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PE: The power of context

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 6:04 AM


A picture is indeed "worth a thousand words", a complex idea can be conveyed with a single still image. This quote also characterizes one of the main goals of visualizations, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly. In our perception of artworks we see every day, some get closer to our hearts than others. Imagine a painting, strong and powerful, technique showing an experienced, steady hand, needing nothing but a pair of eyes to enter one's sensitive soul. Are you satisfied with what you see? I wouldn't count on that, but I would be quite sure that after a while your head fills with numerous questions.

On the contrary, your favorite artist publishes their recent work and you, as always, immediately love it. If, however, you would allow your mind a little exercise, you could clearly see that if this work was shown to you at random, under different circumstances and you would not know the author, hardly would it catch your interest for a second.

What is important than, the picture or the context? I will let you decide for yourself, what I intend to mention in this article are a few tips for artists that can hardly understand why their wonderful artworks go around unnoticed. Meanwhile, I strongly hope these will help you on your way to become properly understood and recognized.



:bulletpurple: SIGN IT - In all your creations, you should always use one specific signature, the one that is readable by people. The importance of signing every artwork you make is clear, every time someone sees a piece of art they like, first question asked is "Who is the artist?" The answer needs to be there.

beware of  -  Signature so big and glaring that it puts the picture itself in the corner looks rather ridiculous.

 :bulletpurple:TITLE IT - This is very important, many artists does not bother with titles and their works end up either "untitled" or with numbers as if their creations were cups of coffee. Title says quite a lot about your perception of your own work - giving it a proper name establishes personal attachment, revealing part of its message, thought, idea.

beware of - Offensive and inappropriate titles, numbers, random letters.

:bulletpurple: DATE IT - Especially when the artwork you are presenting was made earlier and your style has developed ever since. By dating your works, you provide your audience a timeline in which they can follow your progress, development of your technique and subjects.

beware of - Providing a false information.

:bulletpurple: EXPLAIN IT - on DeviantArt we have an "artist description" window that gives you enough space for anything you would want to say about the artwork and I suggest you use it. Personally, nothing saddens me more than to see a wonderful artwork with blank and deaf description. Besides artwork commentary, you are welcome to mention your progress, was the work spontaneous or carefully planned, what thoughts command you to work this way, etc.

beware of - Overly long essays, inappropriate phrases but mainly indecent self-criticism - if you truly hate it so much, don't publish it.

:bulletpurple: PLACE IT IN A LARGER CONTEXT - What and who influenced you? What book were you reading, what music were you listening to? What was going on in your personal life? These questions seem to be too much, but often it is exactly a deep personal experience that leads you towards creating something unusual. If you dare to share it, you are on a good way to form a strong connection between your artworks and your audience.

beware of - Listing numerous insignificant events or publishing inside jokes nobody but you understands.

:bulletpurple: LIST THE INGREDIENTS - Techniques you've used shouldn't under no circumstances remain a mystery, make it transparent, list your tools consistently. Not only you will help starting artists and students by pointing them to the right direction towards a specific technique, but you will most likely avoid suspicions regarding origin of your artwork.

beware of - There is no need to list 20 graphite pencils you've used in your sketch one by one, your eraser or a tissue. As with everything, stick to the point.

:bulletpurple: BE - THERE - Publish your works continuously, give it time, be open for discussion and opinions. Write personal journals from time to time, if you like. People will start perceiving your work in a context of yourself, your thoughts and circumstances in which you create. Remember that a "familiar thing" is always seen differently than an unknown picture out of context.

beware of - Overdoing it.




What is your perception of thoughts mentioned in this article? How do you go around giving your artworks a title? Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself?


Write your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

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Dragona15 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I never gave it much thought about blank author's notes, but the way yo said it puts it in a whole different perspective.

I am guilty of posting things without words, too.... somedays I just don't know what to say and so I end up sharing what I have been doing instead :)
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Ceares Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm always afraid of being too talky and think, nobody really cares about my thoughts/process on this piece, be it art or writing. I guess I'll have to amend my thinking on this.
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MrTommaya Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Thanks, that was pretty much what i needed! =)
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pyro-pyscho Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Very, very helpful!
I will have to get better about all of these things...
:whoops: 
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Miss-Crystal-chan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh, I totally agree with all of this- ESPECIALLY the point concerning blank descriptions.

