#64 Creigh is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
Animosity and hostility is felt by individuals like Creigh, as the elite ruling parties scurry to hide assets away from such commoners. While this is happening, everyday folk are trying to earn money by working undesirable jobs, whilst securing a footing in an increasingly difficult financial climate. Creigh is part of a species of arachnoids that possess intricate shell patterns and skin textures that have evolved after centuries of consuming a type of large iridescent glow-fly. Their intelligence is as grandiose as their structural hives, yet their economy is driven by secretive greed. Only the lucky few are able to exist away from such mechanisms as contribution tax, by pursuing self-employment and small family ran crafting workshops. Their purple and blue hue has arisen by low levels of radiation that is emitted by their old and darkened sun.
This was a lovely painting to make. Initially the process failed and it became a shambled mess, but eventually something formed. This is a usual occurrence, but sometimes it just dies, this time it worked extremely well. (Again almost ascended because of the colour palette and something that just clicked, but i’ve kept it normal quality.)
#63 Aeqruert Operation is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
Conjoined together in the twisted nether lay the Aeqruert.
They are a gentle set of creatures that wander their planet through a viscous sticky goo, which allows them to travel over their planet swiftly and with wonder. Often finding crystallized caverns they stop to pause and congregate together. Some of the Aeqruert are traders, others are teachers, but some concentrate on medical procedures as we are seeing here. One of their kind is injured and requires a very serious operation in order to fix it. Similar to a heart transplant, spiny armatures plunge into the creatures body and start to cut and stitch any problems away from the injured Aeqruert. Soon after the work is complete they both go on their way and continue to explore their slimy planet.
This is one of my favourite paintings recently due to the high contrast between the blacks and the greens. In creating an almost acidic world, I really enjoyed adding the operation and heart transplant. It was nearlly ascended, but I decided against it at the last minute, although it has a high price bracket. $300 at the time of listing.
#62 Fluemighy is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
These small critters are the size of a small rodent, often kept as pets in royal palaces for the offspring of giants to entertain them. As mundane as goldfish or small insects, the Fluemighy are insignificant sideshows to a bigger and more dominant species of creatures. In their pens, the Fluemighy are seen scuttling about into cavernous structures and other small enclosures, only to emerge, swing from mini exercise frames, and then eat a berry or two that younglings throw to them. Little do they know that the Fluemighy contain some ancient wisdom. Their subjugation allows them a freedom to pursue hobbies that would have never occurred if they were in the wild, hunted and starving. Yet they reproduce, have their own families, and travel to the stars without having to do anything to disrupt the dominance of their masters. Their secret motto is something similar to, “smile, eat, play, live.”
One of my friends said that this looked like a seamonkey, so I decided to make it part of the story. A subset of creatures that are looked after like pets in an even bigger alien society. It’s got a interesting vibe.
#61 Ceztacoatyl is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
The Aztec underworld may be a real place protected by amphibious guardians known as the Ceztacoatyl. These razor clad killing machines are have psychedelic feathery headdresses and a beautiful chromatic aura. They have a strong warlike form with decorative armor plating, often seen patrolling in pairs. They serenely walk around the jade brickwork of the upper levels looking for heretics and other miscreants who do not deserve to be so high up. This world exists like a phased dream because it’s partly in another space in time. Between two worlds and through another one. A staircase to a greater realm of consciousness exists past the Ceztacoatyl with a much more peaceful realm of serenity. Negotiation is almost impossible, and only a pure soul may pass their perception and gaze.
While painting this piece I was happy with the form and colouration. There were a couple of problems with the body shape and the face, but overall I am happy how it turned out. I especially like the strange headdress that came about.
#60 Xemus Siorr is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
Xemus Siorr is a nomadic figure wandering through the astral planes seeking out crime and displacement. Offering its own interesting quirky style of trickery and temporal justice. Similar to a dragon, this supernatural visage strikes fear and awe into the hearts of men, but the intentions are always pure and entertaining. Lavish jewels adorn its great beard, like a chandelier glimmering hope to anyone who meets with this god. On Xemus Siorr’s many missions it meets with lost and depraved souls who have perhaps befallen to deception, its mission is to discover the truth, root out evil, and fix the problems caused by liars and cheats. One such quest resulted in a time-shift and an alteration in physics, which restored justice fully, but gave rise to a plethora of dark and twisted universes that bubbled up on the back of this predicament. Leading to a future of even more lies to fix.
“ To approach Xemus is to accept the end.
To embrace Xemus is to revive.
To mock Xemus is to die. ”
This is one of my favourite paintings of recent. I adore the dragon-esque looking figure and his beard just sets it off as something interesting. Characters that have multiple spiderlike eyes is also something that sets another tone, so overall this is a really good piece.
#59 Walking Horror is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
This twisted shambling wreck rushes forward with a barren gaze during the evening. It is silent and invisible by day, but colossal and red, with chromatic flecks upon nightfall. The walking horror climbs all manner of structures to find its prey, using highly specialized limbs and senses to detect life through walls. This particular monster is as disgusting as it is unbelievable. It subjugates entire cities now paralyzed by newspaper driven fear. It seeks high ranking nobles and those with wealth. Perhaps a genetically designed killing machine, there is almost nothing to oppose this abomination. Motivated by a hunger to feed on the living, it is believed to crouch down and attach itself to a victims head as it drinks the entire bodily fluid of the poor chosen wretch. As dawn breaks it escapes through the same ventilation shaft that it came through, leaving behind a crumbled blackened husk. This is perhaps the creation of a rival faction having created the perfect demon.
While making this painting, I was looking to create a lurching demonic form that would perhaps walk around a world as an abhorrent creature similar to a monstrous wasp. It kinda worked and I’m happy with the absolute darkness on it.
#58 Magister Alecccuez is a psychedelic digital painting based on feelings and interpretation of this news article:
On the dawn of a new day a grand prophecy was told. An order to push on with the construction of another elaborate centre for justice was made. With the best intentions, but an increasing reliance on harsh brutal punishments, the development of such places is vital to the continued dominance of the wise few. Their governing power serves a wonderful purpose in that it offers structure. It is in this oppressive hierarchy that order has been established among the dispossessed and unbound members of their populace. In time rules will soften, but establishing discipline first is important in times of darkness and insecurity. The magister known as Alecccuez is one member of an elite council of adjudicators that is actively engaged in judicial practices and visionary ideas to help mold a perfect and just society. Alecccuez is mentally strong enough to also conceal the horrors, monsters, and darkness of the universe from his species.
Originally this was meant to look completely different to the final form. I envisaged something like a computer user, but as most of my work seems to take me on a strange tangent these days I expected as much. Having a kind of seer figure peering into a crystal ball is always interesting, but for me the clothing pushes it over the edge. I like the psychedelic robes. Almost an ascended piece.