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The Rainbow Isle by kingpin1055
The Rainbow Isle
As of today, a majority of the people of the Republic of Ireland have voted in the referendum in favour of amending the Irish Constitution to allow same-sex marriage (the first country ever to do so).  With this result, the only places where same-sex marriage is currently not legal in the British Isles, is in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

I would suspect that with Ireland voting in favour, the spotlight of attention and the pressure on Northern Ireland will only continue to grow, especially given how religious the republic is known to be.

The thought process behind this piece was an attempt to make the depiction of the Republic of Ireland look semi-topographical.  I tried out a couple of different techniques until I reached something I was largely satisfied with... Including whether to render northern Ireland in green or not (in the end I chose to leave it grey to emphasize the fact that Northern Ireland was not included in this result).
Keep Calm... It's a Tory Government by kingpin1055
Keep Calm... It's a Tory Government
The UK General Election is over, and with all contests there were winners and losers.  The response to the result has been... passionate, to say the least, and so it might be time to dig into that familiar British saying once again: Keep calm and carry on.
Which way to vote? by kingpin1055
Which way to vote?
The United Kingdom's general election is tomorrow (the 7th of May) and more parties than usual are vying for new power, or an increase in power in Parliament, meaning that once again there's even less certainty on who will win... and if they will have enough seats to form a majority, or if once again we'll host a coalition.

As none of the parties has emerged with much positivity to their name (but many with plenty of criticism to their recent history and policies), it led to the idea of a signpost bearing the icons of the major parties, and none necessarily pointing in the right direction (as a note, the national Green Party, and Welsh Plaid Cymru party are present on the signpost, unfortunately the angle of their signs has rendered them a bit difficult to work out).

Naturally I'll be voting, I hope if you're a UK resident, that you exercise your democratic right as well.
Lava Lamp by kingpin1055
Lava Lamp
A concept that originally started out as a idea for a hypothetical logo that could be used by the definitive lava lamp company, and evolved along the line into becoming a fully graphical print.
Berk Police sewn patch by kingpin1055
Berk Police sewn patch
Further flexing of my artistic muscles, a rendering of my Berk Police crest submission as the sewn patch that would be found on the department's uniform shirts and leather jackets.  Looking back on the project, I can heartily say that I won't be considering making any more digital sewn patches any time soon... but the materials that've resulted from the project may lead to me creating a tutorial for the "sewn patch look" at some point in the future.  I've opted to display both a version with and without the major light highlighting so that you guys can get a better look at the design.

There is another patch design that will be featuring towards the end of The Last Light, an up-coming story which I've teased here, however the specifics of that design shall for the moment remain hidden. :)
I don't think I can adequately describe how much I love this series.  The animation (backgrounds and characters) is beautiful, the jokes and in-jokes great, the comedy has had me laughing out loud and I'm enjoying all the little nuances and depth that the cast continue to reveal. :)

Without a doubt, one of the best shows to come out of Disney in years, and really evokes what I liked best about The X-Files and Supernatural, rather than the over-arcing alien conspiracy, I preferred the one-off* "monster of the week" stories.

* Adrian Toomes still effectively counts as a "one-off".
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: BABA
  • Reading: Journal #3
  • Watching: Gravity Falls
  • Playing: NORT
  • Eating: Nachos
  • Drinking: Pitt


Ben King
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: A, really
Favourite genre of music: A wide variety
Favourite photographer: None I'm aware of, they're generally all good.
Favourite style of art: No explicet style
Operating System: Windows/Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: Either Windows Media or my Creative Labs MP3 player
Shell of choice: Conch... I'm a fan of "The Lord of the Flies".
Wallpaper of choice: Is flock out? Oh well...
Skin of choice: Fleshy
Favourite cartoon character: I have a lot of favourites, Homer Simpson, Peter Venkman, Garfield the cat...
Personal Quote: "We have the tools, we have the talent"

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0Sky-Queen0 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav cutie!
kingpin1055 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome. :)
LupusExMachina Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks for :+fav:! :)
kingpin1055 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
diddles25 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for adding "Male Love Before Homosexuality" to your favorites!!! :) How do you like it?
kingpin1055 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoyed it, the message of the letter's author reminded me of the rare instances of documented historical same-sex unions, such as the oft-reference message of love between two American soldiers during the Second World War.

The message was tender and heartfelt, and spoke of a use of language which is sadly so lacking in this day and age.  So excellent work all in all. :)
diddles25 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!!! I've read a number of letters like that and I wanted so much to capture that atmosphere of pain and secrecy that too often filters through many of these love letters between men.

And yes, the use of articulate, eloquent language is sadly lacking... So many letters as late as the 1960s sound so poetic. You know that it's a well-written message when it sounds like somebody put some effort into it, to evoke what cannot be captured as a solid entity (sights, sounds, flavors, odors, feelings, etc)...!
Pajunen Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:
kingpin1055 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
Alexendre86 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the support :D
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