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The Library of Babel by owen-c The Library of Babel by owen-c
Part of a series of backgrounds that I did for the visual novel Songs of Araiah.

More information at www.vnovel.info

The name is my own title (a reference to Borges), it does not relate to the visual novel which it was created for.

All images 2011 vNovel Interactive
Thanks again to them for allowing promotional use of the image
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:iconvrikolas:
vrikolas Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
amazing work! i hope you would do backgrounds for my own visual novel too! it's really hard to find artists this good! 
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:iconrdoetjes:
rdoetjes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
I really like this! It makes you as the viewer feel small among those big bookshelves with all that knowledge.
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:icontashinasamantha:
TashinaSamantha Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Lovely work, great colors and lighting!
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LadyElyane Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I' d LOVE to own a library like that! <3 Wonderful work!!! :-)
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:iconking69bradley:
king69bradley Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
maybe i use this like background i know you don't mindFT!Sans Icon 
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Please don't use it because it was created for a commercial game. Thanks
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:iconking69bradley:
king69bradley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok i was kidding 
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:iconmynameisdarklolita:
Mynameisdarklolita Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
Hi can I use it on a visual novel please? I really love it!!!
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, sorry but it was made for a commercial visual novel so it is not allowed
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:icondrawingshady:
drawingshady Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i hope you don't mind that i used it for here...
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Please don't do that without asking me first. That is a copyrighted paid commission for a visual novel game. Copyright belongs to vNovel Interactive, Inc. It is not a stock resource.
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:icondrawingshady:
drawingshady Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh I'm sorry.. I'll change the background as soon as i can!
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Splendid, orderly and messy, impressive, mysterious.
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TuxedoDemon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
www.deviantart.com/art/Bibliot… hey yo someone reposted this, here's a link in case you want something done about it.
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Geez, looking at the related links, there's a ton of my own images put up there.
Thanks for the heads up
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TuxedoDemon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ffff ahh geez. Good luck getting that sorted out; you're welcome.
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I have had it happen before, I think they are just young inexperienced people who are new to the site and don't understand it is supposed to be a place to show your own work instead of others' work. The user joined less than a week ago.
I may have been a bit too harsh but we do have to let people know that this sort of thing isn't tolerated.
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TuxedoDemon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, I saw what you put, I think you were very straightforward about it and informative on what to do instead. You did good; if they get upset, that's on them. Hopefully they're mature about it; they need to learn the rules if they're going to use the site.

If all else fails, just use the report function; since you're the artist, you should get proper attention from the site staff.
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:iconmadnip123:
madnip123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
omg how long did it take you to draw all these booksXD?
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's 3D, so I didn't make each book individually
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:iconmadnip123:
madnip123 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student General Artist
ah!
still a great piece!
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:icontiruru:
Tiruru Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I use this in my upcoming visual novel? I will credit you! :3
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for asking, sorry but it was a paid commission for another visual novel called Songs of Araiah so I am not able to offer it for other use.
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Tiruru Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :) 
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hey, thanks!
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CourtneyLynnWashburn Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your very welcome....It went crazy after I posted it in like 8 hours I got 93 notes on your art. And people are still re-blogging it.
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owen-c Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool! it did seem like a fair amount
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EmertyWolf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Greaaaaat! Love the light!
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arabiannia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist
I would like something like this! Woohooooo! :squee:
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:iconsevel:
Sevel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
looks like you might need a loooooooot of time for reading if you wanted to come here
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow! Incredible work. :wow: :heart:
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passingfancyrae Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
*drool*
What I wouldn't give for a library like this! OMG, I think I'm in LOVE!
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celestialeuphoria Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I want to live there. Lol.
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:iconjesncin:
JesnCin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My favorite background illustrations always have that extra touch narrative work and tone to them. This certainly fulfills that! :)
The way the lighting hits that ladder...IT CALLS ME FORTH! :O
Great balance of colors you got going on with the books too. I love looking at artistic interpretations of libraries like this!
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:iconelliegrim:
EllieGrim Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I wish I could live there...
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:iconcarthegian:
Carthegian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Damn! I love this one :) :)
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:iconrunawynd:
Runawynd Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous! :wow: I absolutely loved all your works, but for some odd reason, this one really stood out to me. I LOVE the point-of-view in this one... My eyes are just overwhelmed by all the books!! :heart: Wonderful job; keep up the great work!
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owen-c Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, this one seems to be the favorite of a lot of people.
It's funny to me since it didn't take much time to do, was commission based on pretty short time and just what came into my head with the parameter of "big library". But I am glad people like it
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:iconclarapnaraujo:
clarapnaraujo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks like a dream I had... amazing.
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:iconowen-c:
owen-c Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks sounds like a cool dream
I always seem to have ones where I am lost inside massive buildings
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yami2703 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
i love it
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:iconskygazer17:
skygazer17 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
This is beautiful! I love the concept!
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FallingSpiralStudios Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You did a good job here.
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:iconpy687:
Py687 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of one of the episodes in Twilight Zone, where this lovesick man bought a love potion from a suspicious old man.
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:iconmatsumoto-reiko:
Matsumoto-Reiko Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
one word.... BEAUTIFUL ^^.
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:iconcharanty:
Charanty Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
So many books... I'd really love to visit this place.
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I've been trying to study the deeper meanings of the Borges story to aid my endeavour of creating an eternal library,

but all I get is a massive headache.

Great work though! :D
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owen-c Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool, someone who's read it... I always think of a lot of his works as just natural extrapolations of creating some impossible object... of course in library of babel there's lots of commentary about perhaps a religious/scientific search for truth and the ways various people interpret books...
I also heard it was somewhat of a reaction to his then current job at the national library in Argentina, where he would secretly work on stories on the job... supposedly the structure of that library is similar.

As for my image, there's no relation at all to the story...just a commissioned piece for something else that I needed a deviantart title for. It was a huge library, and I had recently read the story so it came to mind. Cool to see from your favorites though, that there's actual representations of the story that people have done here. I recognize the architecture (hexagonal forms).... Would like to attempt that sometime.
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I got into his works when I began my study into the workings of alternate universes, and physics related to such. His works came around and I found it very fitting and helpful to what I hope to create. What I'm trying to acheive is something along the lines of David Langford's Internet rendition of the Library of Babel.

Mine is a story about how a race of aliens manage to encode the universe into a supercomputer, and live among its workings trying to perpetually deciper it. The Library of Babel helps alot in my creative process of this universal computer.

That's hilarious. I work on stories on the job too...^^;

When I read it, I searched for modern interpretations of the Library and found some great renditions. I love how deviantART pretty much has enough artists to cover all topics. :D
I'd love to see it sometime! You have a great talent with scenery! Very aesthetically pleasing.
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