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CARCASS by mistertrece CARCASS by mistertrece
Ink, brush, kleenex and cotton on cardboard, 2 coffee, 1 cigarette. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS SONG WATCH THE IMAGE AND READING THE TEXT [link] IS THE 50% OF THE CONCEPT.

Decomposition (or rotting) is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word Τάφος taphos, meaning tomb.

One can differentiate abiotic from biotic decomposition (biodegradation). The former means "degradation of a substance by chemical or physical processes, e.g. hydrolysis. The latter one means "the metabolic breakdown of materials into simpler components by living organisms", typically by microorganisms.

A dead body that has been exposed to the open elements, such as water and air, will decompose more quickly and attract much more insect activity than a body that is buried or confined in special protective gear or artifacts. This is due, in part, to the limited number of insects that can penetrate a coffin and the lower temperatures under soil.
The rate and manner of decomposition in an animal body is strongly affected by several factors. In roughly descending degrees of importance, they are:

- Temperature.
- The availability of oxygen.
- Prior embalming.
- Cause of death.
- Burial, depth of burial, and soil type.
- Access by scavengers.
- Trauma, including wounds and crushing blows.
- Humidity, or wetness.
- Rainfall.
- Body size and weight.
- Clothing.
- The surface on which the body rests.
- Foods/objects inside the specimen's digestive tract (bacon compared to lettuce).

The speed at which decomposition occurs varies greatly. Factors such as temperature, humidity, and the season of death all determine how fast a fresh body will skeletonize or mummify. A basic guide for the effect of environment on decomposition is given as Casper's Law : if all other factors are equal, then, when there is free access of air a body decomposes twice as fast than if immersed in water and eight times faster than if buried in earth. Ultimately, the rate of bacterial decomposition acting on the tissue will be depend upon the temperature of the surroundings.

Colder temperatures decrease the rate of decomposition while warmer temperatures increase it.

The most important variable is a body's accessibility to insects, particularly flies. On the surface in tropical areas, invertebrates alone can easily reduce a fully fleshed corpse to clean bones in under two weeks. The skeleton itself is not permanent; acids in soils can reduce it to unrecognizable components.

This is one reason given for the lack of human remains found in the wreckage of the Titanic, even in parts of the ship considered inaccessible to scavengers. Freshly skeletonized bone is often called "green" bone and has a characteristic greasy feel. Under certain conditions (normally cool, damp soil), bodies may undergo saponification and develop a waxy substance called adipocere, caused by the action of soil chemicals on the body's proteins and fats. The formation of adipocere slows decomposition by inhibiting the bacteria that cause putrefaction.

In extremely dry or cold conditions, the normal process of decomposition is halted by either lack of moisture or temperature controls on bacterial and enzymatic action causing the body to be preserved as a mummy. Frozen mummies commonly restart the decomposition process when thawed, whilst heat-desiccated mummies remain so unless exposed to moisture.

The bodies of newborns who never ingested food are an important exception to the normal process of decomposition. They lack the internal microbial flora that produce much of decomposition and quite commonly mummify if kept in even moderately dry conditions.

A body buried in a sufficiently dry environment may be well preserved for decades. This was observed in the case for murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was found to be almost perfectly preserved over 30 years after his death, permitting an accurate autopsy when the case of his murder was re-opened in the 1990s.

There are some examples where bodies have been inexplicably preserved (with no human intervention) for decades or centuries and appear almost the same as when they died. In some religious groups, this is known as incorruptibility. It is not known whether or for how long a body can stay free of decay without artificial preservation.
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myjay Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, good job and nice style.
mistertrece Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dude!!!
A7XFan666 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Awesome :D
NIJMI3SKIJLL Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the image and the tracks go well in timing with the read. I read a little slow, but I imagine it plays right along to a normal reader. I also have a headache today, so reading off the computer hurts a little. Its almost like an amusement ride for your mind. Like walking thru a haunted house or a morbid wax museum... awesome
KellyNGin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Got to say this one is love at first sight...!!!
MissGrib Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome one !!!!!!!!!! :clap:... and sorry for not being very present, but you know I love your work :D
mistertrece Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dont worry, i understand it, but a comment from you always is a great new and i appreciate it so much!! So thank you my lady!
MissGrib Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Always a great pleasure my dear friend !!! :D
TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The effect of the one eye and the side fading into the darkness of the background just makes it so intense. Like he's trying so hard to stay but he knows he can't. I am really loving this one :D
mistertrece Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hell yes, its like im-im not here, ill slowly disappear... Thank you, lady!
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