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Corpus Delicti by fantasio Corpus Delicti by fantasio
The full image of corpus Delicti, a personal work with a personal story. Inspired by Max Sauco and Joel Peter Witkin.

The hypothetical play with the title should provoke some thoughts about "what is the "piece of evidence" in the image, or better said if there was a crime, who´s the delinquent?

I wish you a nice time to find that out;)

Close up here:
Corpus Delicti - Teaser crop by fantasio

Stock credits:
Model: Istockphoto - Cevdet Gokhan Palas
Room: ~AnneWillems
Present: ~ravenarcana
Lightbulb ~doesnotexist
& personal stock and brushes

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I'm guessing the elements on this piece are all there for a reason, but I would rather give an opinion based primarily on the purely visual aspects rather than the meaning of the piece, since meaning *is* quite personal after all.

First of all, I must say that the photomanip technique you've used (if any :P) is flawless. I also like the selection of the individual elements, like the spine blades, ribbon, apple, rolled dollar etc.
I love the beautiful color contrast between the girl's figure, the ribbon and the apple, as well as the visual symmetry between the apple and the light bulb, and also the overall color scheme that -for me- flows quite nicely around the whole piece.
I'm guessing that the gift box way right has this particular color as way of standing out? Which is all cool, except that it is very subtly portrayed. It's size is quite similar to the size of the apple and the bulb, so I'm guessing maybe you're trying to link the three items visually - and by extension in meaning? As far as symmetry goes, that works, though I would have liked to see a version with the gift box in color tones similar to the apple, since this could make it stand out more clearly too.
The thing that "bugs" me though is the snake. Even though it's essentially in the center of your composition, framed as such by the girl's legs and the folds of the table-cloth, the fact that it has its own folds and patterns and the orangy color makes it "vanish" within the piece. Which is all cool if you intended it to be a ninja snake to begin with, but maybe it could also work if its body were less saturated and actual contrast were given to the smoking head instead? Since the head seems to be closer to the viewer than the rest of its coils as portrayed by the smoke drifting up between the girl's legs. Which also seems to give the piece a bit less depth than I would have expected. I'm saying this because this particular part of the pic (girl's legs, table-cloth folds, smoking snake) seems to be the most "loud" texture-wise compared to the rest of the pic which is much simpler, so I don't think much would be lost with less color anyway. Um. If that makes any sense to you.
Depth of course, could also be achieved if there was a bit more contrast in your darker areas behind the gift box and in the bgr behind the girl and table. I would also like to see a version with just a bit of a blur in the bgr, but maybe you already have that. The preview is not all that big, so I can't really tell.

Regardless of all the technicalities, it is still beautifully made and I would still congratulate you on your vision.
Well done and I hope this helps?
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Has she perhaps been corrupted? And the crime that’s been committed is the theft of her innocence, soul?
The snake and the apple bring two things to mind, the Garden of Eden and original sin/temptation.
The smoke coming from the snake is drifting straight to her suggesting to me that she is being influenced by the snake. The gift next to the cocaine lines suggest a sinister motive a wolf in sheep’s clothing so to speak offering a seemingly kind gift when the intention is ultimately to corrupt, which is suggested by the drugs.
The apple on the desk would lead me to believe a teacher or doctor, typically an apple is considered a nice gift to a teacher or an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Either way I think the apple subtly suggest an innocent gift, where the present element is overtly a gift but in opposition to the apple is subtly malign.
So what we see depicted metaphorically is the fully corrupted girl, her innocence taken and the clues to its theft subtly placed as the theft itself was subtle act. The delinquent possibly someone she knew to be an authority type figure – teacher, doctor or the like. God I really hope this isn't like a Rorschach test, but am I close?.

Regardless truly amazing work, the texture, diffused but somehow vibrant color and light work…really compelling composition. Awesome job.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wadekorn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Way awesome! Fantastic job on everyones part.
fantasio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the comment!
GoreManiac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Nice. Really cool...
fantasio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nikutsuki Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Usually I am not a huge fan of photomanipulation, but your works are outstanding!

Ich bin jetzt ziemlich neugierig und frage mich was hinter den ganzen details steckt :'D
Vielleicht ist das etwas weit hergeholt, aber hat das ganze einen religiösen hintergrund?
fantasio Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Naja eine Anspielung an religiöse  überlieferungen sind nicht ausgeschlossen, sagen wir mal so, das bild (und mittlerweile die serie) beschäftigt sich halt mit der Philosophie, entfernt evtl auch Theosophie und dementsprechend kann das also schon über den rein mythologischen aspekt hinausgehen, aber das ist alles reine interpretationssache;)
nikutsuki Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
You're welcome :aww:

Interessant! Ich finde die gesamte serie richtig toll :)
Danke für die antwort :D
lukemicallef Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
While it's a really fantastic piece and very much to my tastes, I'm wondering whether the title doesn't have a deeper meaning as opposed to just thinking it was a 'smart' addition. Other than that, it's had me worried that I clearly didn't retain anything from my first year criminal lectures haha.
Goravsky Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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