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Dead hands know no mercy by TD-Vice Dead hands know no mercy by TD-Vice
This is sort of an unorthodox dedication to 9th of May and my country in general.

Whils being patriotic, I'm not at all hurray-patriotic. I love Russia not for the golden filligree of her culture and shit. No. I love my country for all the things the western - and eastern - cultures deem us the epitome of evil.

Knowing english and using internet allows one to gather a big massive of opinions, and I do know how the western media and history portrays my country and my people. It's funny in a sense that we russians are unlucky to be lilly-white.
Hating on non-whites for their culture or life-style is deemed bad and racist. Hating on yourself is absurd. So Russia had become this salvating island where the tabooes doesn't work. We're white, and therefore guilty of all that the other whites try to wash off.
Occupation, repression, genocide.

This major misunderstanind in the midst of the western civilization, at least it's modern variant, possibly lies in the fact - and this is what I depicted - that we're a warrior nation. Our history is a string of wars, fight for survival, betrayals and not very successful attempts at building a peaceful, if opportunistic society in the veing of western european ones. That's why we were usually late to the happy tiems - when western europeans had their civilized inner conflicts and regulated war, we were dying and fighting - with and by the hands of enemies outer and inner.
Perhaps it's the reason why we suck at helping ourselves at times of peace but unite when war is about.

That's the paradox of the national character.

Who ever comes here - dies here. It's a burial ground, in the end.

So I illustrated that. If we're deemed the ultimate evil on Earth - we might well be it. No matter how much time Russia would be declared broken apart, it's population dying out, it's defenses shut down - we'll rise again. It happened many, many times.
Not like a phoenix, none of that romantical crap. Rise like a fucking zombie to lay waste to whoever thinks that they've won and overcome us.

Only we had created the Dead Hand, the automatized system of nuclear revenge strike, that would obliterate the enemy even if the whole country becomes a lifeless wasteland. If there's no one alive here - the dead will fight and ensure that we'll be avenged.

That's what I salute to - to our russian inability to be merciful both to our foes and to ourselves.

That's the driving spirit. I'm proud of my country's history and I'm proud to live in what is considered to be a corrupted hellhole. Because in the end, it's a challenge.
And challenges make worthy people.
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Critique by sentient-zombie May 7, 2010, 3:37:20 PM

For vision the maximum. Because, damnit, your words and your paintings seem to express my emotions better than I ever could. Also, impact.

I love how the corpses on the right look medieval, and the ones on the left look modern. Truly shows the timelessness of war.

As for the originality, you don't step out of your comfort zone, so 3 stars there. But at least you made your own style and comfort zone.
Technique is excellent, as always. Only anatomical flaws I notice are the hand holding the gun (seems like the forearm)is smaller than the rest of the arm).
And the dead guy getting dragged is in an odd position.
Looks like his legs should switch positions.

The skull in the explosion looks weird, but still WICKED, MAAN. The left explosion-hand is twisty as well.

Absence of the blue hue is visible here... Only thing blue-ish is the white area behind the soldier.

Ohh, and the perspective. Background and foreground don't seem to be in sync. The background has the fish eye perspective, while foreground has the simple one point perspective. Maybe bringing the corpses forward and putting them in fish-eye perspective as well would work.

Hope I helped, I'm too sleepy to be more thorough.
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Wow, I am absolutely blown away. This has got to be one of my new favourites from your gallery. The composition is simple and striking, and the colour scheme is clearly well chosen, greens and reds.
I'm not sure whether the piece is meant to be viewed from top to bottom or vice versa, but the focal point is definately that big cloud, what a gargantuant.
I'm not sure what the giant rings represent, I think they detract from the realism that is truly terrifying. The perspective, particularly of the trees, is really disorientating, well done on that part.
The rivers of blood really frame the piece, I love the symmetry going on here.
As for technicalities, I'd point out that the hand holding the gun looks odd being fully wrapped around it, as if the metal is recessed under his hand. If the gun is a chunky piece of equipment, maybe his fingers and thumb should barely meet. This is only a thought because I don't have an assault rifle to hand to back that up ;).
As for symbolism, I think I am right in saying that the dead soldiers are foreign military from a variety of different wars strewn throughout history. The sickle is a good touch, even without its hammer counterpart.
I get the feeling that this is an unorthodox victory for the Russian soldier; he looks as if he has achieved victory through death, and has been resurrected, I gather, with what can only be described as a halo. The giant mushroom cloud can only spell death for all, but in the end he will rise again.
I'd love to see it in more detail, but it is a truly remarkable piece, with a good healthy description to match.
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redkruger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
"Rise like a fucking zombie to lay waste to whoever thinks that they've won and overcome us." lol that's fucking awesome! great work man.
Молодец ты, надо сказать. Описание особенно доставило. Хоть щас на цитаты растаскивай! И, хоть я и не думал об этом никогда, но черт возьми, это правда. Не против, если я это в нашу группу сопру?
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
да без проблем
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeg elsker det

Should this be the atomic accident in russia right? This shows the cruel side of radioactivity...
Impressive if you think that the people still walked after loosing their skin which was falling off their bare bones...
Great skull :thumbsup:
The-Ultras-Narrator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Godly epic.
RussianDUH Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student
Чел, из за тебя у меня теперь вся комната радугой заблевана... ЭТО ГЕНИАЛЬНО! У МЕНЯ СЛОВ НЕТ! 5/5!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10/10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +10000000000000000000500000000000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
xGunfire Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
That's sick as hell.
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You are not an evil culture. You have a wonderful history of beauty and of darkness. Every country has that. No one should ever be ashamed of where they're from or what they believe in. :)
N-S-D-A-P Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013   General Artist
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