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Commissioned: How did I do today? by Colourbrand Commissioned: How did I do today? by Colourbrand
"...she arrived at the centre late, because of her contempt at the reason.

A few days ago, she was serving in a coffee shop, when some over-demanding old woman, complained about the quality of a scone or something  just as trivial.

She did her job, reported the issue to her boss, and was told to tell the customer that, that was all there was, to which the old woman gave an impertinent response, and then left.

She then discovered that the establishment backed the old woman - she was  the mother to some influential somebody.

To her shock, she then received a demand to go to the Centre of Political Correction; her employer would not re-employ her, unless she obeyed.

It was not her fault, but as is typical of the society, she was made to feel like it was, and that angered her. Yet she needed the job, so off she went, albeit late; her way of a protest.

The moment she entered the building, fear gripped her. It was ultra-modern, and there were armed guards, dubbed the "happy police", due to their sinister 'kind' mantra and the fact their masks look like smiling faces.

Going to the front desk, she was met by a woman with a sinister plastic grin. She notified the freakish receptionist who she was and so forth, to which the smiling creep check and then tut.

"You are late! That is not good!" The receptionist smiled onwards however, despite her eyes contradicting the expression. "That way!"

The girl followed the pointed finger and still eyed the receptionist; her smile was forced, and that concerned her.

She entered a dark corridor, and was the confronted by a woman in a white lab coat, with a massive data pad in her possession, but no grin.

Again she explained her attendance; the woman nodded and waved a hand for her to follow.

She entered a vast room that was poor in lighting but bright enough to show up the area; she gasped at what she saw.

In the centre, sat a machine; it looked downright evil, all grills and chrome, tall and dominant. At one end, she could see other lab technicians, and on a  ramp, ordinary people were plodding into a cubical connected to this mechanism.

Surrounding the place were guards - the infamous Happy Police - so-called because of their face-masks.

To her horror, she then saw another cubical open up, and out walked people from all walks of life, dressed in a single grey fatigue, and each wearing a yellow mask, with a happy face.

She realised what the hell was going on, and she was going to leave; a guard confronted her with a raised gun. The technician who guided her here, smiled and showed her to a cubical.

As she plodded to the receptical, she could see above a wall, shadowy figures watching...

She entered the cubical; the door rose and removed all the light.

That was the last thing she remembered.

At the coffee shop, the old woman returned and asked for service; she attended the old woman, and smiled a ferocious smile. Something in her mind tingled at why this woman was familiar.

All she could do however was take her order, and then ask:

'How did I do today?"


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Yet another idea from the mind of :iconseasiderock:

This was inspired by a new and sinister idea that are appearing in shops - a ratings button. With my friend, it was a questionnaire on the performance of the staff - and as you guess, it rates from Happy smiley face to sad face.

As if the employed has enough on their plate.

My friend asked me to come up with an image on that cruel concept.

This is it.

I made it in the form of a machine, a way to make those with any will or individuality, more oppressed!

When finished, this reminded me of something out of the original Total Recall...

The watching figures were again inspired by my friend :fear:

Also an excuse to do more people and settings.

Oh, and to feature the Happy Police again....

Comments and feedback most welcome :)

Be afraid ;)
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:iconrobcaswell:
RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Creepy! I like to have my moments of sadness. It makes me human!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh God yes ;)

Cheers sir :D
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely rendered sir! what scares the life out of me is this IS coming into being and much sooner than we want. the "happy" button in shops is just the tiny tip of the iceberg my friend small and insignificant just so you do not really take notice at first then BAM the machine and everyone yelling where the hell did that come from I don't remember authorizing it..........yes you did with the button.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh God yes...it is the beginning of a cruel and totalitarian ideology, all dedicated to profit and control....

And yes, we don't see it coming until - BAM!!!

Well said sir - wise words so well said :)
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crusher-777 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Did some Stormtroopers need a part-time job?? Confused 

Either way good work as always!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe ;) after all, they need a job too :D

Pleasure you cheeky so-and-so :lol:
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:iconseasiderock:
SeasideRock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Do storm troopers get customer feedback too? "very efficient, but they should smile more often" :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah ;) :lmao:

Cheeky ;)
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:iconseasiderock:
SeasideRock Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017
Woah. I will see this image every time I pick up one of those sinister little cards at the shop counter that ask me "how was my attitude today....?" It makes me feel like rebelling against every big brother email that comes through from every store asking me to fill in a customer service feedback form. "Yeah your staff are great isn't it about time you cut YOUR profits, increased THEIR salaries and abolished those damn zero hours contracts?? Oh, and here's a picture by my mate to show you what I really think of this feedback culture....much love, have a nice day." :D cheers mate I feel like a protest poem has to follow.....
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!!!!

The stirring begins ;)

Cheer my friend :D
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VikingFox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Capitalism to a tea! :D

"We hate slavery, it is detestable, awful, and deplorable to treat a human being like property. ....Until you pay them, then use that as an excuse to treat them like slaves all you want!"

A deep-thought piece, obviously! I like it! :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright - great words sir - very great words :D

And yes, we object to slavery until we have to pay folk a decent wage and that is when the critics go silent ;)

Well said sir, well said :D
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:iconvikingfox:
VikingFox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed on all levels
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:iconmetastability13:
Creepy.... Thought police anyone?
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sort of - just not mobile yet ;)

Cheers sir :D
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Metastability13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Cheers!
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:icondonaldbrent:
DonaldBrent Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freaky... :O I love the idea, and the image is lovely, in a terrible, horrifying way!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D:D:D:D Thank you sir :) that is music to my ears :D
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:icondonaldbrent:
DonaldBrent Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've done far too much retail work to not be horrified by this! :nod:
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: and :nod: and :nod: and :nod:
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
It's a sleek and very creepy image. This scene makes me think of a Doctor Who comic story. The fourth Doctor found himself in a place where all emotion was suppressed. And yes, be afraid! I know there are people out there ready to hand out unhappy buttons just to do it.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed...and hey Google, FarceBook and shit are close; all we need is someone to do it - and I see it coming :fear:

Cheers sir :D
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andragadesign Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ahhaha.... looks like the republican senate.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or Democrat ;)

Cheers sir :D
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:iconandragadesign:
andragadesign Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
either way... we all go in thinking we are unique and come out feeling like, well, the same.

we all want to be different, just like everyone else.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And we must be different!! We must!!

Otherwise...what are we?

Cheers sir :D
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:iconvikingfox:
VikingFox Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You made my day! Haha
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andragadesign Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
glad i could... lol!
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
Well, could be worse. The ruling classes could simply placed drugs in the food and water. And have subliminal messages in all the mass media. 

Of course, what if someone decides to hack into this form of control...

Congrats, welcome to the Matrix ver. 0.1...;) (Wink) 
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but hey, where's the fun in not having a ring side seat ;)

Cheers my friend :D
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ArthurRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional General Artist
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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:iconnight-forager:
Night-Forager Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017   General Artist
I agree with the Doc...

Awesome work, as always! Very creepy and disturbing. Loved the story that came with it.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - be afraid :)
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DrOfDemonology Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Professional Writer
What that thing needs is a big giant 'SPLOSION! :happybounce:
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmm........;)
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:iconomega-the-24th-wixon:
Omega-the-24th-Wixon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me a bit of Metroplex.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:?
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Omega-the-24th-Wixon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
City Form (The one that resembles the image)
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Robot Form (Because he is a Transformer.)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh that!!! Blimey!!! That takes me back!

Thanks for the trip into nostalgia!
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