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Here's my thing for this: [link]

I am not an illustrator. The hands are royalty-free artwork obtained from Liquid Library.

EDIT 1-19-10: Well, looks like I didn't win! It's all good, though. Please go and congratulate the winners of the contest, and above all, remember the core message of love and equality that is the basis of the whole thing.

Many thanks to those of you who faved this piece, and those who stopped by to offer a kind word.

Love unites!

:peace: :love:

Love Unites Remix
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Regardless of the contest, I really like this as an individual piece. It has a strong message, clearly and concisely delivered. The style reminds me of old propaganda posters (not a bad thing!) which makes the positive message so much more memorable.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you, Tanya. I appreciate that very much. I actually love old propaganda-style art and posters, and I'm grateful for the comparison.
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projectilewordvomit Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Love the design as well as the message. Although you're not a illustrator, you've created a a wonderful composition with a lovely color palette. :)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Thank you, very much. :)
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somnomollior Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010   Writer
I have felt attacked and threatened by the clenched fist when I have seen it used to represent people standing up for rights and freedoms - I think your open hands are much more likely to be effective and gain support for any cause.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Thank you! I appreciate your thought. :hug: There are times and causes for which I think a raised fist is a strong image, but this isn't one of them.
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vest Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I really hope this image gets a nod in the judging portion of the contest. The fact the contest mission statement reads "Wages War on Homophobia" is very unsettling, like the best way to show love and equality is WAGING WAR. There's so much wrong with this contest, and am jovial that a lot of the joke entries and entries highlighting Fairey's art theft are prevailing.

But I don't want to call this a joke entry, because it's very serious, and conveys the best message of all entries. Sure, it goes against the contest's mission and doesn't use the iconography we are supposed to be "remixing" for it. But it also takes the underlying cause it represents with reverence, and conveys the desire for rights and equality better than anything else.

You're goddamn right. Love isn't a clenched fist. I just wish the agents claiming to represent homosexual rights like Fairey recognize that a call to arms discredits the cause he is attempting to help out. The fact he's a notorious art thief doesn't help at all, which makes this image even more valuable as it doesn't use his stolen templates.

I'm glad you credit your source, too, and went to a royalty-free library to legally acquire your material. This is the most honest, down-to-earth entry I've seen, and wish you the best of luck in the running.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Thank you. I deeply appreciate such a thoughtful comment, and that you understand what I was going for here.

I'm dismayed that the core purpose behind the contest has become obscured by the anti-Fairey firestorm, but I guess it stands to reason. You reap what you sow, and all that. :)
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EZbreeZ Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is one of my favorites. :D
Good luck, I hope you place.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Thank you so much! :hug:
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EZbreeZ Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009   Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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hazgirl22 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I absolutely love this! It's definitely my favorite of the semi-finals. Congratulations on getting that far already, and best wishes to you in winning the contest! :D
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
Thanks very much! :hug: I'm surprised to be among the semifinalists, certainly.
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hazgirl22 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
You are quite welcome. :D
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lovelustetc Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Great statement :heart:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thanks! :) I appreciate the fave, too.
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paperdolldreams Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like this one. It's such a great interpretation. Good luck! :D
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Thanks very much! :hug:
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aoimery Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Great idea. Good luck in the contest ;)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Thanks very much! :hug:
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I5I Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Interface Designer
I agree with this 100%.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
:thumbsup: Thanks!
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steadfastfire Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the message here... very powerful
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Thanks very much!
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DuskFalling Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Very nice, I couldn't agree more :) This really stood out amongst all the fist and it certainly caught my attention. I always thought that something like this was far more fitting than the fist. :+favlove:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Thank you for the kindness, and the fave! :hug:
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FireSketch Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Good luck, you're so right :)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Just my opinion. Thanks! :hug:
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dikka Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your idea is great ;) Wish you luck ^.^
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Thanks! :hug:
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RDavey69 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Love the idea, makes you think.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Thank you. I appreciate that.
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HugQueen Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009   Writer
:heart: It looks fantastic dear. (:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thank you! :hug:
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HugQueen Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009   Writer
You're welcome hun. :cuddle:
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Grave-Robber-Jess Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
wow! it's truly inspiring! wonderful remix of the original!
good luck :aww:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Thank you very much! :heart:
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chucles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
amazing rendition, I hope you go far in the running
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Thanks very much!
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twolanes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009   Writer
i didn't like the clenched fist either. what's that got to do with love
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
I think Fairey was going for a message of defiance against those who oppose gay marriage, so I can see it from that perspective. I just think the idea of love and equality merits something other than defiance. :)

Thanks for commenting! :hug:
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dragnixcatc Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I think yours is the best so far! Some of the other entries to me don't go along with the contest, I personaly like the 'Love is no clenched fist' there is meaning in it I love it :heart:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Thank you! :heart:
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dragnixcatc Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :3
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xorac Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thou art indeed an all round entertainer! :worship:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
:lol: I do some level of graphic design as part of my job every day. I'm not in the same league as a professional full-time designer, but I know enough to get in trouble.

Thanks!
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poprocksandcharlotte Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Me likes :heart:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Me thanks. :heart:
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Stamp this on the head of every dumb religious nutjerb who wants to irradicate others. Yeesh!

In other news, the caption should be "Love is a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies reaching for your brains."
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Maybe if I can find some good zombie hands, I'll do a remix of my remix. :D
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