-arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
To be honest...I think the "plain ol' redhead" is much more beautiful than this bitch-like blue-eyed angel thing.
metalmeister5582 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
From what I've seen so far, you ARE beautiful...
zBIz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Your picture is great, but I like it for something other then what you were trying to show. I thought it was a sweet picture of a girl who loved the sad pretty red head one and knew she was beautiful.

Anyways nice pic, and both of them are pretty
Fessel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Know what? Screw the world.
OrigamiMommy Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
I've never seen your picture but I've been browsing your gallery since I put my kids to bed and I think you're beautiful. ^_^ Great picture. I can draw from
references but I can't do what you do.
soylent-hobbes Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
Society sucks and that's that. I'd love to have no tits and less curves, but that just isn't going to happen, and I'm sure that it comes with its own set of un-silver linings, so I'll make due with what I have. It just kind of sucks when you're twelve with a curvy twenty-year old body.
AJTalon Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Student Writer
Beauty comes in many forms, and those who are wise can find it in anyone. Maybe it sounds corny, but it's what I believe. If you are truly beautiful inside, it shines out through your actions and your attitude, and all near you see this beauty.

And yes, this is an old pic, but I like it.
blackouthart Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
aw, you look good too! and people would think you're beautiful; the way you make people laugh. :)
Nycky Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You pic really reminds me of the movie mean girls! Think of it this way, I'm sure that "blondie" can't draw like you!
DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you're sexy!
ThirdSight Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
As long as the girl with wings is inside you, and comes out through you, men will fight over you.

That is if they haven't already.
The-Crazy-Lunatic Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
is it just me or do the blonde slutty looking chicks these days all look like clones? liek you're trying to describe a girl "skinny, blonde hair..." "about 300 girls in our school look like that" "oh yeah... uh... yay for being different!"
nintendiehard Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
Y'know what's weird? I don't really like blondes. Somehow it makes them less attractive to me. Though for some odd reason, the opposite has always been true for redheads. Go figure.

Trust me, if I could find a girl like you around here, then I'd be f%*kin' set for life. (please don't take that the wrong way)
PriestessOfNox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
awesome concept
pawprntsonmyheart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Writer
I like the meaning behind this.

I have the girl in the middle's hair, except I wear the redhead's clothes. ^^

Besides... I like to make fun of the 'bombshells' when they pass me in Wal*Mart in their itty-bitty skirts and knee-high boots in the middle of effing WINTER. </end tangent>
Kaffin8dGoddess Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
"I like to make fun of the 'bombshells' when they pass me in Wal*Mart in their itty-bitty skirts and knee-high boots in the middle of effing WINTER."

Me too! Who do they think they are fooling?!
About the picture:

