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Alternative Portraits, Dream Mementos, etc.
Commissions, Alternative Portraits (Digital and Traditional), Photomanipulations, Dreamscapes, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Conceptual designs.

Above are examples of "Alternative Portraits"

NOTE: I am not merely limited to the styles you see above and I am open to new ideas and artistic challenges, even those which may seem to contrast my other-worldly appeal. I am willing to negotiate on price and in some cases, would be willing to trade depending on what it is you have to trade.

The price listed is ONLY a "guide" for digital commissions in which the buyer will be provided with a hi-def print.  The price for traditional art forms varies according to the requirements of the piece.

Newest Deviations

Fight or Fight (2019) by Jon-Laurence Fight or Fight (2019) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 0 0 Instant Before (2019) by Jon-Laurence Instant Before (2019) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 1 0 priorities. (2019) by Jon-Laurence priorities. (2019) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 2 0
Literature
American Dream (2018)
tentacled reveries predicate (their) sleepless dreams
(whilst) spectacled priests-like-me tear at their soon-doomed-schemes.
auctioned for mere pennies: are their used fantasies
to get what they want, they'll sell what they need:
they'd rather be drunk then have something to eat.
they'll smile as they lie and ignore the lost pleas
to shun one's own heart? an incredible feat!
despite who they know and despite who they meet
they'll betray each other to be king of the heap.
they trade in lies and barter deceit
it won't take much logic to take the next leap
their lust for power will lead to defeat
in this (darkest) hour there's no room to concede
"we cannot retreat, we'll march 'till we bleed!"
(they) may look like family and friends
but they are enemies!
this is the means to the end
and then we'll be (set) free:
concluding their chaos and tyranny
this is what it takes
to live the American Dream.
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why the long face, Heydrich? (2018) by Jon-Laurence why the long face, Heydrich? (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 0 0 Honey-Coated Sandpaper (2018) by Jon-Laurence Honey-Coated Sandpaper (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 1 0
Literature
Left Below/Brutal Promenade,Brutal Requisite(2018)
Left Below (written for the music composition "Brutal Promenade" by overwater)
angels shed their scabbed wings
another betrayal for blissful things
history repeats and completes the ring
heavenly choirs come together and now they sing
"we've lost our brothers to the love of another,
we know you felt smothered, your shame is uncovered.
we say goodbye sisters, swept up by [the] King of Blisters
[and] we can't say we miss them, it would seem too sinister"
the Father hasn't wept
instead exhibited rage
He used to seem so adept
but now it's starting to fade
and it's so hard to accept
when God's losing Its gauge,
and if He knew all along
then why was Lucifer made?
is He really that mad
or was it all just a game?
is he really that bad
or is it only in name?
is it even okay that i'm thinking this way?
i'm having my doubts and for that will I pay?
or will I bear it inside as my own personal shame?
linking me to loyalty  like some umbilical chain
should i confess my doubts or be consigned to
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Coagulated Confessions (2018) by Jon-Laurence Coagulated Confessions (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 5 1 Opportunity Rings (2018) by Jon-Laurence Opportunity Rings (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 2 0
Literature
whatLIESbeneath (master_N_chief)
donkeys on parade
whilst the elephant plays charades
with the nation made of shade, now the nation that he's played
now America is flayed and her innards on display
oh, look at the mess we've made!
tyrant, despot, liar, and chief
and everybody's looking for what lies beneath
what will really happen when his secrets are unsheathed?
it doesn't really matter if you know what he means
just pretend it isn't happening and keep showing your teeth
in a smile that's not threatening with those lights eyes agleam
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Literature
more (2018)
i'm now at the top of the hill
and all i had to do was kill
off every dream, hope, and thrill
that made me what I really am
and now stripped of cares i don't really give a damn
i'll tel you the truth (this once) - i'm living a sham
but was it truly worth it to pay off the debt
all of this grueling work and now i'm starting to fret
reduced to a zepllin when i was raised to be a jet
subservient to meeklings that i have never met
it wasn't my fault that i was born a threat
floating blissfully blase until my wings were torn
my halo then broken and its shards look like horns
now i reign in hell but the crown's left me forlon
like another wide-eyed doe now succumbing to porn
but hold your hankies please for there's no reason mourn
i've made my choices - right and wrong - and i stand by my mistakes
though i can't help but hope that maybe one day i will wake
and be that man for whom the world would shake
but until that day I will take what i can take
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The Beast (2018) by Jon-Laurence The Beast (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 0 0 Crumpled Kingdom (2018) by Jon-Laurence Crumpled Kingdom (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 3 0 Beaches of Gehenna (2018) by Jon-Laurence Beaches of Gehenna (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 2 0 Cracked Orchid (2018) by Jon-Laurence Cracked Orchid (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 2 0 Queen Of The Flies (2018) by Jon-Laurence Queen Of The Flies (2018) :iconjon-laurence:Jon-Laurence 5 0
It should be noted that the order in which I upload my pieces often has little chronological relation to order in which they were completed.

