When i first saw this i thought "if only that happened when i lifted my skirt..." Then i read some of the comments about what i could mean... child prostitution... child abuse...even so it looks nice! <3
Interesting. As I read through the comments, the array of different interpretations is quite interesting.
Child prostitution, Child beauty pageants, Children's greed, A gender-swapped "The Boy with the Golden Trousers", Child slavery, It being 'potentially comedic', Child thieves, The expense of living (with a child), Child abuse...
It really makes me wonder what ~buta0309 had in mind while drawing it.
So haunting. This image will stay with me for a long time.
The subtlety of the bruises and confusion in the comments below makes me think of how victims of child abuse are often never discovered, their behavior explained as 'acting out' or 'being shy' and people either unaware or too cautious to speak out when they see something not quite right.
For those who are saying "oh why are there so many people talking about child prostitution?" I invite you to look at the entire photo.
She has bruises on her legs. Her skirt is being lifted far too high to be just "keeping it clean." Indeed, the way she holds the skirt forward makes it appear as though she's lifting it up and showing her front. (Note the way it is pulled more tightly by her rear, showing that she's pulling the skirt up and away from her body.) The money she drops from under her skirt is floating up as if i becomes ashes that are burning and flying into the air.
This is not a "path to success." This is not a little girl trying to "keep her dress clean." (When lifting a skirt to keep it clean, you usually pull outwards at about hand length and on the right and left sides, forming a fan shape. This prevents any potential "wardrobe malfunctions," although the length of the skirt may force adjustments.) Based on the imagery above, I cannot envision this as anything other than a child slave who sees the money around her as nothing more than ashes. The money is not hers, just as her own body is not hers.
Let me be clear, I'm not trying to put you all down. But I find many of the comments here to be naive and outright rude in some cases. Many people here saw what I pointed out. The too highly pulled skirt. The bruises. The money carelessly stepped on that eventually floats into the air like ash. And they commented about the cruelties of child slavery, human trafficking, and child prostitution. Then commentators came back with "I don't wanna see comments like that" or "There's not enough information to draw that conclusion." Just because someone saw something in a picture that you don't agree with doesn't mean that you should be trying to say that those comments are worth less than others, or that you should be trying to tell people they are wrong.
And if you do have a criticism of their interpretation, then outline it clearly, instead of just telling them that they're being too negative or that they're just plain wrong. (Or that you don't want to read comments like that. Seriously.)
The artist did not include a detailed description. We are left to decide what the picture is about as the viewing audience. But just because many people are coming to the conclusion that this is about the horrors of child prostitution doesn't give their opinions any less worth, or that the individuals typing them shouldn't contribute to the discussion if they believe they have something meaningful to say.
First off, the linework is gorgeous. I'm not sure what kind of pen you're using, but it screams Miwa Shirow. The style is fantastic and the concept is (as you can see in the comments) strikingly open. My personal opinion is child prostitution, but in the same, interpretation is everything and the next person could think of something totally different. Wonderful job, I'll definitely be watching.
I love how the concept is open for interpretation. There's something really striking about contrasting the girl in white against a black background. No matter what people see in this, the contrast really brings out the mystery in your picture. Congrats on the DD!
I know some people have said that this pic might not be as deep as some of us have taken it... But the Scars/ Scratches on her upper legs and the bruise above her elbow just makes it more sinister to me , And just points it to me towards prostitution...I bet you might be getting sick of hearing that...But that is just whats getting stuck in my head... So's this image of yours, It's so haunting that it's burning itself into my corneas ~
Beautifully detailed work with just using black and white. The message of the piece kind of is disturbing I know it wasn't meant to sound that way, but this is just my opinion. Like homeless kids having to sell their bodies for money to get food or clothing, shelter. Or it can be the kid beauty queens/models selling their bodies for a living. Anyways just my opinion. Brilliant work on this and congrats on the DD.