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Flies and Spiders by MBrainspaz Flies and Spiders by MBrainspaz
I took an old library edition of The Hobbit and killed it artfully. That's what it felt like, anyway.

The book is opened to the chapter Flies and Spiders, which was always my favorite when I was little. I tried to represent it by cutting up the book.

3 hours. Lots of cutting. A bit of glue. A ton of fun.

(Inspired by Su Blackwell)
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very creative and fun. What a way to mesh visual art with a beloved tale.
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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montmartre96 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to do something like that for class! I understand the feeling of ruining a book :roll: But you've done an awesome cool job!
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Elanor-Lothlorien Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very amazing. :D
I must make something like that for school.
And it's so much fun.
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it was. Thanks!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm normally against destroying books, but I still love this :)
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Illaris3 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
excellent idea
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NikkiCadd Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
every nerve in my body is screaming out against the damaging of a book, but in saying that, I think it looks great! Just DON'T come near my bookshelves! lol
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your books are safe. Thanks!
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice end to an old book. You really have outdone yourself! I must admit it was my favourite chapter too!!
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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erin-margaret Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011   Photographer
this is so amazing! seeing this pretty much made my day.
how did you get the pieces to stand up straight like that?
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Weeeeell since the paper wasn't thick enough to stand on its own, I had to use bits of a plastic straw I found on my floor, and lots of glue.
With thicker paper it would've worked better.

Glad you like it! :)
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emmekamalei Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Super cool! I want one of these on display in my house one day. :D
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oblivion-LOTR-Zelda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god... This is amazing, but the first thought I had when I saw this was, "YOU'VE COMMITTED A CRIME!!! A CRIME AGAINST EVERYTHING GOOD IN THE WORLD!! YOU HAVE DESTROYED THE HOBBIT!!!" But then I realized you took something beautiful and created another beautiful specimen from it.
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
=) Thanks for coming to terms with my book violence.
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oblivion-LOTR-Zelda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha XD You're welcome. It is a very cool and beautiful thing you did, though.
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LoudSkies Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Such an amazing idea. :love:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome! :D I'd love to do something like this....
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FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That's fantastic! :wow: Also, I love "killed it artfully." Yes indeed. :D
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NinjaKitty--x Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool, I just stare at it for a while. Great job!
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Rain-drop Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student
This is awesome!! I don't like killing a book, hahaha, but this looks really cool. And it does seem like it would be fun! Maybe I should try it. I remember that chapter...=)
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
This is very well-done, but the idea of cutting up a book is just too painful for me. Excellent silhouette work, though, and I like how we can see Bilbo in the back there.
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woot! I'm glad you noticed him! I was worried I'd made the depth of field too short.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Oh, wow. It's beautiful, but.. Really? You cut the book? I understand the feeling of killing it...
Anyway, still wow. =)
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah . . . I do have three other copies of it though =)
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ninquetari Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Cool!
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FreeMeadows Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Now that, is amazing. Very creative and so well done!
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franklando Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Filmographer
Wow, that's truly awesome = great job!

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Hospi88 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS PERFECT!!!!!!
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MBrainspaz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! =)
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Hospi88 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too have idea how to "ruine or make more beutiful" my books, to draw some really cool pictures which are moments or collages from things in this book :)
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