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June 01: Benjamin Linus by Buuya June 01: Benjamin Linus by Buuya
The Lostie-a-Day-a-Thon : [link]

Every day in June, I'll be drawing a different character. It seemed fitting to start off with a bang, and with one of the most intriguing characters on television.

Why, Benjamin Linus, of course!

I fell in love with Ben (er, Henry) the moment he bled and sobbed his way onto the screen. There was something about his pointy features and piercing eyes that seemed too normal to be anything but devious and cunning. Oh, and the tragic tales and twists of fate, and the moment he stepped forth as the leader, and how we all knew his trickery and yet wanted (or were compelled) to be taken by it. Oh, I loved him from the start...

He's a character that makes the most out of his centric episodes, too. The rare looks into his past and future provide some of the most compelling moments on Lost... who can forget young Ben standing face to face with Richard, or adult Ben smirking oh-so-subtly as he walked away from a grieving Sayid, or a sobbing Ben closing the eyes of his murdered daughter, whose fate he signed?

He's ambiguous, he's ominous and fragile and badass, he's human and 'other' and just a bit alien about the eyes... he can take a punch (and has, on several occasions) yet bruises quite tastefully, he can be ruthless and sympathetic and devastated and vile and murderous and manipulative and broken and sweet and infatuated and a cooker of hams, and you can believe him in any face he happens to be wearing.

Is he a good guy? A bad guy? Is he telling the truth, or is everything a lie? Who is the real Ben?

Played to perfection by the always talented Michael Emerson, Ben is one of my favourite reasons to tune into Lost. Season 5 should hold some interesting twists and turns for Ben, and I can hardly wait. A pessimistic voice within has already convinced me that he won't survive, but I hope he at least goes as a dignified and resolved hero.

At the end of the day, I believe he is a good guy, despite all the evil he has done. Is he just a good liar, or do you believe it too?

Do you like Ben? If so, why? What do you think the next season holds in store?

Oh, and on a final note... what an oddly sexy man. Seriously. :D

Photoshop + tablet, speedpaint (about an hour)
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Genisc Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016
Ahaha he looks like a rat :)
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justsomenut626 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Benjamin Linus aka the Human Punching Bag.

Your girlfriend leave ya? Take it out on Ben!
Too much work? Punch Ben and pretend he's your boss!
No one understands you? Beat the crap out of Ben!
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5uzyD4wg Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
That little bug-eyed bastered. D:<
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uppitycracker Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mind telling me how you're so damn good at drawing the LOST cast? I'm kidding, but these are all great, The Lostie A Day A Thon was a stroke of genius...
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mugglebornprincess Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
what a great pic!
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Trekkie4077th Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
This picture has inspired a lot of my art, as well as made me want to stalk Micheal Emerson.
I often like using the style of noses you draw.
I feel like a stalker now.
>_>
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SparrowsoandoSnapes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I like that description, "Bruises quite tastefully." Very well put. Two thumbs up.
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rimorob Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Of course Ben has to be first. I agree with everything you say. Every. Single. Word. You describe Ben perfectly, and way more eloquently than I ever could.
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Expressified Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
I don't understand why nobody likes Ben. as you said, he is very oddly sexual. and by oddly, i mean extremely. There is something in his calm twisted features that just makes you want to tackle him. ;)
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margotdent Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
"Oh, and on a final note... what an oddly sexy man."

I thought I was the only one. It's true!
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wolfet Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I'm pretty sure the closest we ever got, or WILL ever get, to seeing the real Ben died when Sayid shot that little kid in the jungle. The Ben we see in all other scenes is one giant ball of angst and opposites and a whooole lotta crazy thrown in. And that is probably why we love him so much. He's just a fantastically realized character.

It's a good thing Lost HAS so many great characters, because otherwise we'd have all probably given up on it ages ago.
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snurtz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Student Writer
I think that was the most freaking amazing artist's comment I have ever seen. :worship:
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iman-air Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
LOVE IT! and i love ur avatar too! lol
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seesnapefly Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
Let's just hope that he doesn't get anti-clamacticaly offed by anti-Jacob/Locke and left in the foot leaking memory-juice tears only to be found by a Lostie he hates and die in their arms.

Because the Snape parallels I see in Ben are pretty crazay. Or maybe I'm just crazy.
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Ponytails-For-Peri Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
this looks EXACTLY like him. my 5 year old bro was walking past the comp and goes "is that the creepy guy from Lost?" xD

awesomeness <3 love his woundss. ben just doesn't look like ben without his face beaten to a bloody pulp.
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hpholo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! Ben is one of the reasons why I've stayed with LOST so long, even when the plots became so convoluted that I wanted to give up on it. I love him because he's such an intensely well-written and perplexing character; it's genuinely hard to say whether he is a good guy or a bad guy, just because every time he shows a little shred of humanity, he seems to do something else that totally negates it! :XD: He's one of the mysteries that improves the show, I think, rather than one that makes it periodically irritating, like the others.

If he dies, I hope he gets a better death than the other main characters that have been picked off. Boone, Charlie, and Juliet had good deaths (and Jin, when he was still dead), but I felt annoyed, not sad, when most of the others died.

Great pic, by the way. I love the little splashes of pink. It's a color that I really wouldn't associate with Ben, but it works. :lol:
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injirika Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I love Benjamin Linus/ Michael Emerson!
I think he's really misunderstood, that's all.. I mean if you think about what he has been through, and what he has done.. I know you can't say he's an angel or a saint or something, but most of the things he has done has been done for a reason, right? Like killing his father.. Or Jacob - He was just begging for him to do that! And if you think about it he really hasn't killed that many people!.. Sure he has manipulated some people like Sayid to kill some for him, but he didn't force them to do that! And something that most people forget is that he DOES good deeds as well, for example - savin' Alex, Danielle, Sayid, Juliet and probably some more that I just can't think of right now. So that's why I think of him - not like a saint, but like a character who's just really misunderstood!

