De-Construction by Sybille Sterk

This was an experiment inspired by a tutorial I saw a while ago (see here). However, rather than following the tutorial I used masks for all of it and made it my own. (I can never follow a recipe without making changes either…) ;-)


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I wanted to create an image of emotional de-construction, the kind of thing that happens if you keep your emotions locked up for too long and when then the pressure gets too much and they suddenly errupt and tear the very fabric of the person apart.

Dealing with emotions is difficult at the best of times, but not dealing with them and pretending ’it’s not happening’ creates it’s own problems. Without getting into gender stereotypes, it’s something that in my experience men are more likely to suffer from. Like everything this is partly genetic and partly nurture.

It is something that’s terrible to live through and terrible to watch, hence the intense feel I tried to create.


A5047S by arachnid5

Textures and Backgrounds
Free blood splatter textures by khaosdog
and it was my business by CKdailyplanet
Abstract Texture 6 by Sed-rah-Stock
Lasting Impression by dazzle-textures
tongue by thespook
texture 36 by night-fate-stock
Film Border ii by struckdumb

All other images/stock/textures my own.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • mindym306
    mindym306over 4 years ago

    Great work!!!

  • Thank you so much Mindy. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesover 4 years ago

    Wow This is awesome work!

  • Thank you so much Christie. :-) Much appreciated. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    Your words of explanation add so much to the significance of this piece, Sybille – it’s a powerful image that could stand on its own merits but coupled with such remarkable insight, it becomes even more compelling. Just such amazing work, my friend. xoxox

  • Thank you so much Lianne. :-) I am so glad it works – on it’s own and with the explanation. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Scott. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    all tensed up and no where to go,well don e !Lz

  • Thank you so much Liz. Yep, that’s exactly it. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    I feel the tension in this one… Terrific work

  • Thank you so much Maureen. I am so glad it all worked. Took a few days to get it to this point. It’s so easy to over complicate things sometimes… :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 4 years ago

    This is fabulous. . . the concept is exceptional in it’s execution . . .
    well done!

  • Many many thanks Rhonda. I took a few days to get it right and looking at it again and stripping it back – it was in colour at the beginning – quite intense… xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    now this is what I call class work! I think you did a cool jop. l iove the way the have a web and razorwire, I bit of soft and gentle :) poor guy doh! hes got a bad skin condition.

  • LOL thanks Declan. Actually, both the spiderweb and the barbed wire signify the inevitability of his condition – by not being able to deal/cope with his emotions they hold him back and hold him in until he explodes. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrover 4 years ago

    I can relate to that very much so!!

  • :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 4 years ago

    NICE WORK…:)

  • Thank you so much Tammera. :-) It was an experiment. LOL I feel like Dr Frankenstein now…. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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