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Something a little darker, a little more personal, after all the bright and colorful stuff I did recently.
One thing that really bothers me about our culture is the way war is not just played down, but almost glorified. We're all a part of it, actually guys like me might be the main offender. Videogames like CoD and GoW are essentially a form of pornography, and I find it honestly worrying that one of the most terrible things humanity has brought on itself is handled in a way that makes it seem attractive - this is what I tried to put into this image. I'm not sure as to what way is the best to make a point - show it clearly? But people are desensitized and might even think it's awesome, hurr hurr all the gore that's cool man. No, it's not fucking cool. So, say the opposite instead? It might be misunderstood or seen as pretentious. Hurr hurr, you just want to paint a sexy chick yourself and then afterwards say you put thought into it.
Hard to say. Perhaps I should just keep my mouth shut and just be an observer, not a commentator. It seems that until the start of the 20th century, at least painters have done that, most of the time. But wouldn't that be backing out of responsibility? I don't know. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes a point is more clearly made by using as few words as possible.
Understanding the world sure is difficult haha.
I actually finished this a couple of days ago already, but I wanted to let it rest for a little to see if I want to change anything aaaand because I've been doing this tutorial!
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I like how the face is covered and it makes me wonder what she is. Is she representing Death (or war) itself, the unknown and faceless? Or is she the warrior who believes in the concepts of 'patriotism, war, 'the greater good', 'protecting one's country', but is unable to look those she kills in the eye? She has to cover her face so she doesn't see that they might not be so different from her. Or she knows they're not, but feels its her duty to kill anyway.
I think she might be the former. I think humans are inherently a war-like species. We thrive on conflict. Hell, even stupid crap like comments on Youtube or this very DA page show that people LIKE to fight and argue, they like to have something to hate and fight against. But I suppose it's a trait that could be 'cured' or 'watered down' in the very least... some people are of course, more violent then others and some are more passive. I wonder if a generation of human could actually be bred to be more docile by only 'breeding' the non-violent? Oh the story ideas... LOL
Sorry for rambling on so much. But fantastic picture... it made me think and I'm sure that was the point!
good points there; it's an excellent ramble.
Superb! Magnificent! Well done.
I hate and love how we can´t see her eyes,imagining that if one would see them,even only through this painted picture he/she would immediately die in a shock for a human being couldn´t stand the gaze..Dunno,I find some nice symbolism in this idea.
I can´t completely share the idea you´re trying to transport since I´m quite aware of war still being a neccessary function of (human)life,just as forms of it, in more primitive ways,have always been,not only amongst humans.
Videogames addressing the topic aren´t to be demonized for what they depict imho since they simply follow ancient biological instincts,especially in younger males.Still,a real war is something no human being should have to live through,on whichever side,but I´m convinced that in fact real physical wars are a thing that humanity is just getting over,while those in the cybernetic world will increase and render real bloodshed unneccessary.
Unfortunately a 100% peaceful world would mean strong,very strong suppression in wide parts of the world as long as there still are human monkeys running around,convinced that they have to fight anyone with a different opinion about just another monkey god.
...The symbolism is so beautifully epic.
I completely understand your quandary though. Having her walk through a field of carnage and bodies might seem triumphant instead of horrible.
One idea would be to have her pass through an endless field of gravestones, maybe with different designs to show the passing of time and the many different wars. Personally, one experience that really got me thinking was visiting one of those military cemeteries, and seeing, I don't know, fifty thousand, or how many, gravestones drives home a point that a statistic cannot, the sheer SCALE of that much suffering. Not sure if an image could convey that in the same way, though.
Not sure if this covers the exact same thought, but I was immediately reminded of the lyrics when reading your thing:
Following that thought, it might be an idea to depict her as withered and old, to show that war is an ancient, ancient thing. Then again, that would attempt to show war itself rather than the seductiveness of it's glorification.
yes, Yes and HELL YEAH.
may find a way to make this message clearly and distincly heard....
Then may probably get arressted for an improable reason... as the world of today
goes for rejecting its pretexes
as the matter of fact,animals will never stop fight,human is animal,we can not keep peace,no one can.it is in our gene,that is one of sorrow
thankyou so so sooo much.... you have no idea what this image means to me. i see my alter ego in this image, and im sure im not the only one.
sorry if i bore you with huge chunks of text but I didn't want to simply say you're incorrect and not give an argument as to why.
Pornography is the representation explicit sexual activity :')
NOW... taking back the serious issue of ur artwork meaning as always as violence, gore, war stays only in fiction an not in reallity It can b enjoyable... coz noone is being harmed for example: u can love war movies, police thriller movies were there r always a killer; but that doesnt mean u wont react with disgust b4 a real killer, with sadness b4 war, abuse etc. thats the way I see it... peace
It felt like reading religious books or perhaps reading an encyclopedia =-=
I guess you should not bother reading this (I wouldn't if I'm you)
1.This is a beautiful artwork (typical comment)
2.Your description created a controversy (yeah you knew this too)
Guess making some art with meaning is hard. But it is interesting how each people look at them differently. That's why a picture is worth 1000 words! (waaaay cliched phrase)
I can not draw as well as you can (not even in my dreams!)
But I would like to point one thing, the sword. Assuming light rains down from the front, top left corner (where i think it comes from), shouldn't the sword region nearer to her be dark and further from her be bright? Because either she or her wing would block the light. Perhaps her reflection will appear on the sword or her wing's.