Oh! and I like your artwork! :)
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Ectoplasm82 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I know in my heart that dearest Ben's story will end in his death. But I hope he goes out in a friggin blaze of glory, at least on the same scale of epic as Charlie's death.



yep.
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aizou-blue Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Haha, Ben fan much?

Who could resist his mystery and wonderful nose and sarcasm and mean ham-cooking skills???
NO ONE. GAH. :ohnoes:
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OrbasVoltan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Writer
Suits perfect to Ben. I can only imagine him with blood on his face. ^_-
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arboresque Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Your LOST fanart is my favorite of the fanarts! Your painting technique is just so beautiful and soft; I love the muted colors in this one.

I'm lookin forward to the rest of your drawins, but Ben definitely holds a special place in my heart, lizard-eyes and all. Lack of Michael Emerson will be the hardest part of the hiatus for me, I predict, for all of the reasons you described so well.
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Gir-shall-rule Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
I love that man. D: And, yes. He does bruise nicely. xD I can't remember an episode where he isn't bleeding. Whoo! o3o btw, Season 6 is next. D: Not 5.
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist
I don't know if he's good or evil- but he's ALWAYS interesting.

and chock full of sarcasm. I like sarcastic characters :)
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MarkLovingHobbit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student General Artist
hmmmmmmm
hmmmmmmm
I do wonder what will happen now that he has stabbed Mr. Jacob
maybe Jacob will heal himself.........:O

will Richard and Desmond be among those you draw :)
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three-planes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I should watch Lost. It'd be a lot of ground to cover, though... :lol:
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Elocinaqui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it's worth it, believe me.
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Dreamless-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Writer
He really is sexy, isn't he? And the weird thing about it is that I normally would never be attracted to creapy men older than men. But he really just is irresistable.
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you did Ben first; he's the best! I like how you bloodied him up in the picture. I don't know how he pulls it off, but that man looks GOOD beaten. He can take it so well.
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cruxio Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Awesome Benry as usual! I love your elaborate description too, it really encompases the Benry-ness. "Oddly sexy" is the perfect set of adjectives. In an ABC interview with Michael Emerson, it was his personal hope that Ben would be redeemed in some way...a clue to season 6? Let's all hope so.
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nullcherri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
lovin sassy ben!
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JaxzDice Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My freakin' computer froze last night as I was finishing my unsaved June 1st, so I'll just have to do two today.
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ShamsArts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
coool!!
a lost member every day?? really?? >___<
I can't waaaait ;)
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LS-chan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome picture of beat up Ben! A face he seems to have alot!
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Xenowar Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Yay! Ben art! Instant fav!
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LuluVonFaustus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Your picture is awesome (It seriously seems like he's watching you from inside the computer.)
Ben is easily one of the best characters. I especially love all his snippy little one-liners. So fantastic.
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Leonca Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Those eyes… :fear:
He is now my official favorite character, ever since I lost track of what on earth was going on with Locke. :XD: I think he would best be described as an anti-villain. He probably deserves to have something really horrible happen to him in the end, but I would be sad to see him go.
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Lealta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I completely agree with everything you've said here. :D Poor dear Ben... he really has gotten a lot of beatings. I do think he's going to end up dead, but I also think they'll make him at least an anti-hero and show that he's been working for the good side (whether that's Jacob or not-Locke) all along. One of my many LOST-nightmares, though, is that it'll turn out that he was working faithfully for one side, thinking he was doing the right thing... and it turns out he was actually serving evil, in which case he'd die a heroic death to redeem himself. Now they've kinda already done that with Jacob's weirdly kind blow-off in the finale, so I kinda think they won't go there. Maybe Jacob wanted Ben to kill him, but Ben couldn't know it? I don't know... Whatever happens, he better have a worthy ending scene.

"Oh, and on a final note... what an oddly sexy man. Seriously." THANK YOU I thought I was the only one who thought that. <3
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fancylances Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009   Writer
You are not the only one who thinks this.

Join us. Join the Legion.
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Lealta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Is there a Legion?? Where can I find it?! <3
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fancylances Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Writer
We are everywhere.
We are nowhere.



Nah, we're just all over the place. I don't think there is an actual Legion. Just letting you know you are not crazy :D
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Lealta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Excellent. :D <3
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tommy-tonebender Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Ben fanart is always lovely~ Great use of color in this one.

And that description! You just summed up all the all reasons I love him much better than I ever could.

Ahh! I was out all day and totally forgot that today was the first day of June! Gotta get working on this!
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ammeyellah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
This is great. THIS IS GREAT.
I love the bloody spatters on his face and his eyes and yayyy this is amazing.
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A new lost member every day!!!! Tis to good to be true! :) Cant wait :)
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socke-scheusal Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
gorgeous benry! what an amazing version of him... and what an awesome prospect for the month DDDx this is something to intensely look forward to every day! and that sure is a hardcore bang you started out with
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QueenDragonLeaf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I have a love-hate kind of feeling for Benny--he makes me so confused D:

Both feelings are for all the same reasons you love him though XD
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you drew his expression... he looks so perfectly ambiguous here. And excellent artist's comments as well, you just about summed up why I love his character so much. :heart:

I don't think we'll ever know if Ben is good or evil, because so far he's been in-between. I do think (or hope) that his cause will turn out to be the more just one, however...
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LOST14 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
First up is Ben, of course!! :heart:!!

Ben's just awesome. :3
You never know what to expect with him.
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Kakanji Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Yum, Benry. <3

This is great, and I don't think your description of Ben underneath could be any better said. Well done! I love his nose.
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CrazyHobbitGirl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
great job!
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