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X-Men Guernica

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Another week of The Line it is Drawn! This week's theme was "Alternate Reality Character Designs", and my pick was X-Men, designed by Picasso.

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This piece is based on the painting Guernica: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

X-Men Guernica - SKETCH by Theamat

X-Men Guernica - INKS by Theamat

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gowdi's avatar
A brilliant piece Thea -- my brain has trouble taking it in all at once -- I can't imagine how tricky it was to put on paper.
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Thanks! It was tough. I kept wanting to correct my lines and had to keep convincing myself to let the shapes just be shapes. It's much harder than it looks. Lol
sauronct's avatar
In the Wolverine Vol 2 issue 36, Wolverine WAS really in Guernica the same date of the attack. Good mash-up
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Wow! that's a blast from the past. Thanks for the info!
plupluche's avatar
The idea is excellent ! You strike a big blow.
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
thank you!
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jfmolineraProfessional Interface Designer
Excelent !!! great job !!
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Thanks!
anthrodiva's avatar
It sounds like there were other possibilities for you to interpret? This one is a poor image to choose, to say the least. It is important artistically, historically, and even topically. They covered the tapestry version of this at the UN for Colin Powell's address in 2002 in favor of going to war. It is powerful because it shows the death of innocent citizens (and their children) essentially as part of a product demonstration -- Hitler was showing off Messerschmidt's to Franco. Distinct parallels to today.

I understand your argument, except that X-Men are not real and real people died in Guernica. There is no way, regardless of execution, that this treatment of such a massively important painting in this manner, could fail to be read as trivializing those deaths.
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
I respectfully disagree with the premise of comparing my piece to the original, especially outside of the context of The Line It Is Drawn. It artificially inflates the value of my piece in the cultural milieu and unjustly degrades the original's. But as I have stated before, I apologize to all for any unintended misperceptions.
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this is so rude! guernica was made, about the bombings of the town guernica.. there are tears on it, there are sorrow and grief on it.. and you made it with xmen? and think that its so funny and clever? for me its so rude, and an insult to humankind!!
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Sorry that you do not see the purpose, thank you for posting your commentary.
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This is truly AMAZING! Not much more I can say to express how I feel about it. I'm by no means an art critic but I know what I like and I really like this!
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Thanks for the stamp of approval!
davel-jonez's avatar
This is a very good execution of disgusting idea.
The only Guernica comic mashup I can imagine not being offensive is perhaps Art Spiegelman’s Maus.
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate that you give me props for skill, if not for content.
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Fabulous, wish it was for sale.
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Nope! Sorry, not a penny! But you can download to your heart's content.
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Fabulous, I wish it was for sale
m7781's avatar
very glad you lost that coin toss.. you are brave for tackling this one..
you couldnt have made it any better..
perfection!
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
Your so nice, thanks. It does take the sting out of that coin toss! Lol
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brainflowcrashHobbyist Digital Artist
You've really captured the expression of the original, and thanks for the high-res download :) What were your thoughts about the context of the original painting when you tackled this? Did it influence your decision to choose Guernica or was it mainly an experiment with the iconic look of his work?
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TheamatProfessional General Artist
I love Picasso's work and guernica is my favorite of his pieces. I chose it because it is so visceral and naked in it its depiction of war.

I've gotten little flack for mashing these two genres because there are some people who believe the message is empty. I'd just like to go on record as saying that I am not the first to point out appropriate social commentary in comics. The xmen, in particular, are the poster children of the oppressed. They fight government, society, enemies, allies, alien threats, eachother, not to mention their own inner demons. What would Picasso have thought of their place in society? Their constant struggle for recognition? should we turn a blind eye to injustice just because its a fictional comic book?

I wanted to show that Picasso's style and message can be interpreted through the comic book genre, which in many ways is more relevant to today's audience, the same way his contoversial style was relevant to HIS audience. War, any war, whether real or fiction, is still about oppression of the weak, violence, casualties and grief.

Thank you for asking and for liking it!
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brainflowcrashHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for your reply, I feel the same about the original, even though it's very abstract it couldn't be any more haunting in a realistic depiction. Though - you have to forgive me - I don't know much about the X-Men universe, your undertaking of readapting Guernica in this way woke my interest.

I think that even though you get or got flak for it, simply by taking the piece and readapting it in popular fiction so to speak, you've put the original and its message back into the minds of many people, myself included. And that in itself, is of merit, isn't it? Good art is always controversial :)
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