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 CA.org might be in any way responsible for this creation. I love CA.org 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 ConceptArt.org community. A small part of me hoped the blatant homosexuality of this guy could fly under the radar of a few CA.org'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 CA.org'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.