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#81 Posted : 5/14/2021 3:56:31 PM

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For the tattoo lovers (and digital perverts):
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Good quality Syrian rue (Peganum harmala) for an incredible price!
 
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#82 Posted : 5/15/2021 7:14:28 PM

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And a few full body shots in a neutral pose in various states of paintitude:
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#83 Posted : 5/16/2021 7:50:18 AM

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Here's something for the process nerds.

From sphere to goon in three minutes fifty seconds:


Russian Goon #1 (2019)



 
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#84 Posted : 5/16/2021 8:05:27 PM

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And, of course, he is nothing without his partner in crime.

Russian Goon #2 (2019)

 
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#85 Posted : 5/17/2021 6:12:43 PM

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And yet, what is a pair of Russian goons without Technicolor paint jobs?

 
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#86 Posted : 5/18/2021 5:34:12 PM

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Here's a big one. Much to unpack in the coming days.

Until then, feast your peepers.

We ride at dawn.


Hidoodlydo, Neighbor! (2014)
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#87 Posted : 5/19/2021 4:04:01 AM

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Hidoodlydo, Neighbor! - Clay Render (2014)

This was the first large scale 3D piece that I ever took to completion, and for various reasons it might be my favorite, even to this day. Like Bad Karma (which came right after), I'd drawn it on paper first (back in 2009 - at the very beginning for me), so I had a roadmap from the start of where I wanted to go. As soon as I started using Zbrush (three years later, in 2012), I knew that I wanted to flesh the thing out, bring it all to life in 3D. Took another two before I felt confident enough in my skills to give it a try, and it all came together with lots and lots and lots of trial and error.

Took 9 months of very steady 3-4 hour days. Rendered in roughly 50 different pieces and comped all together in Photoshop.

Native resolution is 7000x4328 (nearly 8K), so one can go nuts deep and then some.
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#88 Posted : 5/19/2021 6:08:49 PM

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This background grid is based (mostly) on copper Deco designs on the front doors of Griffith Observatory, with industrial columns, secret code layer and 189 angry robots.

About two to three months' work, I think, if I recall correctly.

Download and blow it up bigly (...as bigly as yer gonna get)!
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#89 Posted : 5/20/2021 5:28:07 PM

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As previously mentioned, these are slightly more jazzed up versions of Deco elements on the front doors of the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood. They're here because the place itself has a special significance to me, so they exist as kind of a totem I guess, memorializing a moment in time.

It's a dad thing, truth be told. It was me and my kid's special place.

They're also just irresistibly Iluminati-like and generally badassed all around. I believe they're meant to signify specific scientific disciplines, but as with everything else I hijack, their original meaning is mostly obliterated along the way. The original designs exist in copper, without all the manic detail. But don't take my word for it. It's easy enough to see my reference by Googling "Griffith Observatory Door Designs".
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#90 Posted : 5/21/2021 4:10:33 PM

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Because nothing says subtlety and restraint like 189 angry robots.
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#91 Posted : 5/22/2021 10:37:15 AM

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Because nothing says subtlety and restraint like 189 angry robots.


liking this one a lot!
 
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#92 Posted : 5/22/2021 7:29:35 PM

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liking this one a lot!


Greatly appreciated, on behalf of the firm.

Grandma Van D'lay's Unifying Theory of Everything/Secret to Eternal Happiness (from Hidoodlydo, Neighbor!)

I first drew my grandmother's manifesto on paper (as seen below), then scanned and converted it into 3D geometry within ZBrush. A bit of cleanup and a whole lot of back breaking brute force placement later, and I had the secret code layer for my piece (which consists of roughly 20,000 individual characters).

Needless to say, ultimate knowledge and unlimited power await whomever deciphers it. But be forewarned, it can also go the other direction and squash your brain like a grape.
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#93 Posted : 5/23/2021 6:31:42 AM

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This fellow's name is Hiranyaksha. Per Hindu mythology, he dragged the world to the bottom of the cosmic ocean, then got himself decapitated by Vishnu in the form of a giant boar.

This all has nothing to do with why he's here or why I chose him. It was strictly an aesthetic thing. Something about him spoke to me. In my piece, he's surfing through the cosmos on his little gaming table, and has emerged along with his spider friend through a spicy looking wormhole to challenge two exuberant looking tykes to a game of Craps for their souls.

Don't ask why. It's a DMT thing. You wouldn't understand.

Interesting tidbit:


This was the thing I drew with my daughter that first night, crazily enough. She had a Metropolitan Museum of Art for toddlers book (I shit you not...), and in it was a thousand year old drawing of Hiranyaksha. I kind of copied, kind of not, the drawing from the book, and then maybe six months after that, redrew him in this context and then the larger piece around him.

With the three colored patterned squares behind, I drew from Picasso's Girl Before a Mirror. I love me some Pablo, and once upon a time, long ago, I'd copied a bunch of his paintings for fun (that particular one included). You probably wouldn't see it if you looked at em side by side - and of course you're more than welcome to - but that is what I was actually thinking while cooking up the goulash.
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#94 Posted : 5/23/2021 5:40:33 PM

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But the game is rigged and the house always wins. He is not so beneficent as he seems. At least that was the story I told to my eight year old the whole time I was making him.

Here he is seen wearing an Elizabethan ruff for maximal neck warmth and fanciness, perched beneath the branches of his beloved numnum tree (which was never actually intended to appear in the final piece). Note the little orblike, lime green cages which hang from its angular branches. Inside them are maimed and imprisoned faeries whom he forces to fight every Tuesday night in his bare knuckled faerie fight club.

Two faeries enter. One faerie leaves.

And the first rule of Faerie Fight Club is you don't talk about Faerie Fight Club.
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#95 Posted : 5/24/2021 5:03:23 PM

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Because sometimes a demon just wants to relax without the big fancy paint job.
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#96 Posted : 5/25/2021 5:22:01 PM

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Swallow your soul! Swallow your soul!
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#97 Posted : 5/26/2021 4:18:23 PM

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One day when I'm the toast of the town, hanging in the Louvre and shit, I will never be seen in public without scepter and magical amulets.
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#98 Posted : 5/27/2021 12:55:22 AM

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Yama, God of Death - Early Iteration (from Hidoodlydo, Neighbor!)

Here is Yama in an early test render, with a bit of extraneous swag and some exxxtra shiny materials.
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#99 Posted : 5/27/2021 5:22:31 PM

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Yama, God of Death - Full Body T-Pose (from Hidoodlydo, Neighbor!)

I made this guy prior to committing to the larger piece (eight years ago now, which is hard to believe). The upper body in the finished piece is totally different, but I thought you should see his fancy jewels, penis belt and chainmail, as well as his bitchin' palm tattoos and nauseating body hair.
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#100 Posted : 5/28/2021 6:32:24 AM

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Gratuitous butt shot, for those who go in for squat bodied gods of death.
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