With the new Afro Samurai Resurrection out, I thought well since everyone loves the original I'd go and revamp it; since with the original I feel it has alot of glaring flaws and it was only my 3rd ever digital painting.
What usually jumps to mind when people say not to abort because that fetus has so much potential to be the scientist who cures cancer!
Potential and what-ifs mean nothing.
Based on how often Dictator Kax suggests killing people (it's basically the punishment for everything), I can't imagine her dictatorship having a population over a billion (incidentally, if there were only 1 billion people on earth, we'd have enough resources to all live like Americans...).
It's a bit vague what Dictator Kax's contingency plan for the future of the empire is... Clone herself, most likely.
Personally, I don't think school uniforms are a bad idea aside from when it involves mandatory skirts for girls or when the uniforms are ludicrously expensive... But I also have an obsession with uniforms so I'm totally biased.
Also, cool dictators have cool uniforms. Evil bastards are always cooler when they make everyone dress snappy!
Also, a proportion of any given population is stupid enough to follow anything they deem attractive and forgive all its flaws... Like Edward Cullen and any villain that gets Draco in Leather Pants treatment.
But the one argument against uniforms that always pissed me the hell off is "MY KID CAN'T EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN UNIFORMS!"
Apparently you have a child who is incapable of human speech, is a talentless hack who cannot do anything of interest, and has no personality outside of wearing products that commercials and peer pressure tell him to buy. GREAT KIDS.
Because rarely are the people who cite self-expression talking about shirts their kid personally made, it's always some raunchy shirt they bought or those stupid rubber band bracelets that schools think are the workings of Satan (but for some esoteric reason, never ban rubber bands) or whatever "scandalous" thing is popular at the moment with them young whippersnappers.
Though I can totally support going against the more insipid things schools have gone against. Like when kids get suspended because nail clippers are clearly part of some nefarious terrorist plot or when schools have rules against "gang colors" but then "gang color" gets defined as something nebulous like ANY SHADE OR AMOUNT OF RED. GANGS CAN'T OWN RED. It's even more baffling when the school's mascot color is... red... O_o HOW DOES THAT WORK?! Though McDonald's says it owns red and yellow (and the name McDonald) and will sue your ass over it. T-Mobile also thinks it owns magenta and will also sue your ass over that magenta square.
...this is why lawyers will all be shot when I'm a dictator.
Villains are notoriously bad at getting people to work for them in way that don't backfire, if the heroes nearly never having to deal with 10000000000 now-unemployed henchmen is any indication... y'know, I'm surprised this doesn't break the economy... The Great Depression saw a 20%-ish unemployment rate so I'm going to assume 20% of the population out of work is enough to cause problems for a nation. And considering how pervasive the villain's forces tends to be, I'm going to assume they're the size of those "too big to fail" type companies, if they're not a kingdom of evil on its lonesome. Though maybe this is less of a problem if the villain's henchmen aren't human because humans are racist like that and you can kill monsters with reckless abandon and get away with it and goblins, orcs, demons, zombies, ghosts, and succubi don't seem to get/need a living wage beyond "rape and pillage" Though to be fair, many historical armies considered "rape and pillage" as a soldier's wage bonus... IT'S NOT WAR UNLESS YOU'VE GOT A SOUVENIR! Soldiers love souvenirs.
Though even with coercing people, there's limits to the coercion. They're supposed to be scared of you, not actively working against you or being intentionally negligent when you're not looking.
Well, coercing people into hard labor doesn't seem that hard since you can use a normal not badass person so they can't be that powerful... but coercing people who are significant quantities of badass... >_> that's treading on thin ice.
Anyway, "health insurance" might be a really stupid running gag.
Though considering that KaxenLand is a bit on the crapsack side, comprehensive insurance that isn't a scam would probably be a good idea.
Though on account the KaxenLand education system is built on brainwashing children...
Though not killing animals on account of them being intelligent makes me wonder where the cut-off is. O_o
IMO, the only time we should lay off eating an animal is when we know it is endangered. Because we stupid humans are supposed to have a concept of future and how killing all the fish today means there's none for tomorrow.
According to me, the cuttlefish and the octopus are the more admirable creatures that end up on my dinner plate. Well, pigs are smart, but pigs don't fill me with awe... or look like Chtulhu.
Though considering that Kaxen's dictatorship has soylent green... I don't think the intelligence factor really helps.
Yet another case of overcoming artistic block at the eleventh hour. Only on this occasion it was NOT too late to finish it in time. I mean, I had to pretty much do this in one sitting, but what the hell, sleep is over-rated. What with its comfort adddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd... I'M AWAKE!
I went into this expecting something pretty similar to what I've done for past Fourth of July's. Something with fireworks, and probably a swimsuit and stars and stripes theme. Maybe an Uncle Sam hat. But I couldn't get excited about any of that. I'm not sure what gave me the idea to try an American Revolution theme, but I fell in love with the idea and ran with it.
Or at least I would've, but that's where the artistic block hit me! I couldn't get anything to look right. And even though it was NOT what I wanted to do with the holiday so quickly approaching, I did the only thing you really CAN do when one of those nasty blocks hits you. I put it aside and tried again at a later time. And damned if it didn't work. That time it just came naturally for me. And with [barely] sufficient time to finish it up.
And I absolutely love how it turned out. This will make my list of personal favorites for sure (how many times have I said that? It feels like I've said that a lot).
But I think the coats look really cool, I love the backdrop (it's a scan of the Declaration of Independence, but I tooled around with it a little. Luckily, that's not a copyrighted document. That or Thomas Jefferson will rise from the dead and sue me.) and the flag looks really nice there.
Finally, I made them bare-legged because, well, come on! It's ME! Of course I'd do that! If it helps, they're wearing white leotards, not panties. For some reason, that makes it seem a lot less... something. I can't think of the appropriate word. When I haven't slept, I get kinda... stupid... and take long, rambling roads to simple thoughts.
SO, I think I shall take my leave now, and try to nap for a couple hours before I head to my aunt and uncle's for the day. I hope you enjoy this!