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    Platonic - how do I covey it?

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    Started this a couple of days ago and now I'm stuck.
    My idea is to portray a deep, platonic love, conveyed mostly through the eyes, but I'm not sure how to do it anymore. It just looks bland.
    They weren't even supposed to be touching lips in the beginning.

    I can't move on until I get it sorted out. Any ideas?

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    I think nudity + kiss is never going to look Platonic.

    And eyes-open kisses are just creepy

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    I think nudity + kiss is never going to look Platonic.

    And eyes-open kisses are just creepy
    heh
    Those are exactly the bounds I'm trying to cross :d

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    I don't think that's how it works, though. You can't convey an idea by filling your picture with elements that contradict the idea.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    I don't think what you're trying to do is impossible, though it is really difficult. Something similar to what you're talking about is Bouguereau's Cupid and Psyche as infants http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...first_kiss.jpg

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    I don't think that you can express whether a love is platonic or not with only the eyes to go on. You have to use body language, like in the example graphiterocks provided. Of course these are children so you mind doesn't read sex in the same way. If you look at your drawing however their body language is passionate, clinging to eacohther in a possessive manner.

    People who are close but not lovers will always keep a comfortable distanse even if they are intimate.
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    THE GOOD -
    This is a very good picture of an awkward kiss. Each trying to figure out the other's level of attraction rather than being in the moment of passion.

    HOWEVER -
    The most common type of platonic love is friendship. Friends do not kiss, certainly not while naked.

    If you're trying to get across a platonic kiss, this picture is failing. While there maybe some cultures where platonic love is expressed through kissing. I don't know of any. Sure art can buck tradition, but I think there's a time to admit that the mores and traditions of the culture that will view the art piece is simply going to overpower any attempt to subvert it.

    ADVICE -
    Go with what you have: a beautiful picture of an awkward moment. That will be subversion enough. Put less kindly: Nothing about this picture is platonic. If you want to do that, scrap this painting and start over. But be warned: You will be throwing away what you have, for what you THINK you should have. And that will be nothing but frustrating and you will not net any accomplishment. You cannot convince people kissing isn't romantic or familial.

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    The body language is wrong.

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    Sorry guys, apparently my concept of ''platonic'' was in need of some polishing (english is not my first language, my bad)...

    I'll try and rephrase it. What I'm trying to go for is love in its purest of forms. I want people to look at it and not see two naked people engaging in sexual activity, rather, I want them to feel warm and comfortable inside, but the eyes are giving it a weird feel, so I might really have to draw them closed.

    I appreciate all the input so far. Thanks once again.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz-Plume View Post
    The body language is wrong.
    How so?

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