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May 23rd, 2006 #1
CHOW #26 - VOTING - Bataka Rai - 1st CA
Yet words and pictures are now worthless… GODS are HAPPY; I CAN START TO FORGET YOU ALL!
So here we are… the end of this.
When I posted the topic.. I knew little about all this. Last week though… I took the trip to Egypt and got to know this wonderful and history/concept heavy place.
I’m sorry that the drawings some of you have submitted are not really to the usual CHOW quality levels. The stories are amazing.
Taken to the poll are only few.
i’ve seen pictures o Horrus in your drawings and not Amun Ra – the guy with the sun on his head.. it’s not RA.. but that is not important.
Last night in Egypt… wind was going on so strong under the hundreds of doors in my hotel, that it sounded like all the pharaohs were crying. I could not check in the morning if all the markings on the tombs have changed or not.
I had a sick nightmare that night.
Now… let’s see… who is the one closer… to lose his reality? .
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Bataka Rai was always an introverted man. He preferred to sit in some secluded corner of the courtyard and dream up imaginary worlds rather than partake of the real world. He fashioned wondrous gods and monsters and he loved each of his creations dearly. They were like his children. Eventually, after years of immersing himself in his art, his creations began to become more real than the people around him. He started to believe that the world he was living in was an illusion and that the real world was that where his gods dwelt – the afterlife. He spent years perfecting this world; fashioning creatures for it, giving them lives names and personalities. Then, when it was perfect he finally let himself become a part of it.
The son of Djoser's favorite Hem Netjer (a common priest title), Bataka Rai was born during the third dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt. The child was gifted with an uncanny imagination, and his father often drew upon the lore his son created to entertain the pharaoh, after reciting the sacred words to him. As a child, Bataka Rai would draw on the dirt -for papyrus was reserved for official documents and religious texts- by the temple doors as he would await the return of his father from his daily duties. It was here that Djoser, the pharaoh, came to recognize the image the child drew from that of his dreams: a face brilliant and magnificent and holy, Ra himself.
Djoser brought the child into his home, and treated him as his own son, but the boy who was shy felt ever estranged from the luxurious life that surrounded him. Throughout his education, Bataka Rai concentrated all his efforts in putting his dreams to papyrus, now readily available to him. During his artistic education he became acquainted with Imothep, the great architect. Imothep would become the forger of Bataka Rai's dreams. Bataka Rai the designer, would set down what would become the face of Egypt, and Imothep would see to it that it was built. While they became fast friends; Bataka Rai also felt their differences keenly. Imothep was outgoing and socially inclined, and he eventually became recognized and highly awarded for his work. Bataka Rai, who tended to be taciturn, became arrogant and bitter, and remained widely unknown. Slowly he withdrew from the real world and submerged himself into his own, a world filled with fantastic creatures; beloved friends who were always there at the merest summoning thought.
Devoted to the memory of Bataka Rai.
In his prime many people saw Bataka Rai as a visionary. He was highly valued by royalty, not only did earning their respect, but also a hefty profit from his services. As his reputation grew, so did his fantasy, commissioning numerous tailors and craftsmen to dress him in outfits shown carved into stone.
His futuristic look was considered very risque by many, and some disapproved of his feminine inclinations. He created such a wonderous facade and felt the need to conceal his real identity, spending days at a time working in solitude, accompanied only by his cats. He began to fear ever letting anyone get close to him, for they would realise he's nothing more than an everyday man. Fame was not what he expected and fear soon turned to paranoia.
Alongside his corpse lay a bounty of carvings and rows of garments. In his honour sprung a new Egypt.
This image depicts Bataka Rai at its best. At 18 he has just finished his master piece, the image of Ra, he had created 5 years ago. This piece made for the Pharaoh's tomb marks the wide acceptance of Ra, the Sun God. This god is now fashionable and everyone wants to possess the symbols created by Bataka.
Leading a good life, he creates Ra images and Symbols, in walls, jewelery and clothes. He is one of the most important people bellow the Pharaoh himself.
He now starts to understand how easy it is to manipulate everyone around him and he is happy because he gets what he wants, but he starts to think how futile and stupid people are, and that bothers him.
20years old Bataka Rai was very attractive young man which loved design and girls (like me). Than he started thinking how to be greatest lover in Egypt. All pretty egyptian girls were maniacs to fashion, they wanted to have beautiest clothes,make-up, jewelry and everything what can Bataka could designed. Than he redesigned his first sketch of Ra and make from him sex-idol, all girls loved cool god with big bird ..... sorry, with big bird head. But he wasn´t real , than the second coolest guy in egypt was his creator Bataka. Then He became greatest lover as he want. He and his girl fanclub founded the most popular fashion agency in the acient Egypt.
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May 23rd, 2006 #3
Voted for rawad because I like the sketchy style and the colours.
