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This week's Character Creation assignment! Design two characters; one embodying your worst trait, and one embodying your best. I suppose you can probably guess that this is a worst-trait kinda sitch-ee-ation. I saw it as an opportunity to be a little uncomfortably honest and get this out there. I feel like the more thoroughly I bring this sort of thing into the light, the more thoroughly I put it to death. So here it is: Lust.
Fun, huh? :(
I think it's important to say, for those who'll hear; through faith in Christ I have been given victory over this thing. As a result, I don't see this is a dirty or pessimistic piece (and I'm certainly not setting out to offend anyone)...I just thought I should be honest. It's a discussion (artistically) I've been wanting to have, since it has been one of the principal themes of my life. It's just important to me to call sin "sin".
And hey, look: hope!
That said, here's the character design! Hope you guys can appreciate it :D

I'm taking off the parental warning...but let me know if y'all think I should put it back on!


More info on these pieces at my blog! [link]
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Kaliko08 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
Hands down best representation of Lust ever seen so far
Zinfer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Whoa! You're a Christian?! that's awesome! So am I. This is such a unique take on lust and though it's uncomfortable, it gets the message across with painful clarity. 

(I know this is an older image) I've been loving going through your gallery. You've quickly become one of my favorite artists.
Zemium Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
ill shit my pants if this thing ever existed lol. anyways great work!
Red-Jirachi-2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
I don't get how this represents Lust. I have my own views about what the seven sins would look like
* Superbia-???
* Avaritia-A kind of cybernetic goblin who's weak, atrophied body is maintained by golden prosthetic implants
* Luxuria-A mass of eyes, mouths and ears on a body of snakes and arms
* Invidia-A reflective humanoid
* Gula-A skeleton who's "flesh" is composed of locusts
* Ira-A mass of violent, whipping muscles with sharp weapons embedded in it
* Acedia-Some hollow cape of skin, jutting out from the ground in a body horror fashion
JediMase Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Very courageous for you to show such a raw take on your struggle. I've fought this fellow myself.
SolarSpaniel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohno it a creepy handmonster! geh, i have a good reason too never ever meet it in my whole life, a damn good reason
thebigjb Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Holy cow! As I read through your description of Mercy, I thought to myself "that seems like a very Christ-like trait to admire". Then I saw this piece and continued to wonder...and then I read the description. It put a big smile on my face. :D

Hard to add this one to my favorites, but I did so because I can identify. It grosses me out and is grotesque...but that's kinda the point. The slavering mouth; the hundred eyes; the grasping, clawing hands; the extended (and yet weak?), grasping "member". Well done, sir.
Trollfeetwalker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is a refreshingly original and unsettling take on Lust. usually it's just some preposterously-proportioned demon-wench.

Heh, spider-pig.
blurymind Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
needs more hands
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
GoldenTar Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I think I had similar experience. I'm really glad that Christ gave you power to defeat your problem :hug:
You're really talented guy, and I'm big fan of your art :)
Keep your good work and faith up ♥
translyania Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
o-FLYNN-o Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had to fave this, not only because of the intense embodiment had me taken aback, the seeming astounding accuracy of how this should be represented, but also what you had to say. I was second guessing it but your comments sealed the deal. Really amazing piece.
maszkara Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Wow, that's rude. You have a head full of smashing ideas! ;D
Limman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
this is awesome! i love your honesty, your work is really inspiring! God Bless You!
ghostcharmer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
congrats on the faith! ^w^
Invader-Nna Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
An arm where a puhoho should be eh? nice lol
sharp90210 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I love your designs, and also your openness about your faith!!! Keep up the great work!
terrorwolf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i really like this its so cool the
Kraaibrief Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's an impressive sight, and the hands and the physical features suit the theme.
perfect use of the may or may not be purposely link to Pan, the flute and legs.
musigal Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I fully appreciate your total openness about your Christianity. As you can probably tell from all the favorites, I also adore your art. Thanks for representing Christ so well!
Meadowknight Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Awesome job! And love your description...I'm also a Christian and struggle with the same vice, lol. The first way to work at overcoming a weakness is to stop denying it, to properly face it. It's really tough trying to balance out what the body wants and what's best for the spirit, that's for sure. Great job with the character too, very creative!
Meadowknight Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Awesome job! And love your description...I'm also a Christian and struggle with the same vice, lol. The first way to work at overcoming a weakness is to stop denying it, to properly face it. It's really tough trying to balance out what the body wants and what's best for the spirit, that's for sure. Great job with the character too, very creative!
ashenbach Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Just wanted to say that you absolutely rock: as an artist, as an apologist and as a Brother-in-Christ! Keep on rockin', bro!

