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Construct a Shield from Thine Own Flesh by TheMichaelMacRae Construct a Shield from Thine Own Flesh by TheMichaelMacRae
Carefully choosing every word, every phrase, from countless sources, he built himself a script. And in merging this tome with the other in just such a way, he created a powerful hybrid of of ancient charm and modern conjuration. This, if all goes accordingly, will keep him safe, he thought.

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Kiltedfiend Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
I have a modern / cyberpunk / fantasy setting that I role-play in with a group of friends. i saw this picture and knew immediately that it was something that could happen in that world.... we already had a character that had taken holy words as tattoos to help fend off evil spirits and give her strength against demons and the undead. Cool to see it actually in the process so to speak. Awesome work.
Chimp-o Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of memeneto
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
If you ever read the story about the monk who lost his ears, then this poor bastard has a problem. That monk had a friend write the defensive sutras for him and only forgot the ears by carelessness, but this man has only himself to do the writing. If he is lucky enough to be ambidextrous, then he can shave his head and use a mirror to get most of his head and face, but, ultimately, his back will remain vulnerable. They will try to pull his spine out!
Shenlong13 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017
I love the tiny things here. Shadows, ink, hairs, swelling of the skin. But most of them all - the focus on his face. This is a man of his work. Steady and precise, word after word. Its a good piece of art. Very good.
CMVreud Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
"The painted man"
Colorfulmoongato Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So he's definitely the little boy they tried to take right? But I'm a bit confused with the story, did they succeed in taking him from his mother and "raised" him to adulthood as a "prisoner"? or has he just been evading their grasp his whole life and is just now finding a means of protection from it?

Or did his mother succeed in keeping him from them and then he grew into being just out of reach of them?
Or am I just crazy and interpreting everything wrong. lol

Gorgeous art by the way. 
yobyboy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
I completely understand the writing, it needs a certain despair as in going over a mess and wanting to make it worthwhile, hoping to keep what really seemed important at the time, clinging on to that faith. a movie rolls and your voiceover flowes freely. if only you can recall, if only...
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, it's a magical spell-tattoo

Want me to link to you to the creator's comments confirming that notion?
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I... I don't know what any of that means...
yayaartpop Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016   Photographer
great !
JWA2277 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent image.... Bad magic. this does not work... its been tried.

I heard a story of a man who had a demon tattooed to his body.
He said it would protect his skin.... and he was right.
When he was blown to kingdom Come by an IED, the patch of skin with the  tattoo, was not even scratched. 
AmberArt212 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder what will happen afterward and how the story continues ^^
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working on it. I'd like to turn this into a story some day. Right now it's just a series of ideas that are loosely connected.
FearTheBed Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
that's like...everything I ever imagine...ever.. but it makes beautiful art!
Trithwood Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
He should have drawn the Helm of Awe

The Helm of Awe

I wore before the sons of men
In defense of my treasure;
Amongst all, I alone was strong,
I thought to myself,
For I found no power a match for my own.
Bashlykmonsta Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really great work. I very enjoy by your works by the professional and depressive performance and by catching scripts connected each other. And only first look of your works give me inspiration and desire to create. I followed from your early pictures till now and one more time realised how man can get high with  desire to work.I also have desire, but all my life I do only line work and simple work with shadows and color(usually I using color pencils). It very difficult to teach how to draw, but I can't construct my question another way: 

How correctly choosing a color if i not want picture what look like a child's coloring book?
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately that question is too big for me to answer. To vague. And I am not a good teacher! :(

You just have to keep studying. Just keep looking at the world around you and learn how it all fits together bit by bit. I'm not big on relying on references, I think it dulls your imagination. What I've always done is simply take mental notes as I go about my day. I'd look up at the sky and try to figure out exactly what shade of bluish green the sky was. How saturated is it? How bright? Not only that but you have to take into consideration the contrast of all the colors you see.
Bashlykmonsta Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe you not a teacher of fine art, but I seriously relate to your answer. As I understand I'm do not must relate to art like to math and demand correct formula how to draw. I may take it easy and show some артисты and perseverance. Very appreciate your response. Your fabulous artist and great guy...and not so bad teacher
IdaLarsenArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeus work, love the concept too :D :clap: :+favlove:
bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazingly drawn soapy water.
Scrathed Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats so cool, man :D
I love the story behind this *^*
Pinkuh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My only critique on this comes not nessiarily from an art standpoint, but from a tattooists standpoint XD

DO NOT SOAK YOUR FRESH TATTOOS... it will seep the ink out (then it will loose it's magical properties... as well you risk getting infections @_@)
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I guess that is one way of getting rid of ones tattoos if they decide to have second thoughts. 
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only he had known. What an amateur.
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
manliest man.
kuronekosama Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Writer
What a great concept! The man's proportions look absolutely amazing, and the clutter around him is great. You put so many interesting details into this and the lighting is also perfect. You're an amazing artist!
ana-dabrowska Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist
All of your arts are amaising. It's a pleasure to look at them.
larmesderouille Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist
All your work has such a strong impact, well done my friend!
MageElf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
ejburnsphotography Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Photographer
Absolutely wonderful. The words transpire me to another world with the imagery complimenting the text so perfectly. Have you any novels or books of your works? I really would love to purchase some of your stuff, it's unbelievable.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pfffffffffffffffffff it literally took me an entire day to write that brief blurb. To write a book would consume my entire life. But thankyou anyhoo
ejburnsphotography Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Photographer
You should definitely consider it, you have unbelievable potential. Not very often that someone is good with words, creating visual imagery and great with story telling. Such talent and dedication shouldn't go to waste!

All the best nonetheless, I'm sure you have much ahead of you!
SleepingDrone Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Love it.
What's the story behind it?
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's tattooing this scripture over his entire body to act as a sort of mystical sheild, make him more durable/able to resist paranormal energies from having an effect on him.
TheHeroOne Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Student
It's really beautiful! I think it's awesome how much of a narrative the picture tells already, even without the tidbit in the description.
artratene Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice job.  I hope you're happy with your cintiq!
AtchuArtist Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
carouselclover Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this. It's perfect. 
Etelendiss Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist
Love this picture!
TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds painful. ;A;

But the picture is really amazing, love the scattered background objects and natural censorship. The colors and shading are nice too. :D
Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Such a beautiful image and concept, you captured everything so fantastically and the scene seems so real like one could be right there watching! Lovely as always dear <3
KlausTeufel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
The dark tone suits the image.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean it should be dark, just not THAT dark
Ghostnous Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Very good one!
Euxiom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Swell idea and scene. :la: I love it.
Lauffeuer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what an impressive piece of work! The idea is exceptional and so is all the detail work.
Peepook Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
you spelled shield wrong
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I didn't. I don't know what you're talking about.

HEY so tell me what you think, look at the chair he's sitting on, the back part of it by his left shoulder: On the cintiq I can pretty easily see the tonal difference between it and the wall behind it.

Can you see it easily or is it too dark? I'm freaking out, I don't know if I should re calibrate either my laptop or the cintiq. The cintiq is on default.
Peepook Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
chair may be tad dark still (on my iPad), but the guy bothers me more though.... he's so insanely bright that it looks like there's something wrong with it... since his arms are forward, shouldn't there be cast shadows on his other arm or sumfink? also his left hand -- don't think fingers would be lit up like that due to its angle against the window. last thing, don't think floor should be the lightest area.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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