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Fallen by Matt Bottos

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A sketch drawn (04/09/2010) and then coloured/textured later in Photoshop.

I guess this is another about perceptions. At the time of the drawing & writing I was feeling weak and frustrated. The last four lines of what I wrote at the time I could only perceive in one context, that being very negative. Later on reading them again I could see them from another very different perspective being positive.

The grass is often green but at times I just don’t see it.

Right now I feel like a baby bird,
that has fallen from its tree.

And if I was, would it be wrong,
to wish you ‘finish’ me?

But then I’d rather go out standing,
and die fighting like a man.

Rather than a bird shoved in a plastic bag
and thrown in some trash can.

“Natural Selection has its ways” they say.
The weak are filtered out.

“So why is it that you’re still here?”
My demons scream and shout.


  • Redustheriotact
    Redustheriotactover 4 years ago

    Duuude. What is that?
    What tools did you use to color it?

  • hey mate! just a grey lead sketch coloured in photshop

    – Matt Bottos

    ROUBLE RUSTover 4 years ago

    OMG This image for me is quite disturbing. After reading the writing, I can feel how sensitive you are – this work is great Matt.

  • thanks rouble.. yeah I often joke that I’m like a sensitive, delicate flower petal ;)

    – Matt Bottos

  • janeymac
    janeymacover 4 years ago
    I agree the last few lines are positive Matt
  • thanks Jane

    – Matt Bottos

  • Redustheriotact
    Redustheriotactover 4 years ago

    Whats up?
    Like, what kind of Photoshop tools? Is there some sort of watercolor brush?

  • hey mate! No real tricks here.. just standard Photoshop CS brushes for the colour, used a few different layers to get the opacity & saturation to where I liked them. Used a mouse which was awkward but Im thinking of buying a graphics tablet maybe one day. Background is just 2 photos blended with a bit of spot desaturation & dodge/burn.

    – Matt Bottos

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 4 years ago

    matt, this is absolutely fascinating. so much texture, colour, emotion. you seriously blow my mind with all that you do.

  • thanks heather really appreciate your comment! Think I used a bit more colour in this than what I usually do :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 4 years ago

    Awesome and raw … from the depths of your humanity, your soul!

  • thanks :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Redustheriotact
    Redustheriotactover 4 years ago


    Yeah, I still wish I could have experimented with photoshop more. I used to have it until my dad deleted it for a purpose I forgot 6_9, but now I have PAINTER X, which is still very epic!

  • Ive never played with painter but Ive seen some amazing work done with it!

    – Matt Bottos

  • loiteke
    loitekeover 4 years ago

    Great work

  • thanks meeli

    – Matt Bottos

  • mordechai
    mordechaiover 4 years ago

    Writing even more powerful than image. Fantastic together.

  • thanks :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, brilliant work.

  • thanks andrea

    – Matt Bottos

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