Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ichabod America!



With the SCOTUS, legalizing the right to same-sex marriage, many feel left betrayed, confounded, despondent and even angry at the recent ruling. Although tragic, I don’t see why there any reason to be paranoid about this decision.  My two cents on homosexuality and the issue?  

Given the fact that we live in an autonomous culture, whose laws, unfortunately, are dictated heteronomously by the powerful few, this was really no surprise, but inevitable - Although a little late than anticipated!  I’ve been saying this all along that people really need to get over this myth of the US being a Christian nation. Neither can she be considered a Democracy any longer in the strictest sense, but an Oligarchy in the making! It was anyone’s guess what would entail when they removed God from the equation some time ago. With man now the new ‘measure of all things’ and our postmodern (quite a fancy word right!) perspective of life, it wouldn’t take long till we redefined everything under the sun. It’s been rightly said that, postmodernists are deconstructionists, in whose attempt to redefine life, meaning and purpose, they have deconstructed society and culture as a whole. Any surprise what’s happening with the change of laws on every facet of life? Talk about virtue and values without having anything to hang it on!

Thanks to the media and its partisans the befuddled masses have got it wrong on two premises. The masses are being misled into believing that the issue of sexual orientation is a matter of Love and acceptance, and an equal rights issue. Love, really! (By which they actually mean Erotomania). Like I mentioned elsewhere, that unlike the Greek, there is only one word for ‘love’ in the English language, and even that, unfortunately, has lost its meaning in our zeitgeist! Won’t delve into the details, but please refer to my past post on what constitutes love and its definitions under the title ‘Agape’.

On the notion of equal rights, I must say, I am baffled and don’t quite understand since when does ones sexual preference become a case of discrimination and equal rights? Well what about those who orient toward, Pederasty, Incest, Polygamy and Bestiality etc?  Have they forgotten that every individual, including homosexuals, under the constitution already have the unalienable right to be treated with respect and dignity? We understand no one dare violate any individual’s personal worth and dignity. We are not debating that! But one’s sexual orientation, unlike once ethnicity and race (which are sacred), isn’t intrinsic to the individual. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support Homosexual claims of this behavior being congenital. Quite the converse is true with overwhelming evidence to the contrary! So, it behooves the question, if ethnicity and sexuality are equally sacred, how does one sacralize one and desacralize the other, which has been the pillar and bedrock of human society for ages? Even if given the benefit of the doubt, does ones disposition or proclivity in any way justify ones right to express and impose such behavior? But who cares right!

Malcolm Muggerridge said this, ‘The depravity of man is at once the most empirically viable fact, but at the same time it is the most intellectually resisted.’ And again, ‘it has become abundantly clear in the second half of the twentieth century that Western Man has decided to abolish himself. Having wearied of the struggle to be himself, he has created his own boredom out of his own affluence, impotence out of his own erotomania, vulnerability out of his own strength; himself blowing the trumpet that brings the walls of his own city tumbling down…until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keels over a weary, battered old brontosaurus and becomes extinct.

Read that again! Yet why is it that we don’t want to accept this fact? Well, because it takes us to theological terrains! With the death of God movement Nietzsche rightly articulated, meaning becomes nothing more than one’s own self-interests, pleasures, or tastes. Without God, the world is just stuff, thrown out into space and time, going nowhere, meaning nothing! Been chatting with a really sweet friend from Australia about her philosophy, 'to each his own'. Upon questioning , she admits not having thought enough about moral relativism and its practical ramifications. Post Modernism is nothing new. It is anachronistic to time and has only embellished itself in a new garb in our day and age. One only has to look back at history, to the ’pride and glory’ that was once ancient Rome and Greece, whose haughtiness only brought self-destruction from within, when they thought they were at the zenith of prosperity! I’m afraid history is bound to repeat itself and we are headed down that path. If there really is any truth in the words of prophecies that the end would be like the days of Noah and Lot, then homosexuality as a world phenomenon is only slated to be before we are ripe for judgment. This is why in many ways this historic moment doesn't really surprise us in any way and only stands as a testament to what we've been saying all along. There is a fine line between being Legally right and being morally right. Even though homosexuality is now legal that doesn’t in anyway make it morally right! 

Unfortunately people have and will continue to misconstrue our unacceptance of this behavior as hatred, bigotry and homophobia, but nothing could be further from the truth. You have no idea how capable we are of loving and accepting you guys as you are, and i apologize for those who mean harm. They don't represent us or God's love for you. Any idea what the rainbow stands for and what is the story behind its origins? If in any case anyone thinks we only speak cerebrally without knowing what it is like to have this disposition, it would suffice to know that I was, at two occasions, the hapless victim to those who subscribed to such a lifestyle! As a consequence i grappled with this behavior pattern and had my young mind ravaged under this ‘mistaken identity’ at a tender age, even before I was addicted to porn and introduced to the dangerous world of the occult! That's why my heart goes out for families, especially children who will be hurt the most.  It would be detrimental and tragic to define life by our sexual preferences, when it should be the other way around. I hope you will not be selfish and only consider your self-interests, but reconsider your stance on the issue with a broader perspective and choose to live life responsibly.

