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The Child of Omelas

A foray into painting without line art, in a rough, almost sort of expressionistic style. I really don't do enough experimentation.

Anyway, this picture was done for a presentation I have to do tomorrow on Ursula K. Le Guin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas." Good story. Worth a read.

Lots of fun to do, this piece. Quite dark, I realize, and not just in a literal sense, but fun. I've never done anything like this before, and I was pretty happy with how it came out. Very happy, actually, considering in total I probably spent less than two hours on it.

In scraps because, happy as I am with it, it's a rough, sketchy piece.
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Sometimes I think, despite it all. Terrible and callous to thousands of others that it may seem, I think that I would rescue the child, even if, I quote "it wouldn't do the child any good". I think that if the child has to die (if at all), anywhere else would be better than a hole so that a supposed Utopia could be achieved. I would think that the people who live on the metaphorical back of that child deserve their precious Utopia to crumble/shatter.

But then I remember that the story was supposed to be philosophical, then I look at society today, and wonder if something like Omelas could be somewhere down the road... Or even more scary, what if something like that exists now, and we don't know about it?

Your art is amazing, dark, creepy, and feral or not, it just leaves me wanting to save the kid regardless of it biting or scratching me and beating the shit out of the people who keep him/her there...

Damn, now I have to go find the story to read! Gah, as if my reading list wasn't long and backed up enough already... Anyhoo, keep up the great art! =)
thevoiceofdoom's avatar
Ursula K. LeGuin is the shit, and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas is one of her best short stories, IMO. There are a couple of flaws here, but it definitely gets the point across. You even managed to make the mop look creepy...that's pretty impressive. The new style in interesting, you should try doing more with it.
Teratornis's avatar
Thank you ^^ I do sort of wish I had been able to spend more time on this, but I really only had a day to do it, seeing as it was for a presentation and all that. I would also like to work with this style more in the future. Whee.
AedenSolus's avatar
Very neat. Definitely different from your usual crisp lines. Hm, I know the author's name, but not the story. Now I'm curious why someone is huddled in a closet with a mop. Yay art from Tornis! :D
Teratornis's avatar
Thank you ^^ It was fun to do something so different. I suggest looking up the story at some point. It's quite interesting, and definitely worth a read.
limbairedhiel's avatar
very nice. what media did you do this in?

by the by, do you still want to borrow my camera to take pics of your other work?
Teratornis's avatar
Thank you. It's just plain ol' digital. You really expect me to do much else now that I have my computer back ;P

And yeah, at some point. It's not pressing or anything, though.
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