One, it gives me the impression that the artist thinks that they're so good that they don't need to say anything else. Two, it gives me the impression that maybe they're not the original artist, and that's why they can't say anything about how the piece was made what the inspiration to make it was. Three, it gives me the impression that the artist doesn't care enough... Well, if they don't care, then why should I?

Lovely article! I really enjoy reading about these kinds of topics! :D
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article - Things that seem to be either not important or so self-evident, that one seldom bothers to give it a thought.
It was about time, that somebody brought this to my attention :D
Thank you :iconjane-beata:!
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sun-lily Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you for this article. 
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mritunjay-singh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I gone through many PE articles today and I felt a bit relaxed and motivated in a way after reading artistic frustation, watercolours advantages and many more.. From above i recognised first point is mostly missing "signature" and last point too.. I am really not much good with words and feel lazy to write :)
In near future , i am going to be a good friend of watercolor as along with a coorporate job .. taking oil and realism pencil portraits are going to be out of touch sooner or later. Never got any art education nor read much of proper techniques , i just used to pick a paper and start doing watercolor .. many times it frustated me alot... but after reading many places and wet-in-wet techniques .. and MOST basic of all.. "preparing paper by soaking in water" is a very good part... i did few days ago by first time soaking water to paper .. and was relieved with lot of frustations and learned hell out of it.. I was always so wrong ... "as of family support for this- something similar i have gone through... as u mentioned in a comment somewhere... will tell you my story too :).. if u want" cheers!!
And afterall "PLEASE CRITICIZE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN on my artworks"
Thanks
-Mritunjay
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TheAveryChu Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting I may go back and give a more in-depth description on some of my artwork.
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AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Hmmm. This made aware of some things I haven't done with my own paintings. Granted, they are in my scraps, but I should have thought of signing them and such. I mean, they are signed and named on the back of the canvas, but that doesn't help the viewer.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
:huggle: My pleasure!
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorials have been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful article! :)
Context really matters, as I've seen lovely work but it ticks me a little when the description is sdshbgwgey.
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tips! I really hate it when artists leave "." in the description and I want to know how much time it took and what tools they used or a story background...

I'm guilty of the numbers one on my photography account for titles because that's how I sort my pictures. I have (estimated) 25,000-50,000 pictures on my hard drive and other various places and I have to keep it strait somehow. ^^;

Anyways, lovely article thanks for sharing :D
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well thought out article :)

If a title springs into my head then I use it. Sometimes it is a thought or feeling and at others more descriptive, occasionally a piece of work will be titled with a quote or line from a song. I find this is far easier when painting, drawing etc. but can be difficult with photography, especially if you photograph similar things a lot. bluebell 59 or sky 173 doesn't appeal to me much so I try to find something else or I would drive myself nuts lol

I have tried to publish fairly consistently, but life does not always allow it.
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MoonFey Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Such a helpful and lovely article! :dance:


:bulletpurple: What is your perception of thoughts mentioned in this article?

You have made a lot of great points that I really agree with, and will keep in my mind for the future, the one about signing the art, though, I am a little bit confused about and it is something that I personally been having some problems with since I started uploading art to DA. I have a signature that I have been using since my early teens, but as that signature is my real name I don't feel that comfortable having it up on the Internet and on the other hand writing an Internet name on the actual piece of art feels a bit odd to. Maybe you have some thoughts or advice about signing art for use both in and outside of the wast world wide web? :aww:


:bulletpurple: How do you go around giving your artworks a title?

The title usually comes to me while I paint and it is often something that describes the painting or the feeling around it. :meow:


:bulletpurple: Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself?

I don't have a scanner so unfortunately most of my paintings are just laying in a box. The few I have uploaded are pictures taken with my phone or scanned by a friend. But it has led me to make some attempts at digital art. :painter:


Thank you for the great article! :happybounce:
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H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you considered making Titles a Diary of Jane post?

