The illustration style of your work feels a little empty of feeling. It doesnt really suck me in. The way you paint the characters works but I cant help but be turned off by the subject matter. Maybe its because I went through my dark gore phase and moved into something a little lighter. Ive been trying, for some time, to decide what kind of people would dig a book of this subject matter and I think it would be someone with a lot of demons themselves; people who are seeking the answer to their pain. Those who dont need that answer wouldnt care for it as much as someone who lives that pain. Art is really telling in that sense. I watch my own work and what I create and see how my own demons spill out into my work and sketches. As I progress spiritually in life and heal those pains I find my work gains much more brilliance and life.
Thats just some food for thought. I say keep going with it all and let it take you where it will and reveal to you what it must. The aum poses are nice, you may want to make them more brilliant. Its cool that you did paint those though. Spiritually speaking darkness can never damage what is right, bright, and true. It can only draw attention to itself. The practice about meditation is like a battle between dark and light but it isnt about one side winning or the other. Its about seeing that they exist in you in that moment and you make a choice. When I see the cleaver going into the character that represents meditation, it suggests to me that attention has been stolen by a dark thought. The goal then would be to bring yourself back to that meditative freedom.
You may have a goal with your story that I cannot see but I would suggest thinking about what you want to bring to the world. If you understand law of attraction at all then you should consider what you are currently attracting to yourself. Ive observed the way you write posts to people and I can see the backlash that happens immediately. The energy you put in you get back. This story has so much potential to enlighten and enrich someones life but that is a conscious creative choice you would need to make. It also has the power to once again tell them how ugly and painful existence and their life can be. Ask yourself if thats what you would want others to give you and constantly tell you.
It's a shame that you have the whole "I'm up there with the big people" attitude. You're a decent artist, but I'd have so much more respect for you and your art if you acted as what you are; an artist just like all of us trying to make a career out of his interest. One that has such a long road still ahead of him and so many points left to improve on. I'll be honest here; I don't consider you a "great artist". I don't think many people will. It would be a good thing for you to realise that and change your attitude accordingly.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you're wrong on all accords. You've often said things that are right, the amount of thanks you've got support this. That doesn't change the fact however that the way in which you generally bring your views to the world could be worked on quite a bit.
What's wrong with being nice anyway?
Last edited by Lhune; March 14th, 2010 at 05:09 PM.
Ego can actually hinder our growth to the point that we miss the very gift we have been given. Rather than see the truth of everything you see only the truth of what your ego prefers us to see. Typically this is because we become identified with being a certain way
Everything is a spiritual comment. But do you have eyes to see what they are? Our lives are reflections of our inner world and what we create is no different. You are going through growth always. You specifically are working through something with the book. If the purpose of the book is to question how psychopaths play a role in the human experience then you are obviously concerned with what it means to be a psychopath. This should show you that you are identified with being viewed as one and as an outcast. a book like this is your way of asking to grow beyond what you are, without knowing it. You may say the reason is one thing or the other but realize it all comes back to you and your perception. The book is basically a thought manifesting. The spiritual truth doesnt get more obvious than that. I think the problem comes when we dont know we are spiritual beings and, as Lhune said, dont think you need to grow.
You may have received thanks but those do not really give you anything in your life except an ego boost. The real measure is the fruit your efforts bare. If your fruit is abundant then you are giving abundant fruit. If your fruit is poor in quality or even sour then that is what you must receive.
Anyway I hope you dont think of this as a judgement. You should trust that I can see things from a perspective unique to you and share what is true from this perspective. You of course have your own truth based on your own experience but dont let that get in the way of yourself discovering something new just because it doesnt fit comfortably for you.
Spirituality includes all things, so there is no gene that is without spirit. All things are spirit. Spirituality is the practice of deepening your relationship with life. Science is about seeing the truth of things. The truth is you are connected to all things. Anyway if you woke up a little great, if not, no worries. Do what you gotta do.
Hi, I think that pages could work better if you sacrify more time on thumbnail drawings. I have feeling that you want to achieve extreme experience with colors, symbols, concept etc but compositional structure of images leave pretty static.
Your newest page works well enough. I'm a little concerned about the testicle crushing part, not in subject matter (well, yes, in subject matter! ), but rather that it looks like a sport more than a forced event. Like sumo wrestling or something. Maybe some armed guards nearby could help to project this is a forced event. Up to you.
We were assigned to write our own scripts to begin with. After the script approval he told us to draw each page layout three times, on cheap paper, with a LARGE SHARPIE. It took me a while to understand, but the idea behind this project was to be concerned with only the layout. Using a large Sharpie pen forced us to become less concerned with anything but looking at each panel abstractly. I feel that this improved my work for the assignment quite a bit.
Just food for thought. Take it or leave it!
"She took the ice cube trays out of the freezer. What kind of a sick bitch takes the ice cube trays out of the freezer?"