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invested in a mondo-sized printer so as to be able to manifest my digital art.  message me if you are interested in prints or commissions but would rather not go through deviantart for some reason.
Instant Before (2019)
the instant before the world changed. a harbinger of the continuous disasters which have befallen the world at an exponentially exceeding rate ever since, United Airlines Flight 175 (the second plane to hit the World Trace Center's South Tower was the first true signifier (to the public at least) that the disaster unfolding before their eyes (initiating with the collision of American Airlines Flight 11 into the North tower at 8:46am) was not the result of a pilot's fatal error but rather a previously unimaginable full-fledged attack on the world's leading superpower within the most "global" metropolis on the planet. 

Not only did this national tragedy occur on my birthday, i bore witness to the second plane's collision on television while watching with the rest of my first-period Chemistry class in Miami, Florida. I had been raised in Queens and learned to speak both Espanol (my first language) and English (my primary language) while growing up there.  My sister was born there.  My Godparents resided there.  At the time, it seemed like the apocalypse and the Pentagon had yet to be impacted.

Although the opinions, facts, and emotions surrounding the events that transpired nearly two decades ago, what can be agreed by all is that everything about the American way-of-life would change forever and consequently so would the countless lives of Westerners and Arab peoples around the world for decades to come. This piece  portraying a plane-like shape illustrates modern America's readiness to willingly accept the abstract nature of what occurred on that fateful day, why it occurred, how it occurred, and how it changed the economic, political, and cultural shape of both "The West" and the "Middle East". 

The event itself has come to symbolize the vague abstraction associated with the overhaul of American "Liberties" during the first part of the 21st century and yet so many unanswered questions remain despite the millions of dollars spent on uncovering them.  As such, i have portrayed the instant before the cataclysmic change as a bright and colourful, relatively simple piece of abstract art. I have utilized the actual shape of the plane which hit the second tower (minus its engines and vertical stabilizer) followed by three circles (which represent the other three correlated attacks of the day).   I contrasted cool colours encapsulated by the thick dark lines of the shapes with those of the surrounding chaotic maelstrom of warm colours . This decision was made to visually portray the massive difference between the worldviews of those individuals who perished on the date that these disasters occurred (dying in a "pre-9/11" America) and those who would live to see how the events that ended the lives of the former would profoundly effect the lives of latter for years to come.
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priorities. (2019)
Inspired by China Mieville's Avanc creature (a deep-sea dwelling leviathan utilized as a mode of propulsion for a city-sized pirate flotilla) from his fabulous novel The Scar of his Bas-Lag Trilogy.  The piece was also heavily influenced by the concept of the Loch Ness monster as it is portrayed in the 1964 classic, the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
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tentacled reveries predicate (their) sleepless dreams
(whilst) spectacled priests-like-me tear at their soon-doomed-schemes.
auctioned for mere pennies: are their used fantasies

to get what they want, they'll sell what they need:
they'd rather be drunk then have something to eat.
they'll smile as they lie and ignore the lost pleas
to shun one's own heart? an incredible feat!

despite who they know and despite who they meet
they'll betray each other to be king of the heap.
they trade in lies and barter deceit
it won't take much logic to take the next leap
their lust for power will lead to defeat
in this (darkest) hour there's no room to concede
"we cannot retreat, we'll march 'till we bleed!"

