Monday, October 11, 2010

U.S.A.!

This is the original idea...

...And here's a more festive one!


Inks, markers, a bit of digital treatment, and a lot of post-adolescent politically-tinged angst.

5 comments:

  1. hahaha very nice, good gesture and nice tension or torment in the character.

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  3. holy shit this one is my favorite! especially the second one with the blue. prob cause it`s more patriotic. amazing design on this one, I really love the way the flag flows in the back!
    about the dissonance of identity and ideas, if you strip off all political connotations (which are just concerned with this very instant in history and therefore easily dismissible) I don`t think it`s such a bad thing, just the way we work. One of my all time fav quotes from my bro Derrida: "coherence in contradiction expresses the force of a desire". reduce every human issue to a sterile theoretical problem! embrace the dissonance! all hail Beelzebub! read that shit:

    http://hydra.humanities.uci.edu/derrida/sign-play.html

    now I have to post something good on my blog instead of the pokemon retrospective I had planned

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  4. Yo that shit is crazy dude! Awesome

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  5. Thanks!!! I think I like the colorful one too. And thanks for the link, Luca; I was actually just re-reading the chapter in Doom Patrols that references Derrida, so I'm excited to check this out. I actually think I agree that the dissonance/anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing; and in any case it isn’t going away so might as well learn to deal with it. That’s where I think it can be a productive force, and it has definitely worked for me as fuel for creation, action, growth, etc; even inspiring this illustration! In many ways I’m just a hopeless idealist, even when I don’t want to be, so maybe I will always be a bit more angsty than average about all this. At least then I get to be a tortured artist! Hot!

    Also, I might actually like to see your take on pokemon, I've always felt pikachu could use a swastika. :)

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