Well, as the title of the thread says, this was an attempt of mine at surrealism. I started off with a sketch, and moved on to color it in photoshop. Granted, I'm not too good at coloring, I'm still happy that the piece turned out as good as it did Let me know what you think, crits will only help.
Oh, and I'm calling it Repentance.
This is the uncolored original sketch. It only took about 20 minutes or so, and yes, I'm slow . I started with a person simply in front of the cross in that particular position, but I decided to move on in light of a picture I was looking at by Giorgio De Chirico, who I've become interested in lately--hence the floorboards beneath the character. Then I simply went with the ideas I had in my head. It turned out to be what I wanted in the end, thankfully not having too many unecessary things, and not too complicated to deal with
This is, obviously, the colored piece. I hate computers, every time I upload something the quality of the picture is somehow taken away, not sure why. Perhaps the color looks funky since I'm not too friendly with pixels, and did it in photoshop--other than that, it's one of my first few real attempts at coloring. Symbolism abound, the cross on his head--the swastika on his shoulder (which I am not sure to be in the correct position); the shattered glass mirror represents a shattered reflection, thus the title "repentance", which is what he is trying to do I suppose. I added the 'night sky' in the background because I thought it would add to the effect of darkness, without being excessively gloomy.The black 'lines' holding the yin-yang symbol are supposed to be an extension of a shadow on the wood--ooo, creepy--the yin-yang representing something of the male/female aspect in everything, symbolizing the repentance to be aimed not as one specific gender (which people sometimes pick up for some reason)--also the genderless head tries to support this, *cough* tries.
That's about it--let me know what you think