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Community Spirit by JamesLedgerConcepts Community Spirit by JamesLedgerConcepts
All done in Photoshop, painted almost entirely with some reference stuff peeking through. This image is a personal project, so doesn't belong to anyone else, i.e. a client. To buy the full license to this image would cost 60 ($100).

Not as tight as my usual stuff but I didn't want to get bogged down with too much fuss this time round. Initially I was going to create an alien invasion image and be super-original. Then I changed my mind and did something more futuristically realistic for a change.

The following rant was stimulated by this recent event in London www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtkp_n… where the 'murder' of a British soldier took place in London.

Rioting is naturally more frequent in the world today, as the elite plunder more and more wealth from the poor in our societies. Already we see the middle classes joining the ranks of the lower classes in retaliation against the controllers of the monetary system. One day I hope that all religions, all money, all cultures, all country borders and governments are wiped from the planet so that future generations can grow and enjoy life without having to get their kicks from buying endless pairs of new shoes or the latest mobile phone and living in fear of the imaginary 'terrorism' that our western governments fabricate and then turn against us.

I believe there is absolutely no point in clinging to our precious cultural histories as they are almost certainly based on the victory of killing, murdering and successful invasions of other countries. America and Britain are the ultimate culprits of course, leading the way with their pride and military dominance over the world, attempting to convert every other citizen of the world to become clones of our greedy, self-centred, angry and hateful western society and to hand over all their oil and resources to our fat cats who can further their own wealth whilst watching the rest of the unfortunate world die in misery and poverty.

Don't sign up to join the Police or the Army - the real enemies aren't living in the middle east, they live in London and Washington and they wear designer suits. Soldier are just trained killing machines who only get killed as a result of the very government that fooled them into signing up in the first place. There is no difference whether you kill muslims or you kill precious American and British civilians - it's all killing and murder, through and through. Killing does not make you a hero. It does not make you a man. Anyone can pull a trigger and kill fathers of families. Don't be fooled by patriotism - it's just another way to make you feel like you belong somewhere but your own culture will gladly take your home from you if you can't feed it the money it craves. You mean nothing to your culture, none of us do. We are products, designed to feed the monetary system and keep the rich elite ever more rich and elite.

P.S. I don't mean anything against British and Americans personally. I have many friends from both cultures. It's the 'system' I detest, as do a lot of my friends and other people. There's nothing worse than seeing creative people be controlled and sucked in to something so destructive and uncreative.

Sorry for the rant but I just couldn't resist!!!
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:iconnicolasvisceglio:
NicolasVisceglio Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Super well acclimated!!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
...and once again!!
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NoctisUmbra Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured your incredible work here: noctisumbra.deviantart.com/jou…
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Damn, you're good! lol! Nice work James :aww:
How's things?
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks lots - well, I am loving doing my art but it's not such a good time right now as client work is at an all time low...hoping it will pick up again soon. It goes like this anyway from time to time, so it could be just another temporary blip. A lot of businesses are running out of funds, so can't take on artists as they normally would. It's easier to accept the lows and not fight it, I find. Client work usually pops out of nowhere unexpectedly.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope it picks up for you :aww: Custom work is great when it comes in.
 I have put most of my art endeavours on hold
for now. Working is priority and none of my art would pay the rent lol
I miss it but know that I'll come back to it eventually. 
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I am sure it will come back to you. I am going to have to consider getting a normal job again if things don't improve, but hanging in there. Funny how things we love doing change status when they become jobs. I used to love creating music, but once it became a job I became less creative. when the work dried up I let the whole thing go, rather than continuing music in spare time. It's as if out pastimes get associated with being a job, and the when the job goes, the pastime goes with it.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Exactly! I used to love creating jewelry but then we opened the store
and it became a job, a poorly paying, debt-incurring job and now I avoid 
making jewelry altogether. I haven't made a piece since we closed it last
Sept.  I figure once I get other things settled and have more time (hahaha) 
I will enjoy it again. Painting has always been just a hobby that I love but I 
can go without. Photography, even being a novice, is something I adore and
will always make time somewhere for it. I guess, since I know it will never be 
a profession, I can enjoy it more :D
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed - keep it as a hobby so it doesn't get corrupted!!!
I remember you saying about your shop. I thought about you saying it last week when I went to a tasty local bakery and it was closed down and empty. Urgh!!
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
the hazards of competing against big box stores and large chains :(
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