New Art: The End Came Swiftly

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The End Came Swiftly, Digital Drawing, [28X32″ at 300 dpi)] 2014. Click to see the image sized for your monitor.

This one is quite sci-fi, with a bit of a retro flavor. I did this working just from my imagination and with no preconceived idea. It’s an old technique of mine, and the same one I used in my charcoal drawings of more than twenty years ago. The title refers to the ending of the original film version of the War of the Worlds. After the Martian ships had defeated human armies, they succumbed to an illness from a bacteria. This movie made a huge impression on me when I was a kid. But in 2014, as Climate Talks are underway, our own species is poised on the brink of self-annihilation. It’s hard nowadays to think of the extinction of an intelligent species without our own civilization coming to mind. I decided to use that quote as the title because I see the object in front with the eye as a downed craft, but I don’t intend it as an illustration of War of the Worlds, and there are other plausible interpretations, including that more than one creature or ship is engaged in a struggle.

I see a crashed, alien, biomechanoid, along with other creatures or parts of them, and it smells like the aftermath of a battle. The image occupies a territory somewhere between realism and abstraction.


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