(they) may look like family and friends
but they are enemies!
this is the means to the end
and then we'll be (set) free:
concluding their chaos and tyranny
this is what it takes
to live the American Dream.
I have had several "near misses" with true love throughout my life: puppy love, infatuation, romantic lust, best friendship with benefits, and its many other manifestations of romantic relationships...but true love?  I guess i feel "in love" during many of the "honeymoon" periods of my former relationships, but when it fades and time takes it inevitable toll, it seems no more significant than any of the relationships preceding it...I imagine (and hope) that true love will endure..i don't imagine it as being flawless, but rather aware of its flaws and growing towards something greater than the sum of its parts. I imagine true love as being a perfect partnership in which both parties recognize the mutual benefit of living, loving, and growing together as one. Thats what i yearn for.

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The purpose of this donation pool is to be able to accumulate enough points to assist me in paying the first year's fee of a DeviantArt premium membership so that I am able to share my art with a wider audience. Currently, I am a full time student at the University of Phoenix and only seven months away from earning my Master's degree in Human Services Management (fancy terminology for Social Work). I tutor undergrads as a way of supporting myself. Unfortunately, I simply can't afford to pay for this membership until I am finished with school and able to work a full-time job. If you enjoy my art and would like to help the cause than please donate. Everything counts!

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Jon-Lawrence Esnard de Cespedes
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Hello and welcome to my online gallery. My name is Jon-Laurence and I am a Social Worker currently residing in South Miami, Florida. I have had no formal training in any aspect of visual arts and in no way consider myself a "professional". Simply put, creating these works bring me peace and grant me a sense of spiritual serenity. My techniques and execution are inspired by the dark/modern age of comics, the surrealist movement of the 1920s, political propaganda, corporate art, and nature herself.

The majority of my artwork consists of colages, freehand drawings, and paintings that are scanned, uploaded, and then digitally manipulated using Photoshop until the desired results are achieved. However, that is not to say that I do not dabble in more traditional art formss. One will notice that many of my pieces find their inspiration from the fields of science-fiction, religio, and the ever-growing prevalence of consumerism in Western Civilization.

I have decided to post some of my work with the hopes that these pieces may entertain and enlighten those of you who care to view them. Thank you and I hope that you enjoy them.





Jon-Laurence (2014/updated 2015)

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n-ecrozma Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi! just passing by to say you have really lovely art!!! have a nice day
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Jon-Laurence Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. your kind words are greatly appreciated.
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fairy-puke Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :) (Smile) 
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Jon-Laurence Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much, sorry for the late reply, i just noticed your post :)
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Lolita-Artz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lolita Fav Thanks (Gift) by daniya-ART Lolita Artz by SilviaMS
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circusdreamsandmagic Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave!
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Jon-Laurence Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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ZimmyRose Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!!
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Jon-Laurence Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry for the late reply Zimmy...as i'm sure youve noticed i've taken a bit of a hiatus from creation...unfortunately my fiance' left me on my birthday (which is already a depressing time for me), however, i've been able to use that in order to make some really positive changes in my life.  New job, new location, new perspectives...nevertheless, i do still post my poetry (just posted two today) - i just need to start drawing/painting/creating again.  Thank you for the birthday wishes and hopefully i'll start creating again soon.
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ZimmyRose Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best of wishes to you, I'm sorry to hear about your finace :/
But, the new-ness sounds good. :hug:
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