As for you America, Ichabod! You don't even realize you are living on past fading glory, which according to prophecies will be restored to Israel, who God chose to provoke with jealousy for a season by prospering another great nation, for doing just that - denying Him!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gaga over Stryper!

Lady Gaga sporting a Stryper T-shirt!
I've never heard her music, but now she has my attention.  
Also remember watching 'Whip it' only because it had something to do with Stryper,
where Ellen Page sports a Stryper T-shirt too. I kinda like the film though.


The legendary band 


No offence, but you can't help notice that the guys look prettier than her...
Seems every Metal band in the 80's were having a great hair day!



Close up of the art from the album 'To Hell With The Devil'
Still trying to figure who drew this. 
Hope to do one for them some day!



The song
'To Hell With The Devil'
I'm sure they regret not making a video for this song




Monday, June 22, 2015

Dark Womb


Really wish i had more time on this.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Dark Womb WIP


Here's the progress for now.
The finished work turned out quite different from this


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Dark Womb and Bitter Tree roughs

Dark Womb 
Had a bad start with another painting, so i decided to work on this sketch instead.
Managed to nail it at the first attempt without thumbnailing it.
For some reason i find sketching a lot less stressful. 


Bitter Tree
Might take this in an entirely different direction digitally
Really hope it turns out well.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hag


Here's the finished Hag image. 
Really glad people like this quick & simple sketch


Monday, June 8, 2015

Daemon Mistrel

Part of Monsters of Porphyra ll for Pathfinder. 
Kinda waded through this as i was taken ill, but somehow mustered the strength to sit upright and finish it. Guess it helps being sick sometimes!





Friday, June 5, 2015

Grisley Minstrel WIP


The finished work turned out way different, thought i'd share the wip before that.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New bestiary wip sketch


Sorry about the picture quality, too lazy to scan...
Anyways colors soon!



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hag WIP



 Part of a series for a Hag based templates. 
Forgot to share this here!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Fatling

Really want thank all of you that been writing to say how much you like my work. I'm humbled to know that you find my work inspiring. Funny how some of you gals are getting a wee bit flirty! ( not a bad thing though ) Anyways thank you for all the love and support. More work soon!



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Obake

Here's the finished work
One of many new set of bestiary for Pathfinder


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Obake WIP

Beginning to like this guy already!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

More details and a few thoughts!



I don’t get the same pleasure from drawing digitally as I do traditionally and, quite honestly, I’d give up digital art for tradition any day! The thing that annoys me about digital is, i see so many people posting so called 'studies' and whatnot, which has quite obviously been digitally traced form superimposed photographs, unbeknownst to the unsuspecting, and oblivious to the fact that not everyone is so na├»ve! It’s innocuous when amateurs do it, but professionals…seriously!? I remember accosting a dear friend who went to the extent of outrightly plagiarizing a sketch (it wasn't even traced) to a Facebook group, clamoring for attention! It’s understandable when situations call for it and one is candid about it, but trying to garner attention to oneself rather than the art makes me personally wary of such people and groups. In doing so you give away a lot more about your true self than you bargained for. I know I sound self-righteous,  it’s just that I've been noticing this trend in my circle and won’t flinch and make no bones about it. So, be true to yourself , do art for art sake and you’ll see how much people appreciate and ‘like‘ you for who you really are. Remember, ‘we are not our gifts’. Love you!




Monday, April 20, 2015

HULK WIP

Here's the initial line work on The Hulk commission 
The finished work looks very different from this.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Full view

Here's the full view of the previous crop 'Blood Magyk - I'll kill you and your dreams tonight' (still in progress). Whose title also threw people into swivets, running for cover, questioning my sanity...Yep.  Guess i really am as fearful as i am charming...like someone commented! Was working on the hands before i lost the file to a crash ( i always save the hands for the last). This version is without the mangled flesh dangling from his right arm....the finished version soon.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New sketch in progress

Quick lines to another alien race character in progress.
Really feels good to be pencilling again. 




Friday, April 10, 2015

Male Wizard

Here's the finished sketch of a male wizard for a new race. 
Really like the comments i got on the sketch. Hope the colours turn out well too!



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pergensia

This is turning out to be a favourite with everyone, especially the ladies.
I guess it isn't bad for a few hours job.
Hope you like this too!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hulk thumbnails

Here are some thumbnails for a Hulk commission.
Can't wait to show you the series of Marvel characters i am working on.
Hope you like these!