Untold Co-Creator
Ermac1313 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
LOl....Handpenis Epic Win
skystrider Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Wow...! I love all the symbolism and how you did the colors and just... everything. It's really awesome. :iconiloveitplz: And it's really impressive for you to put yourself out there and be so honest like that. :iconloveyouplz:
Aernyk Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
I like it, it's real scary and I'll be meeting up with him in my nightmares but it's still really amazing.
nnq2603 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Looks very original form. :+fav:
Itachi6778 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Nice, very compelling. Have you ever thought of depicting the other 6 deadly sins? This one is...... diferent from the ones I have seen and I think that with ur insight, the others would be spectacular works.
rekka360 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   Writer
How nice that another generation has been brainwashed by Christianity to be disgusted with their bodies and their natural urges to propagate the species.

Congratulations on being ashamed to be human.

Never the less, you've got quite a bit of skill and this is a great piece.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ha! Well...that's a scathing review, if ever there was one.

I have to say, I have a hard time swallowing kind words about my work after an assualt on my faith like that, and I am compelled to retort:

In no way do I feel confined by the edicts against Lust that Christ espouses. I am not ashamed to be human; I am pleased to be made in the image of God, and he was pleased to make man. That's a colossal misconception about the Christian outlook.

There is a profound difference between Lust and Love.
Physical desire can play into either of those paradigms, but one is clearly the nobler and more beautiful way.

Lust is selfish, thinks only of one's personal pleasure, and can satisfy it's desires with or without another person's presence or consent.

Love is for others, it is generous and seeks to give pleasure rather than to receive it, clutch it, keep it for it's own, and ultimately sour and destroy it.

I am ashamed to be broken, and that I am flawed. We all are, when we can see there is a better way and cannot live up to that standard. I think it's really very simple, and in no way does that mean that I oppose the propogation of the species. Sex is beautiful and God encourages it! I just think the place for 'propogation' (which, to me is a colossal reduction of the meaning of sex) at its absolute best is under the union of two people united by love, not lust.
I'd love to talk further with you, and please: less hate here, next time.
Thank you for your compliments.
Pixxielynn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so right!
rekka360 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010   Writer
I have nothing but respect for your artistic talent.

The sentiment however that you are "broken", "flawed"
and that you need to be ashamed of this are all great
examples of the damage that the cult of Christianity
does to people.

Because your god puts up a standard that you "cannot live up to"
and then sends you to hell for it if you do not debase yourself
by admitting that you are broken and flawed and nothing without him,
then I have to deduce that he is himself a monster.
Pixxielynn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no shame in being flawed. We are human and that is in our nature. That is why god sent his only begotten son to earth to die for our sins.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You've skipped over the entire discussion about lust and Love, and focused immediately on what I said about being "flawed". Do you dispute that you understand the concept of Love as seperate from that of lust? If you can see how they are different, and how one is opposite to and clearly better than the other, then you have already acknowledged a standard by which a man may be called 'flawed'.

My point being: Selfishness is worse than Selflessness. Lust is ultimately vicious selfishness, and deserves to be characterized as evil. Is that still disagreeable to you?

And please don't say you 'respect my talent'. I did nothing to get it by myself, and it deserves your respect not a bit more than my beliefs do. And you evidently have no respect for them, so please: don't treat my 'talent' as different. I don't mean that combatively.
sleet-meester Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
I feel bad intruding on this conversation, but I just want to say that I respect the way you defended your faith. Though I myself am not religious in any way, I have overwhelming amounts of respect for the way you are able to defend your beliefs without insulting or claiming that your opinion is the only valid one.

