No (Wo)Man is an Island by Sybille Sterk

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Inspired by a quote by John Donne, see the full quote here and a report I saw on a TV programme recently about how many old people are found dead days after their death because they were on their own without any immediate family.

30 Favourites 09/02/2011

This image has won not one but two awards!!! I am totally amazed. :-) Thank you so much SoJie jurors!

Desirée Glanville Digital Fine Art Awards
Special Earth Day Award
SoJie 10, April 2011

Desirée Glanville Digital Fine Art Awards
for Excellence in Digital Art
SoJie 10, April 2011

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Triptych series


models left to right

Model 1
Stock – Male Back V by mousiestock

Model 2
Back by Msperfect41

Model 3
Mannequin – 9 by mjranum-stock
(Marcus Ranum)

Tubes by xxsqueekbatstockxx
Rusty Mechanical Switch by FantasyStock
Down the Tubes by neubie

Backgrounds and Textures
sky 6 by night-fate-stock
French Wood 2 by struckdumb
Old Finds 4 by Shadowhouse
We The People and Wood Planks from Favourite Texture Set 1 by Shadowhouse
A Hazy Shade of Winter from Favourite Texture Set 2 by Shadowhouse

Spanish Moss Brushes by redheadstock
Gears Vectors Brushes by redheadstock
Botanicals PJ Redoute Vol.4 by remittancegirl
Hair brush set by para-vine
17 Grunge Border Bars Brush Set by Shadowhouse
Bird Brush Pack by Shadowhouse

All other images/textures/stock/brushes 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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  • S .
    S .about 4 years ago

    So true.. what a beautiful depiction of the the title
    Great work

  • Thank you so much Shoaib. I love John Donne, but never knew the saying was by him. LOL It’s been going round my head for a while. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • olga  hutsul
    olga hutsulabout 4 years ago

    It would be great to be an island, tropical, please! Wouldn’t it be? Great work as always!!!

  • Sometimes it’d be nice to be an island. It’d be nice and quiet for one! LOL My house always seems to be noisy… Thanks for the comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you George. Been experimenting again. More experiments to come. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Zolton
    Zoltonabout 4 years ago

    Really neat!

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    strong work

  • Many thanks Sylvia. :-) I am planning another series. This time more ‘grown up’. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • dperalta
    dperaltaabout 4 years ago

    Powerful. Love this.

  • Thank you so much Debi. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Patricia Strand
    Patricia Strandabout 4 years ago

    Absolulely tops! Gorgeous work.

  • Many thanks Patricia. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RabbitHeart
    RabbitHeartabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Sybille!

  • Thank yous o much Ursula. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    spectacular and so incredibly moving

    sublime art xxx

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) Glad you like it. xoxoxox

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wonderful messade powerful well done !Liz

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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