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Hopefully I'll finish this sometime, I forgot to stick in Orpheus's lyre...
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Character design
Client: ~Concept-Art-House
Medium: Photoshop CS
Personal favorite: G-3
Date: Early 2009

The client choose 'G' from the 7 concepts in the previous post. They wanted to see more frightening aspects in the head, and these are the concepts.

Personally, G was my least favorite. It was the most uninteresting concept out of the 7. These head concepts made it a bit more interesting though.
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info: [link]
owner: ShinyObsessed@fa
gifted from: sunlit.rains@fa
Medium: photoshop cs5
Price: $25

The shading was done to make up for my delay in delivery.

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Streaming Sketch commissions closed? Well feel free to go with a 24hr sketch → [link] , or better yet, a characo sketch! → [link] Open indefinitely!
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taker: vexinglyyours@fa
medium: sai
request:
Music request
song: [link]
Client's character
price: $15

Did a bit extra for all commissions this session.
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Streaming Sketch commissions closed? Well feel free to go with a 24hr sketch → [link] , or better yet, a characo sketch! → [link] Open indefinitely!
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Model: Diego
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Model: :iconanyeluriel:
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Model: Juan Manuel
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"Of transformation, unseen relics, and half-dreamed memories."


Antique skeleton key, bound with hand sculpted antiqued brass & titanium- oxidized silver hued wire, adorned with iridescent glass star & flower beads and a sprinkling of tiny gears.

Pendant measures 3" tall, including bail, and .5" across at widest point.

Presented on a blue ribbon necklace with lobster clasp.
Other ribbon colors, or oxidized silver or antiqued brass finish chain available upon request.
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By day, They are most ordinary. Should the glamour falter, iridescence edged wings flash before you...

Clay wing focal, adorned with pearls and flowing antiqued brass and antiqued copper artistic wire.

Pendant measures 2.75" long by 1.5" across, and is presented on a honey-bronze ribbon necklace.
Other ribbon colors available upon request.
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"Of transformation, unseen relics, and half-dreamed memories."


Antique skeleton key, bound with hand sculpted gunmetal artistic wire, adorned with a vintage button, glass flower, leaf and faceted beads in hues of powder blue and periwinkle.

Pendant measures 3.75" tall, including bail, and 1.25" across at widest point.

Presented on a light blue shimmery ribbon necklace with lobster clasp.
Other ribbon colors, or oxidized silver finish chain are available upon request.
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Sketchbook
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Self Portrait as Prometheus Bound
Ink on Watercolor Paper

11.5x13.5in
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Sunset or The Descent of Apollo into the Fathomless Pits of Tartarus

20x30inches

Ink on board

Atty Alex Rivera Acquisition

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Down You Go
Poetry By Gromyko Semper

Down you Go Mighty Apollo
Down to the pits you go
Down your rays of Light,
down your beautiful sight;

Down you go lovely Apollo,
take that Chameleon with you,
Down to Tartarus where darkness awaits you,
Thou shalt have no more Halo;

Down O high and Proud Apollo,
thy erect and proud staff must go,
down where no light shalt thou see,
down underneath True God's Feet;

Down like the setting of the Sun,
Thine Luciferal Light put Down,
Down shall thou be bounded in Pitch-black,
Thou shall never be allowed to come Back
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The Minotaur's Recompense

32x40inches
ink on board

The Minotaur's Recompense





Vicente-Ignacio Soria de Veyra on Gromyko Semper’s The Minotaur’s Recompense:



It is easy to dismiss Gromyko Semper's The Minotaur's Recompense as just another craftsman's artisanal ink rendering of an archaic literary or political myth. A second look, however, would remind one of Picasso's variations on the Minotaur as symbol of the pampered figure of a civilization (in his earlier etchings) as well as the expressionless witness of civilizations' carnages (as in his Guernica mural).



For his own Minotaur painting, Semper uses a title that would allude more to Giorgio de Chirico's The Soothsayer's Recompense, which was essentially a painting about Ariadne left by Theseus in the Minotaur's Labyrinth.



Consider the possibility that de Chirico's painting is as political as Guernica and was probably an allusion (prophetic, too, having been painted in 1913) to men's wars (World War I started in 1914) where women's sacrifices get the recompense of the loot. After being left by Theseus on the island of Naxos in the slain Minotaur’s Labyrinth, Ariadne marries the god of feasts and luxury, Dionysus. Dionysus and the new lair were therefore Ariadne’s recompense for aiding Theseus in the latter's quest to murder the Minotaur. In de Chirico's painting, it would seem that Theseus boarded a train (in the background) for, say, Germany and left Ariadne for Dionysus to pick up.



In Semper's version, however, it's the Minotaur who is compensated. But here the puzzle begins. Visually the ink painting is already quite a puzzle, literally puzzling as well as referentially. Referentially, is the figure above the lying Minotaur the figure of Theseus, or is it the Minotaur's own double? Are Theseus and the Minotaur one? Did Theseus, in this painting, end up as the Minotaur's lover? Is the figure above holding a weapon or a lollipop? If that's not Theseus, is it Dionysus? Is it Ariadne, who in this gay-baiting suspicious question may be deemed as "really a man"?



Contextually, a symbolic question would be: if in Semper's mythology it's the Minotaur who won, and his recompense becomes Theseus or Dionysus or Ariadne, what political allusion—if any—is Semper pushing? If the Minotaur is as much a symbol of an evil ruler luxuriant in his Labyrinth as of religiosity (as in Guernica, worshipped by the figure of a genuflecting woman), who is Semper referencing? Your guess is as good as mine, but one thing for sure: this is no baroque interpretation of religious figures but a rococo playfulness which could be a product of either a savage artistic irreverence or serious iconoclastic anger. Take a hint from the Sun in the background, who either has his tongue or a whistle dangling from his mouth.



This is no simple illustration. For it would seem that Semper is open to a further twisting of this, his own twisting upon Picasso’s and de Chirico’s twisting of a perpetually twistable theme.
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Colored markers ✚ pencils ✚ photoshop
2011
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watercolors + colored pencils on paper
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Done for the Marine Curiosities series [link]

colored pencils, watercolors, digitally processed
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this was going to be one of the visiting card.
but i just can't put the text on it.

I really like it as it is.
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moleskin 007
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from my moleskin
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getting closer!
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