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#61 Posted : 5/2/2021 8:30:12 PM

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A few more looks:
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#62 Posted : 5/3/2021 6:52:40 PM

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Movie Alert!

This one is called The Arc of the Moral Universe.

Sculpted, painted and rendered 100% within ZBrush.

Video size: 1920x1080

Music by The Mysterious Dr. FatStax

Stills and much more to follow:

 
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#63 Posted : 5/4/2021 4:23:03 AM

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The Arc of the Moral Universe (Clay Renders)

Because the arc of the moral universe bends not toward justice, but entropy. It's a circle of snakebeasts, driven by greed, devouring itself to extinction.
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#64 Posted : 5/4/2021 7:16:01 PM

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If the message is somehow vague or unclear, I'm not a big fan of the NRA, or of fetishized gun worship in general.
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#65 Posted : 5/5/2021 6:33:54 PM

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Baby Romaine (from The Arc of the Moral Universe)

I'm ready for my close up, Mr. LaPierre.

Many have asked, "Hey Art... Just what the hell is going on with her skin?"

Rude question. But it's eczema, freckles and melanoma, if it's any of your goddamn beeswax.

In any case, she's not bad; she's just drawn that way.

She's killin' with cuteness... (and a semi-automatic assault rifle bought at a swap meet in Tallahassee).
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#66 Posted : 5/6/2021 7:03:16 PM

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Snake Head Magee (from The Arc of the Moral Universe)

It's a circular curse, sanctified by profit (and like all things American, racism...), forever hardwired into the landscape as a daily fact of life.

And around and around it goes.
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#67 Posted : 5/7/2021 4:14:52 PM

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Something for the gun nuts (from The Arc of the Moral Universe)
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#68 Posted : 5/8/2021 6:36:26 PM

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A rare artist statement from Mr. Van D'lay, discussing motivations, hidden symbols, meaning and the like:

You are welcome to disagree with the message. Feel free to offer a rebuttal argument (in sculptural form only).


 
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#69 Posted : 5/9/2021 6:34:11 PM

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Alright, then. On to the next.

Muerte - for William S. Burroughs (2017)

"The boy is smiling now, and pointing to the black space between the pinwheels as they sputter out, and the blackness spreads wide as all the world, and then he knew, that was where he was going".

- William S. Burroughs - Where He Was Going, from Tornado Alley
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Seeingisbelieving
#70 Posted : 5/10/2021 5:41:05 AM

so and so from wherever whenever


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Post up a close up of that pinwheel!
 
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#71 Posted : 5/10/2021 4:52:36 PM

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Seeingisbelieving wrote:
Post up a close up of that pinwheel!


You got it.
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#72 Posted : 5/10/2021 6:00:59 PM

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Muerte without Background (2017)
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#73 Posted : 5/11/2021 5:15:36 PM

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And without paint:
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#74 Posted : 5/12/2021 4:59:59 PM

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Painted Skull (from Muerte)
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#75 Posted : 5/12/2021 9:28:05 PM

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I was hoping for a closeup of the skull. I had a feeling a LOT of detail was lost from the wider angle. Beautiful to the dopest degree!
“You think that’s air you’re breathing?” -Morpheus
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Running around for us all to know, noticing isn’t what makes it so... -Avett Brothers
 
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#76 Posted : 5/13/2021 3:31:48 AM

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Metta-Morpheus wrote:
I was hoping for a closeup of the skull. I had a feeling a LOT of detail was lost from the wider angle. Beautiful to the dopest degree!


Thankee much. He's done in the back as well.

This is a cool little something.

Below is a Tipper set from Suwanee Hulaween 2018. Oozing in at the 6:45 mark is Muerte, as re-mixed by Johnathan Singer.

Also got used at the Hollywood Bowl Dead and Co. shows in 2019.






 
Seeingisbelieving
#77 Posted : 5/13/2021 5:22:59 AM

so and so from wherever whenever


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Hey art I have questions for you.

What has DMT done for your creative mind and how has it influenced your artwork? Would you say it has helped you make these mind scapes? Do you draw your visions while under the influence?
I watched that old school R. Crumb documentary the other day and couldn't help but draw comparisons to your work which should be taken as a HUGE compliment. I know that sounds idiotic lol

DMT makes me hyper creative and I do not understand why this website is not flooded with more artwork. It's a damn shame that others aren't sharing. I want to see your sketch book.Shocked
 
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#78 Posted : 5/13/2021 3:19:51 PM

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Metta-Morpheus wrote:
I was hoping for a closeup of the skull. I had a feeling a LOT of detail was lost from the wider angle. Beautiful to the dopest degree!
Yes it is, reminds me of the huichol beads artworks
https://www.google.com/s...mp;biw=1920&bih=938
 
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#79 Posted : 5/13/2021 5:54:57 PM

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Seeingisbelieving wrote:
Hey art I have questions for you.

What has DMT done for your creative mind and how has it influenced your artwork? Would you say it has helped you make these mind scapes? Do you draw your visions while under the influence?
I watched that old school R. Crumb documentary the other day and couldn't help but draw comparisons to your work which should be taken as a HUGE compliment. I know that sounds idiotic lol

DMT makes me hyper creative and I do not understand why this website is not flooded with more artwork. It's a damn shame that others aren't sharing. I want to see your sketch book.Shocked


Good questions - and the R. Crumb comparison isn't idiotic at all; it's an astute observation from one artist to another. He was definitely a large early art influence on me. I was all up in the underground comix as a kid, and Crumb, along with Gilbert Shelton and a couple others most certainly helped shape the direction my art took both then and now.

Regarding your larger question, I'll answer with the caveat that I don't like to proselytize. Mileage may vary, but I'll share my personal experiences for whatever they're worth.

I drew a fair amount as a kid and then stopped when I reached adulthood. I was 42 when I arrived at The Nexus, and I hadn't had a creative outlet for a bunch of years by then. I thought that part of my life was just over (and I grieved the loss, quite honestly), and then DMT blew up in my face like an existential time bomb.

After my initial experiences, I felt the danger of losing my mind as an actual, tangible possibility. I couldn't talk about it (other than here), couldn't begin to wrap my mind around it, and had no way to put into words the absolute lunacy of it all.

I had a two year old at home at the time, and she had a little art table. She was always wanting to draw with me and I was always resistant, but then one night as I was in the midst of all this I said yes and reluctantly joined her. Eventually she went to bed and I kept drawing all night. The next morning I asked her if we could do it again that night after dinner, and that was really it for me. It really is just that simple. One day I was not an artist, and the next day I was, and still am.

Being an artist is in the doing. The mechanics come slowly over time. That was 12 years ago, and I've been grinding away for 3-4 hours just about every night ever since.


One of my first posts here was in an art thread trying to nail down the aesthetics of the experience. I said then that what I'd seen in there made me wish that I could paint. Well, now I can a little bit, and all it took was a psychedelic grenade going off in my face and then 15,000 hours of practice.

That grenade changed my life in the deepest way possible, and I will be forever grateful for it.


 
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#80 Posted : 5/13/2021 8:29:18 PM

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Okay, here's a different kinda something for ya.

Right now she's just called Pole Dancer (2019), but I'm ready to dust her off pretty soon and make it a larger piece.

I wanted to do something purely figurative with a strong sense of mood and narrative, and a character who was indomitable in the midst of oppressive surroundings. The plan was to add a number of crass looking men around the table, and to then make a number of renders with her in various poses on the pole, all with her casting her eyes to the aether in a kind of state of grace.

There are never enough hours in the day, but I definitely plan to finish.
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