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Final for Basic illustration + utilized as part of my Art History 2010 creative project.

Technical pens on polyester drafting film, scanned and cleaned up in photoshop. Final will be presented as a matted print copy, just as the previous project ("Painted Dogs Painting")

It's a take on the ancient maya ball game, depicting a lone modern US military Abrams main battle tank inset into the ball court.

The maya ballgame was a medium for resolving conflict, deciding disputes, and was symbolic of their religion and culture, through the ceremonies and sacrifice involved.

Today, we fight unclear enemies with overwhelming firepower in countries across the world for questionable reasons. A stark contrast to the maya, our Game features no clear opponent, and our winning shot obliterates the ultimate objective. The true sacrifice is made not by the players, but by the people and the land - the court.
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DLTO Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
outstanding through and through.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Hells-Soul-Shaker Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Excellent detail. Excellent.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Hells-Soul-Shaker Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
No problem. Its very well done, and the Historical reference is EXCELLENT.
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VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work mate, like how the Tank was design :]
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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VenomEXsoldier Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
np :D
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spetsnazmelayu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That is a wonderfully detailed tank. Interesting concept but I was easily confused by the strange working around behind the tank.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Mhmm, that's been the biggest critique of this drawing so far. If I ever revisit this I will definitely either take the tank out of the wall or alter the linework such that it actually looks as if it's inscribed on the walls - right now it's extremely finely detailed and "perfect", and so looks out of place.
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is this supposed to be some sort of tecnical disorted perspective ? :o the sharp contrast shading makes the perspective seem funny. but interresting consept though eventhough I didn't understand anything of it =P
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I admit, it can be difficult to see whats going on here... the original idea was to have the tank engraved into the walls as a sort of mural, but I decided not to stylize it at all as that would have made it hard to make out, being in perspective.

In hindsight it probably would have worked better if I had not drawn the tank inset into the walls, but simply in the court proper. Alas, lack the time to change it at this point as it's due in next class.
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh now I see it! pretty cool when I just noticed it ;)
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Zethelius Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
That's awesome!
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I call haxs =P
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAX
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
P.S. I lost the game
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
B)
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CorporalDogmeat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just lost the game. :<
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
B)
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CabooseRIF Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
I don't know, but I've been told! Mayan basketball is fuckin' old! Run down the court, throw that ball! We have a tank, so fuck you all!
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
WELL YENNO CABOOSE THEY WERENT SUPPOSED TO USE THEIR HANDS SO THATS PRETTY MUCH WRONG MISTER
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CabooseRIF Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I'M SORRY. I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER THE NOISE OF MY JET POWERED TANK.
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