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Pink Paladin

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:51 pm
by Matt Dixon
Not sure if you guys dig this kind of goulash, but I haven't posted anything around these parts in a long while, so what the heck - you can always spit it back into the bowl.


Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 2:10 pm
by philwms
Liked your website, too... You indicate you now work mostly digital... Painter? Got'a be... :)

I'm going the other way. Been digital for about 15 years and now going back to oils... :shock:

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:13 pm
by ZidaneTheKing
It's cool looking, but the giant cod-piece bothers me.

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:27 pm
by Hyptosis
wicked matt, totally dig how he's holding his sword =P

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:40 pm
by andrew fulton
that's great, it's like Tom of Warhammer 40k.
Is that a pierced codpiece he has?
Is this a one off piece, or is it part of a larger thing?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:53 pm
by Hyptosis
This screams 'conceptart's fault' but I'm just guessing here.

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:26 pm
by Matt Dixon
Phil - Actually, I'm a Photoshop guy. Me and Painter fell out around version 5.5 and we've never got it back together. What is with that interface?! Interesting to hear of someone going against the trend in illustration. You're a true salmon, Phil, and for that you have my admiration. Really liking what I've seen of your work.

Zidane - Ah. Superficially, we're faced with a generic space marine in pink armour, yet the piece seems to challenge something deeper. Ask why the giant codpiece bothers you...

Hyptosis - Cheers. I'm pleased you picked up on that. :)

Andrew F - Maybe pierced, maybe us 21st Century guys see it that way, when really it's an emergency waste sump dangleberry that we'd all be familiar with in 2516. It's a one off. Being honest, I love full on, balls out fantasy and sci-fi stuff, but there's a part of me that knows it's desperately uncool and tries to justify my cheesy paintings by poking fun at the genre stereotypes. So in terms of my psychological rehabilitation, definately a larger thing.

Hyptosis ( again ) - Not sure what you mean by that, but I'd love to know if you catch this post. I'm far too old to have had my personal tastes shaped by any facet of the internet, if you're suggesting that might be in any way responsible for this creation. I love dearly, but it provides stimulation and inspiration in equal measure to humour and sometimes even downright stupidity. This piece is an attempt to parody the generic homoeroticism that might occasionally be celebrated by certain sections of the community. A small part of me hoped the blatant homosexuality of this guy could fly under the radar of a few'ers and achieve critical acclaim alongside the Gears of War bum boys, though I was clearly a little naive in that respect. Certainly a lack of ( posted ) acknowledgement of what I was trying to acheive has led me to post here, so it's's 'fault' from that point of view, if that was what you meant...

Thanks for the replies. Just to be clear, this guy is intended to appear gay, though hopefully not quite stereotypical enough for the viewer to be entirely sure. Some clues do play on the hetrosexual community's stereotypes of the gay man, but others are more subtle, even obtuse. The symbol below his lower right knee mirrors the Royal Navy's cuff stripes for 'rear admiral'. The runes on the sword blade, when individually rotated through the correct increment of 90, 180 or 270 degrees can be made to read 'GAY BEAR YMCA'. The sword hilt has obvious phallic overtones, further exaggerated by the presence of two screwhead 'balls' at the base of the 'shaft'. More subliminal clues include the discarded bottles of ginger beer ( cockney rhyming slang for 'queer' ) on the ground, the oversized cybernetic fist ( commonly associated with gay sex ), and the ironic inclusion of a crucifix as both a symbol of oppression and acceptance in that the church publically condemns homosexuals, while employing a great many gay, or latently homosexual clergy men and women.

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:39 pm
by andrew fulton
I spent ages staring at those runes, wondering if they meant anything, missed that entirely.
It is a great painting, it has life to it, something that seems to get drained completely from this kind of overwrought fantasy/sci-fi gear.
I think you may have overplayed your hand though, if you wanted this to appear 'not quite stereotypical enough', that guys not going to fly under anyone's gaydar.

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:47 pm
by Matt Dixon
Yeah, perhaps the pink armour was a step too far. Subtlety has never been a strong point of mine...

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 5:56 pm
by Blom
Nice to see work made in RL, so I hope you show more of this kind of work. It looks cool, both colors and style. I have to digg into your site and look at more of your work. :)

Have you used original Runes or is that made up. Alot of the Runes they got still is old taggings in churches... and there is a thing that never changes. They tell about who they hate or love, or I was here kind of stuff... like the stuff that you find everywere today.. but don`t tell this to anyone it`s a big secret that the don`t tell the people who visit the country. ;)