I think you provided an amazing frame work, though. I know a lot of people who avoid titles because they aren't sure how to make them. So, you provided a good start that can help artists be creative and gives them an idea why titles are important.
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that saying what kind of a mood you're in when you create something can really affect how the work's perceived. For example, take a happy emoticon. If the creator was happy when making it, you think "Oh, they're happy and they want the world to know it!" But if they're sad when they made it, it adds a feeling of "I wish I could be happy right now, so I'll put on this mask" to it.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
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bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you for this beautiful article!!! :hug: :hug:

I agree with your suggestions: I often try to give my drawings a good title, and always put my signature and date :) To me, context is very important: I am an hobbyist, and in my drawings I always try to point out my feelings, fears, desires. I like to use simbolism from time to time, to express myself, my point of view. I'd like to study concept and simbolism more, to make them more effective.

And I feel the same when I watch other artists' artworks: a good artwork is good, technique and skills are important...but I noticed I'm more moved by artworks that speak to me...and titles and descriptions are very important, because they help me understand the artwork and find new deeper meanings in it. :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes indeed, that happens often and it shows how people think when "faving" artworks - thank you for reading & your comment (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very glad to hear that!
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is a good way to go around publishing, showing progress never tires your watchers (: Thank you for your comment :frail:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading the article :heart:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading & commenting (:

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your thoughtful comment and participation - indeed listing tools can sometimes decide about the artworks "destiny" around groups and nothing is better than making it clear.

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your generous input, Haley, as always it is most welcome (: I agree with what you've written here and this topic could of course be much wider than what I've covered in my article, you can see that my intention was not absolute precision but rather a small push towards certain direction.

As for titling works, I wouldn't dare to tell any artist how to name their work, when they can or cannot use numbers, letters, anything they wish to publish - this was meant rather as an impulse for those who tend to ignore further work around publishing their pictures. Inappropriate name still shows me the artist cares enough to name it. And again, it is the artist who decides if any of my advices is good enough to follow or not.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading & your comment (:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for reading (:
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow thank you for posting this, it was very helpful~ :D

Regarding the context Vs. picture, this was exactly what my thoughts were cycling the other day. I was browsing a well known artist's gallery and i couldn't help but notice the grand portrait of an animal received less views/ comments/ faves etc. than another work of theirs depicting characters from a fandom (both were outstanding nonetheless).

Have a nice day~
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And forgot to add. Thank you for writing this article. It made me think about my art.
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UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is your perception of thoughts mentioned in this article? I have to say, I agree with what has been posted here. I always hated finding work I really really like and nothing about it to put some context or something to relate too. I hate to admit I have done the same too. I will try to not do it again from now on!

How do you go around giving your artworks a title?Usually something related to the work or character, usually joking about the piece or something that happened during the creation.

Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself? I try to publish almost everything I do but only if I feel I learned something during the creation or if the piece means something to me. That is doodles do no longer find a way into my gallery unless itīs in the scraps.
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Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this article. it really annoys me when people barely put anything in their artist's comments. they don't understand how valuable artist's comments really are.
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vaunu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013

Wow! This is a great set of tips for me becoming an artist :)
Thanks for the details!
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
How do you go around giving your artworks a title?
I try to od something wity, or poetic, and failing that descriptive. I did a pratice piece, it got called colored rose. But a rose I spent a massive amount of time I gave the title By any name, in refence to the line A rose by any name is just as sweet.


Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself?
I post when I have something, even if it's just doodles, it's fun, and I like to see my own history.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LIST THE INGREDIENTS
Is one of the things I love most when people add, especially the people who paint so realistically it looks like a photo then I see it is a painting and just think 'wow'. Plus it does avoid the questions of 'what did you use' and often rejections from groups who don't believe the gallery you've placed it in (all coming from experience as I had someone once say on an old work 'no way this is markers' and every group submission after that got rejected from a traditional art gallery, so even now I keep at least one 'in progress' shot of each work just to prove it is should someone ask again. Though once I got rejected because I put in the description 'was inspired by a sketch I did at work on on a post-it' and they automatically assumed my fully coloured art was a sketch and rejected it.)

