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Philosopher's Ego, The by LyndsayHarper Philosopher's Ego, The by LyndsayHarper
The Philosopher's Ego. 6/08
Inks, Watercolours and Pens.

A piece i drew and left under my desk for a few months before painting and inking it all in one night right before school. I was still inking in the lines on the train to school the next day.

the sketch was simply just an appropriation of someone else's idea, the style is influenced by Egon Schiele and was originally just a study on how he drew legs and torso's.

When i pulled it out of my desk months down the track i saw so much more in it and i filled it with a few more idea's.


this piece is very reflective of how my life was working at the time. I felt like with every step i made forward i was taking two back, much like how with the growth of the power and knowledge the philosopher gains from his right hand, he loses power in his left.

the piece is very colourful, most specifically in the cranium. I created a stained glass effect because i wanted to convey the way i saw the philosophers brains process of thought.

there's also a second face amongst the stained glass head of the figure, which echo's Rodin's "thinker". I thought the combination of this and the imagery of the right hand allowed for the viewer to see how the figure is creating his thought. I wanted the lines in the moon scythe to seem like veins, bark and electrical cables.

I hope this helps - Lyndsay.


Holy Man-titties i got a DD!

Supreme thanks to :iconmerelymarquis: for the suggestion and to Snowmask for featuring it!

I'd also like to mention that I am selling prints of this upon request. So if you're interested, please contact me!
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Given 2009-01-21
Brilliantly prismatic, thus evermore evocative of stained glass and its very transcending nature, Philosopher's Ego, The by ~LyndsayHarper is definitely a visual experience of wild intensity. ( Suggested by MerelyMarquis and Featured by snowmask )
InterloperUX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'd also like to mention that I am selling prints of this upon request. So if you're interested, please contact me!"

Is this up to date? I noticed that you have it available as a print here, albeit the head is cropped in half.. I would add it to my wishlist :)
psion005 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool piece :wow:

augenweide Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured here...[link]
LaraSkadi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely loved the colors and the lines in this work, and it, as a whole, is very intense and stunning.
I don't know if that was intentional or not, but for me the way it's positioned the scythe looks like a tool of self-harm, like the way the more we unravel and deconstruct things on one side, the more we build our own little evergrowing "world" and its ideas inside our heads, and as much as it empowers us, it also sinks us further into something (emotionally) dangerous and greater than ourselves. That, the stains, the vivid colors and the left hand detail creates a very powerful picture, and I must say it's beautiful.
bcordone Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Hi Lyndsay, Your work is stunning; I love so many pictures in your gallery. The colors you use together are so unique and the way you shape things is incredible. I have posted some of your work on my tumblr blog (linked and credited to you, of course). If you would rather they weren't there please message me at and I will take them down. Thanks for sharing. barbara
OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool -
chambs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible work
trobinson41 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Egon would be proud!
onecircles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's me!
sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi Lyndsay,

It's been quite a long time since I messaged you, so you probably don't remember me; but I was a guy that wanted to buy this way back mid-2009. I still do, can you please get in touch, for a Print, and sizes available. Looking to get it as big as possible .. also want to talk about buying the original copy from you.

Thanks alot,
toonrama Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
i like the colors, the work. the title and the meaning wat means to me.... awesome..... keep inspiring...
jonathanjames Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very egon schiele-ish. my gf says she loves the way you incorporated the background into the main focal area in the torso especially, i agree with her. but i dig the line quality of your figure the best it is so fluid and yet intentional. great work all around. we love it.
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, i really like your work too, especially the ink on marble. You've got something really nice there and thanks .
Mivala Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is phenomenally intense and wild. I love it.:)
covenantfighter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The style reminds me somewhat of Alex Pardee [link] who did the cover to the last In Flames album "A Sense Of Purpose". I love your work, it's strange and yet beautiful. Very evocative use of colours and difformed anatomy.
poc243 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
schiele is my favorite artist.
FourMindz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
amazing art and style, love it, so colorful:D
SAnneM Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so incredible. When I see your artwork, I want to hate you... but I love what you do too much. :)
Trekmi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
revolt14 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
your thought in it was intresting.
mermaidmusic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is possibly the most original piece i've ever seen. nothing i have ever looked at had a similar idea, execution, or outcome. it is deeply meaningful, beautifully lined and painted, and extremely pleasing to the eye.

LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)

Pretty flattering :giggle:
J-Elusive Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
Mmm yesh i definitely like this one :D!
hliwwa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
simply stunning
sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think the use of the term 'fucking awseome' warrants this . Would love to hang this inside my study room
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hah, then buy a print my friend :)
sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
idk is this Stained Glass? If not what kind of print will the copy be and how big?
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the print can be anytype you want (including fine art print)

It's a painting and its just a bit bigger than a regular sheet of paper (size)

You can get it printed for it's original size or even bigger if you'd like.

An A2 poster would cost you 50$ Thats about as big as something thats rather large.
sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
no no thats too small, i want it in A1, UK sizes.

What is "fine art print"?
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Fine art would be very expensive and i'm only making 15 of those with three sold already.

A1 would cost about 70$
For once someone who is informed of that size format :hug:
MALLEfunction Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
I rarely like watercolors, but this is so well done. Great job!
junglecookie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Makes me think of Egon Schiele's self-potrait, my favourite schiele canvas ever :]

Good job !
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a study on his muscular figures.

glowing-fool Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
i love the color and line work for this. they compliment each other very well.
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I'm sort of moving away from that at the moment buti can definitely see myself getting back into it after some time.
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
What an imagination!!!!!!!I love your colours your expression.........You're a telent artist!!!!!
persian-pirate Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
very nice, both lineart and coloring..=D
Gonad-The-Destroyer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible. I am humbled by your talent.
DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is exquisite on so many levels.
Beautiful x
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou :nod:
TheJamesJoyceinator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
This is a brilliant piece- I can't recall ever seeing a better painting done in watercolor.

Just by-the-way; the moon-scythe actually looked like it was made of muscle tissue, to me.
pilot-tender-foot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Keegasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
this is really something else
ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
That's a very brilliant effect.
I like it.
rawrers Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Extremely effective.
ptronic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Beautifully surreal
AwesomePresence Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
4 tea? or not 4 tea?
RachelDS Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student General Artist
its very full of life, amazing!!!
XerroDeath Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   General Artist
The depth and intensity of the watercolors is amazing.
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