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Sea God by adrius15
Sea God

After dinner, the townsfolk invited me to Sunday mass. Though not especially religious myself, honoring God for my survival and rescue seemed prudent.

I will admit that I never paid much attention in church as a child, but I do not remember God being a bizarre amalgamation of sea beasts.

The chapel had no clear symbols of Protestant or Papist allegiance, with nary a cross or Virgin Mary in sight. Instead, the main decorations were unsettling marine features- carved tentacles wrapped around the pillars in exquisite detail as colossal ribs formed vaulted arches.

The service never dwelt on love or mercy for very long- the Sea has no moral compass, for good or ill, and all the offerings in the world could not save the town from a cataclysmic storm. Nonetheless, the Sea deserves respect, and I gathered that I should not blaspheme it.

The hymns were solemn dirges sung by the town’s oldest men, with only the barest hint of joy or triumph. Despite the language barrier, I understood the message- the Sea does not care if we live or die, but that is not an excuse to forsake responsibility.

It is a call to create something meaningful despite the Sea.

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Part of a larger story thing I'm working on, posted over on my blag, responsible-reanimation.tumblr.com.

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Styborski Twins by adrius15
Styborski Twins

The Styborski Twins, done in a much more interesting pose!

I liked the original premise because I’m a fan of goblins and extremely Eastern European names and twins completely in sync with each other, but damn it was a boring, static pose.

I like working in this kind of thick-line Saturday-morning-cartoon style, it’s just such a blast to go wild with stylization and coloring.

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Elephantine Ecumenopolis by adrius15
Elephantine Ecumenopolis

On my fourth day in the desert, I came across a colossal elephant that paid no mind to the square-cube law. On its back was a small city, mostly in the Byzantine or Mohammedan style. I was hailed and welcomed- the residents are clearly used to meeting strange travelers.

The people were very welcoming and hospitable, inviting me to worship with them. The temple had the trappings and imagery of Islam, but the service bore no relation to anything Abrahamic- as far as I could tell, it centered around nature spirits whose names I was not allowed to transcribe.

The buildings in the inner sections had architecture at least seven centuries old, remarkably well-preserved by the desert air. I couldn’t investigate very much since I needed a guide with me, and the guide refused to take me to the city’s heart.

This theme was constant through the visit: I was accepted as a guest, but I received hostile glares if I asked too many questions or dug too deep. I suppose they have experience dealing with spies and saboteurs.

For my own self-preservation, I left after spending one night. Before I left I was inspected for any artifacts I may have stolen, after which I received a hearty goodbye and a free canteen.

I have never seen this elephant since my visit, and I cannot find any records of it in local histories; the only proof I have of my visit is a small beaded trinket and the canteen. The attached sketch was created from memory; I do not claim that it perfectly captures the true scale or style of the city.

If anyone can corroborate my story, please send me a letter. Ironclad proof that I have not gone mad is always appreciated.


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Enlightenment and Fugue by adrius15
Enlightenment and Fugue

Fugue is the warden of everything humanity doesn’t or shouldn’t know. He grows stronger whenever a secret is forgotten, and weaker when it’s discovered again. All the glyphs on his body are just decoys, plausible-sounding but nonsensical.

Enlightenment is the sum of all knowledge and wisdom condensed into an unfathomably dense point, hellbent on spreading what she knows without considering if should be known at all.

They’re bound together to keep each other in check: Enlightenment compulsively spreads both beautiful and horrifying truth, and Fugue hoards both useful and dangerous knowledge.

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Wrath by adrius15
Wrath

I drew Wrath as he’s described in the play Faustus for a school assignment!
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"I am Wrath. I had neither father nor mother: I

leapt out of a lion’s mouth when I was scarce an hour old;

and ever since have run up and down the world with this

case of rapiers, wounding myself when I could get none to

fight withal. I was born in hell; and look to it, for some of

you shall be my father.”
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Some of my favorite artists are Jen Zee, Nils Hamm, Igor Kieryluk, and Ai Weiwei.

I am a self-taught digital artist who, in retrospect, probably should have gotten Photoshop instead of Flash. Whatever, it's a moot point now.
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I felt bad about letting my Tumblr lie dead after finishing Infection, so I rechristened it as an all-purpose art blog. Give it a look over at thoughtcrimestudios.tumblr.com…
  • Listening to: MF Doom
  • Reading: Things Fall Apart
  • Eating: Bow-tie pasta

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numbah11 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i see you went to my page. it's nice to see you have taken interest. u wu
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DinaDee64 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Happy Birthday!!! I wish I could give you points, but have a awesome day anyways!
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madcomm Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I could just say "happy birthday" and move on, having just stated something so formal for something so special. 

But I won't. Because if I did, it'd probably end up with a "happy bday" => "thanks" => never talk again.

Actually, no. I'll tell you happy birthday. I'll wish you a happy new year. I'll pray for your wellbeing. And ask to be friend.

In that order.

Happy birthday sir. May the force be with you, and may you have all your wishes come to conclusion.

Drop by for a convo, perhaps even a rp or a chat or two, and make a new friend.

And have a nice day ;)
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Retro-Head Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BDAY :iconbigheartplz::iconrainbowbummiecakeplz::iconbigheartplz:
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DinaDee64 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Your birthday is almost here! How exciting! : D
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notchthegreat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I hear your Birthday is coming up.  Any requests I could fill?  I can do Gmod, Pencil, or Pixel Art.
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adrius15 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How nice of you!

Pixel art sounds nice, subject matter is your choice. :3
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notchthegreat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm at a loss of what to make for you...
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notchthegreat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jerk, making me have to use my brain...  I'll think of something.
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Britus-Kurosaki Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Artist
I love Infection!
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