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Pieta by satan666v Pieta by satan666v
This piece was done in march of 2002.


Artistís Statement

He didn't mean to do it; the gun had just gone off. It was an accident. He knew he was to blame, though.

But not completely.

Why did he begin listening to those voices that he had ignored for decades? When did they start to make sense?

After it, of course - that which people still hadn't been able to give a title to in their minds. This event was what shook him. It was then, in a moment of hazy thought and disorientation he had begun to listen.

They had been shouting in unison, telling him, pleading with him, to put her away for just a little while. "We'll come back to her," they had promised. "We just need you to keep her looking the other way for a little bit. Just long enough for us to get our house in order."

He was still bleeding and grieving when he had agreed - when he had sold his soul.

So, he talked to Liberty, tried to explain things. The horror on her face spoke volumes. She scolded him for listening to those voices. "They're the extremists," she explained. "And they just want the power. They always have. Now, in a moment of weakness, you've given it to them! This has to be stopped."

That's when he pulled the gun. He just wanted to scare her; to keep her at bay while the voices fixed things. But Liberty was relentless.

The voices screamed at him, "Keep her away! It's going to be her fault when this happens again! Stop her!"

He raised the gun higher and told Liberty to stop. But Liberty was relentless.

The gun went off. Twice. (Did he pull the trigger?!)

And Liberty fell.

As he held her lifeless body, he suddenly understood that he had just signed his own death warrant.

Liberty was his love, his lifeblood. Without her, he would decay and rot, like those that had come before him. He would change. Uncle Sam would be no more. Just as the caterpillar becomes the moth, so too would he metamorphose into a totalitarian dictator, living on the fear and anxiety of his people.

His only hope, humanityís only hope, lay in Liberty - in resurrection. A Liberty reborn like the phoenix, rising from her own ashes in the form of Revolution. She could lead those people that he would be grinding under his boot heel... Lead them against him and to... something better.

Even in his grief, he knew that it would happen. Liberty was relentless.
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FrozenLolitaMorphine Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
This is beautiful. Oh, my God, I'm crying! I don't do that! <3
satan666v Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Thank you so much :)
DonMak Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
well done :)
satan666v Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
Danke kindly!
BlasphemedSoldier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah nice one man.I may work with vector on this one. May I ? :)
satan666v Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2005
be my guest :)
Loyalyak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
This is stunning in both beauty and horror... I'm a Canadian so the imagery doesn't hold as much of a personal context, but the meaning is still clear. The prose is very powerful.
satan666v Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
Thank you :)
AutisticPsycho Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
Beautiful, beautiful and nice story to back it up! I think this a fave for me!
satan666v Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
Ahh..thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
AutisticPsycho Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
Your welcome.
freegraff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
satan666v Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
Glad you think so :)
freegraff Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thanx :blush:
SrVnDaNK Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
Holy shit man. Thats deep. Wow.
satan666v Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005

e1usive Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2004
i really dig the expressive political message here :D well summed up... it speaks volumes too. i can see uncle sam representing all the bureaucracy and red tape that has literally killed our beautiful liberty.. in a sense this can be seen as a foresight perspective sort of image :) once uncle sam realizes what he has done it will be too late...too little and too late for apologies. excellent piece! more than worthy of a :+fav:
satan666v Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2004
I am truly humbled by your praise...

Thank you very much!
thedarkcloak Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2004  Professional General Artist
This is a very provoking piece... and the text that accompanies it makes it a very powerful image thrice-fold. This can be taken in so many ways besides the obvious one, and in the end, it's still sad, stirring, and maybe for some angering. Great great stuff. Have you submitted this anywhere else? is the text your own or... ? This image and text definitely deserves attention on many levels. Great job. Get it out there.
satan666v Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2004
Thank you very much. A compliment from someone of your artisitc merit means a lot.

The text & images are both mine.

The only other place I've posted this was a drawing message board, I think...
thedarkcloak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004  Professional General Artist
I definitely think you should rework this image even further, and give it even more exposure. It really is a powerful image... especially with the text to accompany it. I'm serious.
satan666v Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2004
Hmm, I've been tossing that around for a while now.

Any suggestions?

I'm thinking of recoloring...

or simply reducing the size and working the text in with it.
thedarkcloak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004  Professional General Artist

sorry it took me so long to get to you... crap.
My DA box has been quite the mess.

yeah, reducing the size and maybe adding a bordering around the entire thing, then work the text in the empty area that you'll end up with. Maybe freshen up the colors a bit too. :)

My apologies again for the insane delay!
satan666v Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004 problemo :)

I already did a "poster" version of this, too!


Pretty well covers what you said, too :)
Ofijo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2004
Powerful. ;-/
satan666v Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2004
Thank you

whoisphillip Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2003
this is beautiful.
satan666v Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2003

Thank you.
culturalflux Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2003
Wow, I'm almost crying right now. The picture is beautiful, and the prose makes it even better.
gaurzilla Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2003
OH man! Oh man....

Very well spoken.
Extremely well drawn.
Superbly colored.

Awesome work!


ldemosthenes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2003
amazing concept. I must agree with ~echo-si that it makes me want to cry.

so true. +fav and you deserve it :D (Big Grin)
jibrille Featured By Owner May 14, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really like the Message along with the art, it is so powerful together.
Great work, I love the detail and idea.
mrmo15 Featured By Owner May 11, 2003
Awesome, the art + the message. Freaking good idea

Mr Mo
vigilantvice Featured By Owner May 9, 2003
this is sad and awesome. very sad message/idea. the liberty was killed by its own uncle sam? so the man himself took it away from us.
echo-si Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2003   Writer
holy shit. this is amazing.
not just the picture (which is excellent), but your words.
it's brilliant.
thank you SO MUCH for posting this. makes me want to cry...


jadedjen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2003  Student speechless. those words are awesome in the decription...and the picture is so awesome.
you can see the confusion in his face. so true.
maulwurf1984 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2003
Yeah! Very cool Artwork can't get the words to say what I'm thinking about. It's just great. It just describes that Liberty fell and all those things that made her fell...
jonasfx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2003
please, take over the world and make it a better place. find people like you. let them help you, help everyone. or is this a cry for help?
keep drawing, with a purpouse. as long as it's your own.
spacehymns Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2003
Brilliant! +Fav's right away!
reptilecartoons Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2003
this was never more actual than at this moment...
ohxohx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2003
i'm proud having this one on my favorites.
thaurendim Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2003
This looks amazing! It's an AWESOME concept and you drew and colored it masterfully!
temabina Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2003
fucking amazing ... creepy
satan666v Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2003
Thanks for all the feedback - it really boosts my ego!


elmonster Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2002
That is fucking powerful.
yfel Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2002
So yeah, I hope America gets Not Evil again sometime soon. That would be cool. If enough people saw things like this, might help that along...

(yeah, it rocks.)
burningtygar Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2002
bravo....just impressive
anuj471 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2002
This is the best damned thing I have ever seen on this site... I don't know why, but I love this...

Words don't do it justice.

swampy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2002
and liberty fell

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