Also, your art is beautiful.
ivansivak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Professional
Brilliant symbology! BRILLIANT! :D :thumbsup:
Aubzessed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
well. that hand at the crotch explains it all lol good work1
shadowdragonsphinx Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, very impressive personification of a deadly sin, though I honestly expected a monster of lust to be more, ah, explicit, if you get my drift. :XD: Still, very awesome. I love the detail, especially the flow of the colors. It's nice on the eyes when I look from the blue to the red. And besides, the design is grotesquely awesome! Very nice work. :D
Ceil Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
very clever!
NathanDespain Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Great piece. It scares me slightly, well because Ive been here too, and this depicts Lust well. The eyes everywhere, fearsome visage thats shadowed away....well done.
Hierognosis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Your worst trait is lust? I would think that there would be thousands of other dark things lurking in the minds of all humanity much worse than the want to have sex. Though I suppose everything in great amounts can be bad, eh?

Either way, the concept behind it is really great. You did an amazing job at putting it together, colors and character design, and all. Fitting mood.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist depends on your outlook, I suppose. I'm a Christian and Christ teaches that the act of lust outside of marriage is essentially the spiritual equivalent to adultery. In which case, yeah: lust would be pretty bad. And when you're engaged in fighting against something that most of the world considers to be "perfectly natural", then there aren't many people who are going to take your side on the matter. So I'm hardly suprised, but at least realize we may be coming from different points of view on this.
SidewaysluvsOblivion Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
I too, am a christian struggling with lust, except I'm a female. It makes me feel better to see a man willing to admit his weakness in this matter, especially since I sometimes struggle with what my mind minsconstrues as men 'getting away' with sexual sins in the bible. I do feel people don't understand he concept of lust. Lust is the desire for someone without regards to their desire or well being. Lust is a union of pride and envy, born and often leading to those two other vices. I love the form of this creature, the eyes are small and almost insectile, giving them a cold,unemotional distance, perhaps symbolizing how people who lust after others often see them as 'things?' The pig is symbolic of greed and gluttony, Lust desire to sate its own hunger without regard to anything but fulfilling its need. One thing that struck me was the pan flute hanging around the beasts neck, it produces a sweet, natural sound, perhaps an emblem of the justifications of 'biology' and 'nature' Sex was made for love. Sex without love is spawned from lust. Sex isn't a sin, God's first command was for adam and eve to 'be fruitful' I wish people understood that christianity has nothing against sex, just sex for the wrong reasons.
Hierognosis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Oh no, I realize.

Myself, I am agnostic. So to me calling sex a sin is just odd and unnatural. Even primal lust has something raw and pure about it, though I myself don't believe in sex for the sake of sex, as most people seem to. There is always a deeper psychological need behind it.

I'm not arguing your belief, you are free to think and feel as you please, and I respect that, and certainly respect your ability to put into art that feeling. I'm just saying that in a world as screwed up as this, there are a million more atrocious things one could do.
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, fair enough. And just to clarify...It's not sex that is seen as a sin, by any's just the context of that sex that is the issue at hand. In Christianity, it's within marriage that sex is to be enjoyed as a blessing and nothing to be ashamed of. It's the "extramarital" portion of the equation that's out of the question. It's not an issue of whether it's natural or not, it's just an issue of committment and monogamy. It's that "deeper need" you mention being held up as the thing of most importance, and a thing to be submitted to God instead of sought out for it's own sake. But I think we understand eachother. Thanks for your comments!
Archbishop01 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
It doesnt need parental cause it doesnt show off nudity and gore and such. A wonderful concept you come up .

Intresting you added pipes to it too with gave it a bit of "ancient" heritage behind it.
paris-smiles Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
This is absolutely and incredibly poignant. Just wow. All the symbolism (and I guarantee I'm not seeing all of it). The multitude of eyes and eyes on a long creepy tongue, the crotch-hand, the multitude of hands, he's a pig, but he's also got goat feet/pan pipe (bachus). Every time I look at this again it astounds me. So very good. And so very difficult of a topic to discuss, especially in today's culture. God bless.
Amaakir Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
The way you handled the concept is brilliant, dont forget art can break any walls, including personal.
Its good to face your demons once in a while :)
Other than that, excellent work
Brilliant Concept
Incredible Art
theSmartestArtist Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, this is amazing!!! i love it. a very, very interesting manifestation of "Lust"...i'm inspired to draw up my worst and best traits in physical form!

Again, like many people here have said...i think it's pretty normal to be lustful during your early 20s. i just turned 20 back in April, so think of what i have to look forward to! :XD:

Keep up the good work!!! :D
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