I often feel like this. Well often enough. I am comfortable in my own skin, but being a very dark brunette (it's almost black) with a pale olivey complexion amidst the sea of bottle blondes and (either real or orange tanning booth) tanned skin ... ^^' like you said, "part of me doesn't WANT to look like that at all" sometimes I kinda wish I did.
:+fav: btw
jrdehais Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty is defined by the viewers mind, eyes and concepts, to be or not to be is the question, for some you are not for some you are... the main question is if you feel beauty you truly can be, if you feel ugly then mostlikely you are... my impression of you is that you are facing a part that everysingle artist in deviantart has faced, I was there, I wished to be as strong as a Saiyan, of course, that is more a childish mind, but still if you feel yourself beauty you will be, the greatest power of all is Mind. And I am pretty sure you will find someone that likes you and more important that YOU Like that will be your soulmate... I did and it took me 24 years of my life... of course I dont expect you to take that much time, do we? Anyways the art concept is great! :thumbsup:
jrdehais Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty is defined by the viewers mind, eyes and concepts, to be or not to be is the question, for some you are not for some you are... the main question is if you feel beauty you truly can be, if you feel ugly then mostlikely you are... my impression of you is that you are facing a part that everysingle artist in deviantart has faced, I was there, I wished to be as strong as a Saiyan, of course, that is more a childish mind, but still if you feel yourself beauty you will be, the greatest power of all is Mind. And I am pretty sure you will find someone that likes you and more important that YOU Like that will be your soulmate... I did and it took me 24 years of my life... of course I dont expect you to take that much time, do we? Anyways the art concept is great! :thumbsup:
jrdehais Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty is defined by the viewes mind, eyes and concepts, to be or not to be is the question, for some you are not for some you are... the main question is if you feel beauty you truly can be, if you feel ugly then mostlikely you are... my impression of you is that you are facing a part that everysingle artist in deviantart has faced, I was there, I wished to be as strong as a Saiyan, of course, that is more a childish mind, but still if you feel yourself beauty you will be, the greatest power of all is Mind. And I am pretty sure you will find someone that likes you and more important that YOU Like that will be your soulmate... I did and it took me 24 years of my life... of course I dont expect you to take that much time, do we? Anyways the art concept is great! :thumbsup:
Mendras-Terol Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
<_< personally I think those types (the blonde bombshell type that is) are boring and not that attractive. They're a dime a dozen and if anything it's hillarious to watch them all carefully practice being clones of each other. It's like having a billion little pink notecards or one florecent green one. The green one's going to be better because it's different. <_< besides, I've seen photos of you, you're very pretty. Redheads are sexy XD
AdokenaiHitomi13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006   Traditional Artist
the blonde-hair-blue-eyes-big-boobs and revealing clothing thing is generally what men like when they're looking for a one night stand. girls like us (darker haired and cute, dressing normally) are what men like when they're looking for a steady relationship. I've read that in many places. :D
otherunicorn Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
Those that judge/choose a person by their outside deserve the lucky lottery they get. Just a thought - someone who looks like they spend all their time prettying themselves won't have the time to have a meaningful relationship with anyone but the mirror!

Good pic.
Dragon-Hacker Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2005
I love this picture because I can completely relate..I can't remember if I faved this when it was on my dev watch list.. but I'm gonna fav it now for good measure... there's so much emotion in this picture it just.. reaches out to me and I love it. I can't get over the emotion in this.. the feeling and everyhting it says without any words...

I hate feeling that way.. but I get it all the time.. when people look right past you at the more attractive/outgoing/popular/showy girl... when you're only there when they need a pencil, or the answers to some assignment, or something else.. or you're just not there.. it's loanly and upsetting and.. my life, actually. Right now especially.. I probably shouldn't go into that story, it's boaring and depressing and you don't wanna know but... I know how you feel and I can relate so much it.. it's upsetting, really...


not to say this upsets me or anything! I love this picture, it's just upsetting anyone has to feel this way.. I hate feeling this way....

anyway, beautifull, I also like the coloring!!! I shal do a proper comment, starting... NOW! O.O

<c>(proper comment and such below)</c>

-wonders if that centered of if I just have no clue what I'm doing-

ok, so.. I mentioned I love the coloring.. well, so I shal specify here:

the skirt the 'bombshell' is wearing.. the shading just... it looks so cool!! I don't know how else to describe it it just.. wow O.O it looks.. flowy and.. and... I can't describe it!!!! the hair on both of the figures (you and the blond one) are great!!! shading again is just.. wow.. I can't do hair like that and I don't know how you do it.. probably have a tablet.. lucky...

The colors complement eachother very well... it just all adds up to a dynamic immage... the contrast and the feeling and.. just everything!!!

you display emotions so well.. it's amazing and wonderful and cool and.. awe inspireing!! there's not alot more I can say...

I'm sorry it's not as long and detailed as a proper comment should be but... well, I tried and there's not alot more I can say..

Tadakotheotaku Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005   Writer
Red heads are the best! *loves red hair*
Nelipot Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Professional Artist
I LOVE this drawing. Not many people care for modisty anymore. And not many people notice me because my boobs aren't hanging out and I'm not wearing a thong! BLEH! ::spits:: Some may refer to me as a "goody goody" but I honestly don't care because when I see some 10 year old wearing a mini skirt and a low-cut shirt it makes me feel like I have values.
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