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Oklahoma Bombing by TD-Vice Oklahoma Bombing by TD-Vice

Here's a little intro.

I became aware of the Oklahoma bombing 2 years after it actually happened - in 1997. I was 12 then. I was so impressed by the scale of it, and by the fact that ultimately, if not counting a couple accomplices, a single man had done it, that I became obsessed with the idea of becoming an insurgent. Funny, heh. But it works out that this incident that happened in another country, during my childhood, had pretty much warped me in what I am today.

So of course I had to make a tribute to the man that was on some account, my rolemodel, as far as I'm capable of having a role model. Timothy McVeigh.

Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was a United States Army veteran and security guard who was convicted of bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, the second anniversary of the Waco Siege, as revenge or to inspire revolt against what he considered a tyrannical federal government.

Score of 168 to 1.

"You can't handle the truth. Because the truth is, I blew up the Murrah Building, and isn't it kind of scary that one man could wreak this kind of hell?"

He accepted the execution with grace and dignity.

As for the picture, it's referenced from a photo, done in Corel Painter X in about 10 hours of work, with background photoshopped from the ground zero of Murrah building.
I again used only two brushes to work on my realism style, and I'm very, very happy on the end result. Though there isn't 100% semblance, and McVeigh looks somewhat older, I think it's vast improvement - all in all I'm not a professional portraitist. Working on this painting was awesome, and I'd be glad to hear your critique and comments.
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You can draw well. That is not in dispute. All the proportions are correct, he looks suitably real, and the red background is a dynamic frame for McVeigh's gray figure. Being able to draw is only a fraction of good art, otherwise Boris Vallejo would rank as one of the premier artists of the twentieth century. I bring up Vallejo because his work suffers from a similar flaw as yours does (though his is only offensive from an aesthetic perspective). That flaw is revealed when we open up the pretty packaging to see the hollow inside. In simpler terms, it has no substance.

The impact of "Oklahoma Bombing" rests on an unsteady foundation: disdain for the subject. Let's face it, if this wasn't a picture of the Oklahoma City Bomber but of some random guy named Dave Johnson who worked as a plumber in Spokane it would lack all the attention it currently has. It would just be a picture of some dude placed smack dab in the middle of the frame, a regular boring portrait.

Shocking content has been used purposefully by many an artist to convey their vision. Countless others employ shock tactics for self-promotion. You don't win anything if you guess that I plant you firmly in the latter camp. Any sensible person glancing through his gallery can only conclude that art isn't your secondary concern, it's not even your tertiary one. You, you, and you take precedence. Your singular goal is to piss off your audience. No room is left for interpretation, the viewer need not bring any past experiences or thoughts with them. Right away it's obvious that we're being given the finger. Just as obvious is that the artist never matured beyond the age of thirteen. Contrast that to the primitive pleasures of the splatter paintings of Jackson Pollock. He forced us to look at art in a new way, to take a new-found joy in the paint itself, the colors, the motion. Never did his paintings scream "Hey, look at me!" Or take the comics of Robert Crumb. Vulgar, offensive and self-centered to be sure. What sets his work apart is how he readily exposes his own flaws, fears, hang-ups. Our sense of empathy is given a work-out. Not to mention the almost feverish quality of his art that gives the impression that it is something he must draw.

Sadly the exaltation of the self is a growing part of our culture. Take for example all your Nazi friends here on dA, their objective is, just like yours, to grab attention of any sort. As repellent as it first appears this hip Nazi bullshit is a fandom like any other. Film critic Roger Ebert made an astute observation in his review of the movie "Fanboys." "A lot of fans are basically fans of fandom itself." He continues, "...their objects of veneration are useful mainly as a backdrop to their own devotion." What else could explain a series of userpages that are virtually unidentifiable from each other besides slight variations of a few motifs. Swastika littered art and flashing avatars aren't as indicative of a person who believes in Nazi ideals as a person who is desperate that others know they believe in Nazi ideals. Meh, more fanboys and fangirls. Had life been different those swastikas and Hitler pics could just as easily be replaced with pokeballs and Pikachu. The fact that this trendiness is based upon racism and ignorance compounds the annoyance factor twentyfold.

In spite of yourself, you have accurately caught Mr. McVeigh's true character. Slightly unattractive with a tight-lipped grimace that can only be spotted on the faces of insignificant men who substitute tough guy bravado for accomplishment. Yep, he was a loser and it shows in this picture. He killed a few people, but the tyrannical American government kept on chugging along just as strong as ever! It isn't too presumptuous to think that the person who drew this finds the idea of heroism through failure an appealing one.

Not long ago I decided not to write a critique about this to avoid bringing more attention to an already disgustingly popular picture. Why the renege? For the same reason film historians still regard "Birth of a Nation" as both innovative and great art despite the undeniable bigotry. Now "Oklahoma Bombing" will never be considered great art or innovative, but I feel there is as much to learn from terrible art as there is from even the best art. If you'll excuse the analogy, it's akin to scientists studying fecal matter. A lot of medical and biological knowledge can be discovered this way, but in the end the subject is still shit.

(A note on the star rating- each rating was made as low as possible because the overall rating needed to also bear that dishonorable mark. In reality the technique would be around three and a half, originality at one and a half, and vision and impact at negative four and negative three respectively)
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FakeYep Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Мне нравится твой стиль. Я абсолютно нейтрально отношусь к твоим темам. Но у тебя выходит это слишком наигранно. Какие-то ненастоящие, "нечисторождённые" цинизм, фашизм и мизантропия. Словно у тебя с детства обида или травма, поэтому ты и затрагиваешь эти темы. Злость и жестокость, родившиеся не сами по себе. Будто ты хочешь отомстить этому миру, ударить его в ответ за причинённую им боль.
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Мммм, обожаю интернет-психоанализ)
kingfisher13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People who complain about the way things are, just for the sake of complaint, should burn in hell. This man was a lunatic, who killed innocent people. If I had known this man existed before he did what he did, I would have taken great pleasure in slowly cutting out his tongue, cooking it, and feeding it to him, before castrating him and skinning him alive with a hot knife.
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately people like you are the ones getting blown up, instead of enacting any of your "righteous" judgement.

Funny how that works. Never seen or heard of real-life vigilantes. People like you are pussies.
kingfisher13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, see, people like me work in the background, watching, waiting. You never know, I might just in your house now :)
TD-Vice Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No idiot, I for a fact know that a fetishist mericunt teenaper isnt hiding in my FLAT.

Dumbass, are you 12 years old?
kingfisher13 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL, I love pushing your buttons, you stupid Russian prick. You didn't even spell teenager right, either XD

God, I'm having such a great time tearing you a new asshole, we should meet sometime, I could introduce you to a few of my sharp, bloodstained friends :)
inframan242 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
kingfisher you seem pretty autistic/butthurt

maybe instead of playing with your flea market quality display katanas and jacking it to animated child porn you should do something with your life

BTDubs tim was ex green beret/special forces, while you are probably a fucking neckbeard blob
Mori101 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is anything here about the actual art?
CannibalConniption Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Yeah.. I lost my dad in this bombing. And people are acting like he's a hero. My mom has never been the same. And so many innocent people were lost. This isn't something that should be celebrated. :(
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