Cognition.sb- nice piece, like the rendering but I don't find it very interesting and his face looks a little flat, maybe because of the picture size.
carotello- nice drawing, i like the cartoony style. Don't like the Papyrus in the back so much...
Cumquat- like your piece too, but seems it could go a little further, though i know the time is little.
EDIT: there are some pieces missing in the poll, is there a reason for that? Just asking....
May 23rd, 2006 #4
Was just reading your post Oblio and you say that the guy with the Sun in the head is not Ra, I think you are talking about my image... I did look up stuff in the internet and that image came up in severall places for the god RA (first page that came up in a Google seach: http://members.aol.com/egyptart/ra.html)
Also you are talking of Amun Ra in this post, but in the initial thread you said Ra, wich is different from Amun Ra, the last was a "fusion" of the gods Amun and Ra.
At least that's what I read when I investigated in the net... if i'm wrong please somebody correct me...
May 23rd, 2006 #5
this is pretty uprising, I hope I get an explaination soon on why my entry wasn't included! and I don't think "not usual CHOW quality" really is enough.
in any case, Cumquat is the one that captured me this round, I reckon it's that wonderful expression. technically everyone did great (except me appearantly! >: ( )
May 23rd, 2006 #6
mine isn't here too. I'm kinda suprised ! Hey, you forgot two people here ! (Look like i'm in the same crew as croovman)
May 23rd, 2006 #7Originally Posted by voraz
Anyway, voted for Carotello. Rawwad was a close second.
May 23rd, 2006 #8
Yo Wtf !
Why Do You Dont Post My Final ?!
May 23rd, 2006 #9
I dun want to work for nothing..
May 23rd, 2006 #10
Personally, I treat these things as a learning experience mostly. Art is good at my school, but it's not the same environment as this community. I think that the best thing about CA.org is that it's full of proffessionals and people who are really really talented, so if the guys in charge don't want to let standards slip, it's ok.
Pointers for the future as regards my final, would be helpful if anyone has something to share.
I voted for rawwad because I really like the energy in the sketch, and it's carried through really nicely to the final, especially with the lighting. I love it.
I really like the rendering in cognition's work, especially on the clothes around the torso, sweet.
Cumquat's is cool because it really captures the emotion of the moment, and I really like the colours and the way the light falls across the scene.
I didn't think I was going to like Carotello's from the sketch (just my opinion) but the colour work is really phenominal and it's turned out fantastic. Nice one.
It's ok about being cut. I was a little pissed at first, it kinda feels like I've wasted time and effort, but it doesn't matter. I like the quality you find around here.
Crooveman, I liked your sketch by the way, great idea, facial expression and anatomy. I want to improve my work in those areas, and I'd have liked to have seen yours go further.
Last edited by vaughany_boy; May 24th, 2006 at 04:22 AM.
May 23rd, 2006 #11
Wow...I think it's a shame there are so few entries here. Hopefully the next one will be more populated. Thanks to those who liked my thing. I voted for rawwad, I do like the sketch a lot, just next time include the feet :-)
May 23rd, 2006 #12
List of people being LEFT OUT
First of all,
carotello _ no wonder there a so few entries...
vaughanyboy _ you shouldnt say something like that. WE worked for our art, just as much as the others did. Even if our work doesn't match the professional level, it DESERVES to be rated and viewed by other art-lovers.
I already thought it was strange that the deadline got extended without warning. But leaving people out is just very dissapointing. Oblio, was it just a mistake or what?
But since the poll already started, I guess we can all only watch...
Anyway, here's my share:
Bataka Rai, a 13-year old traveler . He's always traveling from town to town with his best friend "Ra". (the bird) Bataka is a friendly boy who loves animals. He doesn't remember his past, no one does.
In order to keep living, he works as a designer for everything each time they arrive at a new town. In exchange he receives materials and food as payment. Because his designs are loved by all who sees it, he sometimes receives valuable materials such like gold. With the materials he can make his own clothes, bags and jewelry for himself and "Ra".
The boy is a living legend. He has talented eyes for designing. People who has seen him tells about his pure, golden eyes. Like jewels.
The day Bataka Rai drew the god "Ra", he was captured by the pharaoh. After that, he was forced to work for the pharaoh to accomplish a new age. The age reverred as the "Golden Age". A new culture and gods were born.
However, Bataka never felt unhappy. He also never accepted any gifts or payment from the pharaoh. His bird died when Bataka was in his mid 20's, when the world was established.
A few years later, Bataka finally asked for his payment. It was to set free all the animals owned by the pharaoh. His last words were "Egypt doesn't need me anymore". After that, he dissapeared without a trace. People thinks it's a suicide because only his clothes were found.
So says the history...
May 23rd, 2006 #13
True, an explanation would have been nice. I'm not going to post my stuff here though, see the other thread