How do you go around giving your artworks a title?
I use sometimes a 'Category: Name' system if I can't come up with a descriptive title, e.g Cosplay: Character Name
Or if it is a gift/art trade the person it is for is in the title too.

Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself?
I publish, I figure it's my DevArt account I can put what I want, but I am super (hyper) conscious of regularity and what I am publishing, i.e. I'm a marker artist, so photography which I started with is rare because I tend to believe the people watching me only want marker related works.
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H-A-Cooke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"What is your perception of thoughts mentioned in this article?"

These are several key aspects that make art more noticeable. However, I will disagree about some of the cautionary advice you use in the "Title It" section.

Often, I come across works that have a title that doesn't fit at all. I think it may be helpful for you to add this bit of information:

There are proper times to use Numbers in Titles. The most common use of numbers in titles has to do with series of drawings, photographs, short fiction or poetry collections. If you must use Numbers, take care that you aren't skipping any, especially if your work being in a sequence is part of what tells the story.

If you do have a work that is "Untitled," make sure to explain your thought process in the Artist Description on deviantArt and to be open to other suggestions. However, don't feel forced to give the work a title you feel doesn't fit.

"How do you go about giving your artworks a title?"

I suppose the process is different for the art I post, or in the case of my Cosplay Photography Re-post. I will do my best to explain my thought process:

Poetry - Often, if a title doesn't come to be right away I call the poem "Untitled" and save the file on my computer with the Date of Creation in parentheses. Every word, including the Title, influences how a poem is read and perceived, so often I will post it as Untitled and ask for feedback.

Fiction - Typically, I only come up with a title after I have written a story or fiction piece. For some reason, I seem to become blocked if I create a title first. I feel the work must live up to the title, which is why I avoid naming fiction pieces immediately.

Photographs - I title the photographs I take by Location, Subject, Number. That way it becomes more obvious that the photograph came from a series rather than being randomly taken. But, I also find that using Location, Subject, Number also lets the photograph speak for itself rather than forcing the viewer to feel what I feel. I usually follow my photographs with questions about the photograph so I can get technique, style, and other advice to improve.

Cosplay Photography - Depending on which costume I am in, I try to name the series of photographs something interesting and then I use a series of numbers afterward.

FanArt - I call the FanArt depending on who I drew. Most of my fanart is requested or drawn as a birthday gift. I don't see a point in posting my older fan art as the quality isn't good.

"Do you have a habit of publishing continuously or keep your art to yourself?

I am trying to use deviantArt to showcase my best work and projects I am proud of. I've really gotten into using the online portfolio with my Premium Account.

In terms of writing I publish work in tandem with groups I'm in, rather than posting a lot of original work. Most of my poetry is work I hope to revise and publish on day! So, I'm keeping that to myself.

I post the fanfiction as a way to stay involved with the FanFiction community in general, but most of it on deviantArt is also connected to groups I am in.

Right now, I am focusing on quality, which is why I haven't published much in the last few months.

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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true :heart:
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Shango-ThunderStones Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. And thank you for posting it. Food for thoughts.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
I agree. :) I love it when artists talk a bit about their work in the descriptions. It makes it more interesting to me and makes me curious to talk to them. :D
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hadazuli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
you're welcomr :)
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oli-one Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Why wonderful works remain unnoticed? For me, many people do not take the time to look and to ask questions about .And dA is like the rest of life for to exist,it's necessary to have a network. The talent is not enough.(me, I have no problem, I did neither one nor the other:yum:)

This article is very interesting to recall the basics of the comunnication around a artwork...Thanks=)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading the article (:

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly, Diana (:

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jane-beata Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad to receive such feedback, thank you for reading (:
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hadazuli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
This was (most of all) a thing my mother thought me since I was able to wrigth or hold a pencil, but I think it is good to make other's remember, or even to remember oneself
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I really liked this article, I think more people should read it and organize their work in such a way that it's more understandable and easy to access and identify.
Great work, my dear jane :D
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Jsvn Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
no, thank you! great article
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