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November 15, 2008
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pink papillon by guava pink papillon by guava
I've been meaning to do a breast cancer awareness piece for ages now, so i couldn't pass up the PiNKiTUDE contest. Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way - for me it was my grandmother and her sister both losing a breast to cancer when they were younger.

The brief for the contest required we express the PiNKiTUDE attitude in some way. These are the attributes:

PiNKiTUDE is a pink attitude that says you are bold and take chances.
PiNKiTUDE is caring about body and spirit.
PiNKiTUDE is style that stands out in a sea of black and grey.
PiNKiTUDE is whimsical, sexy, intelligent and altogether fun!

I wanted my piece to be uplifting, which is why I used the butterflies coming from the ribbon. Butterflies represent the human soul, as well as 'rebirth' after a period of transition.

The girls earrings, necklace and ring are all Pink Panther icons, because that's who Susan G. Komen for the Cure has teamed up with.

The aim of the competition is to promote early detection as the key to breast cancer prevention among young women and teens. I figured that this style of art would be more appealing to that target demographic, with the bold bright sparklie colours (like CD cover art by Jason Brooks)... and look! no outlines for once!

And why the white afro? You'd have to be bold to pull off a hairstyle like that! Plus I wanted this piece to be kind of 'ethnicity-neutral'... I didn't want to use the stereotypical 'blond haired girl with flowing locks'... that and I really wanted to do a pearlescent afro!

To those who comment or :+fav: - thank you for the support, both for breast cancer awareness and my art :thanks:
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Very pretty!
red5 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this deviation my latest journal. I had to share it.

Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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LovesSecret Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Wonderful piece, its like something you see in a magazine <3
ilovejolie86 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
This is fantastic! I was looking at the 40 semifinalists and his one stood out above all the others - I can't believe you didn't win the grand prize! Anyway, great job and I hope you sell tons of prints!
dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
very fun and sparkly :D
PixieDivision Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
your art is amazing.
Von-Chan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
I like how you put in a lot of thought into this piece and you pulled it off wonderfully!

did you know that Kendra sported an afro from her own hair for a Halloween party! it looked this picture reminds of that!!

goodluck with the contest!
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
AHAHA I love love love that fro! Works with the pink so well! And it's simply wonderful my dear.
ringoCATALOG Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Student
Lovely colors :)
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