I just scanned in the finished seahorse drawing that I plan to start painting soon for a larger project, while the spider has been in my files for some time. The spider is in a basic state and is intended to be mechanical, which is what slowed me down because, as I have said before, I am not good at mechanical drawings. The idea for the spider came from an older drawing I did of human piloted spider walkers (scouts) under fire using thrusters to make short leaps out of danger. My desire is to update the idea using what I have learned with digital painting. I am posting it now because I have some new ideas about the project and hope to get back to work on it.
Starting to set up a new project. So far I have made a few test drawings trying to work out the idea but only one part set. The idea came to me after watching a documentary about the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
I wanted to depict my emotions concerning man’s continued hubris. We continually exploit dangerous tools knowing full well we lack the wisdom and ability to leash our darker side to make their use safe. Hell, look who America elected President to see how unwise they are.
All you have to do is look at the oil and banking industries to see how greed far outstrips wisdom. My idea to show the folly of us running nuclear power plants is to create a demon of atomic mistakes. So plan on meeting Atomic Joe in the near future.
An axiom I live by is that technology will never help us create Utopia. So many people think technology will solve all the problems of the world. It won’t. Not because technology is bad, but that it is only an extension of ourselves.
We create it, we apply it, and we limit it. The good and evil within any of us will only be enhanced by technology. Even with the best of intentions, humanity as a whole will manage to corrupt technology. In truth, a lot of technology in the U.S. is already corrupted because it is financed by the military. Their goals almost always involve harm to others or the protection of those that will cause harm.
My view comes from decades of watching history and reality play out. Take a look at how computers have been used a different now 3D printing.
Here is an update to the Star Cave painting I was working on with its new title of “Predatory Stars in the Depths of the Universe”. It was a surprise to me that this painting ended up going in this direction because I was only planning on playing with improving my nebula designs as an easy exercise. However, after working with the lower left portion of the nebula, I noticed that it reminded me of the jaws of an angler fish. Even more surprising, I had intended some time ago to work on a project like this for my sister who is an ocean nut.
I was going to try making a nebula that looked like an underwater coral scene and maybe some other ones that look like ocean fish. That had not been my intention on this painting but the look sparked my imagination, so I dove in. I hope to make this much more detailed and the lure, which is the bright blue star, less obvious. I want people to see the nebula and drink it in without realizing the over all idea. That way they get an expanded sense of awe when they figure out the larger meaning.