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Philosopher's Ego, The
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Published: January 2, 2009
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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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InterloperUX's avatar
InterloperUX|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 :)
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psion005|Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool piece :wow:

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augenweide|Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured here...[link]
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LaraSkadi|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.
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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 red-lipstick.tumblr.com and I will take them down. Thanks for sharing. barbara
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OdditiesByErnie|Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool -
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chambs's avatar
chambs|Hobbyist General Artist
incredible work
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trobinson41's avatar
Egon would be proud!
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onecircles|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's me!
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sirwanqutbi|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,
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toonrama's avatar
i like the colors, the work. the title and the meaning wat means to me.... awesome..... keep inspiring...
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jonathanjames|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.
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LyndsayHarper|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, i really like your work too, especially the ink on marble. You've got something really nice there and thanks .
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Mivala|Professional Traditional Artist
This is phenomenally intense and wild. I love it.:)
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covenantfighter|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.
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poc243's avatar
schiele is my favorite artist.
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FourMindz's avatar
amazing art and style, love it, so colorful:D
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SAnneM|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. :)
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revolt14's avatar
your thought in it was intresting.
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mermaidmusic|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.

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LyndsayHarper|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)

Pretty flattering :giggle:
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J-Elusive's avatar
Mmm yesh i definitely like this one :D!
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hliwwa|Student Traditional Artist
simply stunning
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