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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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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly...
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OldFashionedWoman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The art is absolutely wonderful...and your rant is spot on IMHO...Whilst I love both my country of birth and country of origin (I am American with Irish roots) I simply detest what our governments are doing...it's the same old, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, regardless of the western continent you call home.  The middle class here in the states has virtually disappeared while the lower class has grown exponentially over the last several decades.  It is near on impossible for families, even just a family of 2, to live on the salary of just one person, and so, when you have a member who is legitimately disabled (with little work history, disability is all of $600 a month, and threatening to decrease even further) you find yourselves living paycheck to paycheck with little or no resources left to save for emergencies.  Yet Congress would lead you to believe that they are looking out for your best interest.  The only interest Congress is interested in is their own (and that of their rich cronies). 
Thank you for your rant...It's nice to know there are others who feel the same way...
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks OFW!
The cost of living here in the UK is rediculous - I pay 900 per month (including bills) for a one bed annexe on the outskirts of a city in an average neighborhood. that's equivalent to $1400 US. A 2 bed compact apartment costs 150K ($250K US).
These costs are about to go up again. Day to day living is hitting more and more of us, as people are experiencing in America. I think people will get to a point and revolt, though I don't know when. This cost of living is utterly unjustifiable.
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MeadowSparrow Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Very good! Doing shadow's and light would be a good idea, and I bet it would improve the "shading" skill haha. I lack that so much.. XP
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I will bare that in mind - thanks Sparrow!
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MeadowSparrow Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the lighting and colors here. They definitely create a very dramatic feeling. I like the blurred areas too. Nice work ^_^
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant ! thank you!
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nykol-haebrd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your beautiful work is one of the best submissions of the week [link] :iconthe-imaginarium: :love:
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thats brilliant - thanks loads for that Wesley!!
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Wesley-Souza Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
welcome ^^
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Haeth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I've always found myself to be suspicious of Government in general. Guess it's just my heritage. That said my choice to join the Military wasn't born from a desire to "kill Muslims". Personally I like Islam and even though I'm a Christian myself I see a lot of good in Islam as a Religion. The Bad ones are exactly that though, bad people who do bad things to good people. Even if they have legitimate grievances *and many don't, trust me*, I can hardly sympathize with them any more than I can sympathies with a victim of abuse who turns around and abuses someone else. At that point their just a shit head.

But that's beside my real reason for posting, I have to say I agree with you. The Social Control agenda is in full swing and it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad any more. Big Corporations seems to be funnaling more and more money into the political system. Unions are becoming more and more corrupt and meddlesome with each passing year. The Left and Right wing medias are no longer concerned with facts, but with pushing their respective agendas onto the average citizen like two bickering parents. The deeper and deeper into the system one gets, the more the players start too blur and become indistinguishable from one another. People one once saw and altruists, paragons of human decency, wishing to bring peace and equality too the world take on a sinister tone and ring their hands hungrily as the masses chant their names, holding their hands out before them asking for their slice of bread while their would be masters simply command "Beg."

It's not a matter of Right wing vs Left wing, Capitalist vs Socialist. It's transcended that, as people carrying the banners for both secretly meet and shake hands and congratulate each other for their accomplishments.

Always be suspicious of people who promise freedom, or peace, or success, or tolerance. They rarely, if ever, truly mean it. We slaughtered thousands in the name of Freedom, killed Millions in the name of peace, raped countries of their natural resources in the name of success, and burned cities too the ground in the name of Tolerance.
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sangheili117 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dude im right there with you, and am in total agreement, and so i do not watch or read the news anymore unless its about new video games coming out i too hope for a world where we can all join together and live as one but thats about as likely as fish creating light speed travel =/ very nice art and description and a chilling look at the future that we all know is coming
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks 117 - I agree - TV is mindless noise, dumbing us down and bombarding us with endless adverts.
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annewipf Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Great! :clap:
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Anne!
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annewipf Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
You're welcome :)
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KangTengri Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   Photographer
so natural that it looks like a photo journalist, a topical theme, intense and emotional well-crafted that you can experience the thrill of the moment. Of course I'm on the other side of the fence :matrixfight: :)
well done work
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent, thanks for that Kang!
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Excellent! ;) :thumbsup:
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Good one!
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Somelarder Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought it was a pic ahah !
I'm so amazed, it looks so real, and I love how you made the atmosphere ! ;)

One of the best things I saw, congrats. :)
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very good to hear that larder - cheers!
Lots of very bright orange against very dark. High contrast, allowing me to create plenty of silhouettes, easier than drawing detailed people in daylight.
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Somelarder Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. ;)

The result of this contrast is gorgeous!
Yeah, I got what you mean, less details to draw.
But the silouhettes are as amazing as the rest of this piece of art.
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again!
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Somelarder Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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dchan Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great concept and full of meaning!
love it! And great colors too!

Cya!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant to hear - thanks chan!
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JasiahGeizer Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
wow, thats awesome
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you JG!
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!! Great job :clap:
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one Rocha!
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;-)
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Orange-1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Excellent work!:-)
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Sir!
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Orange-1 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
My< pleasure my friend!:-)
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saritaangel07 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfect !!
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JamesLedgerConcepts Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks angel!!
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saritaangel07 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure :)
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