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Juxtapose by tarkheki Juxtapose by tarkheki
Commission for Client.

I was thrilled to be able to do something a little different than I usually get commissioned for. Not enough people ask for the “non poplar” animals, which are actually the animals with dear reverence in Aboriginal societies- so I was excited to take on this project.

Featured here:
A Crested Toad does battle with an Armed Snake.
Each is juxtaposed to another- the Toad seizing the Snake from the back, all the while the Snake has the Toad by the foot.

I decided to use the mandela shape as the base for the image- simply because I wanted something that could symbolize the unity between two bodies at war- that is a paradox in itself. I also wanted to get that strained confining feel by trying to have everything “fit in the circle” that could also reflect the strain and the physical labor of a confrontation.

This has become a favorite piece in my neck of the woods. I’m considering to make a few more based on the same concept, as they are proving popular with the crowd here.
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Midnight-Vampire-13 Dec 14, 2010
For some reason, this makes me think of the myth about Jörmungandr, even though this image is in no way related to it at all... =/

Regardless, this is quite lovely -- I've looked at some of your other images similar to this one, and the level of respect you have for the culture behind them is just astounding. Well done.
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i love da colors, then fade in to each other and bring each other to attention!
I <3 yr doodles :D
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JinxWolf Sep 16, 2010  Student Writer
Very interesting. Love the colors and over all design. They dont seem to play nice together do they?
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:icontarkheki:
Not apparently. ;)
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JinxWolf Sep 18, 2010  Student Writer
Look like they need a time out or something. Awesome work as always.
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LeoneaDaVinci Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Love the art, hate the name.
My art teacher uses it all the time when trying to get me to draw realistically.
Feh.
I LOVE YOUR ART!!
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:icontarkheki:
Well, maybe you should listen to your teacher. I only ever got better when listening to mine- even the ones telling me a painful reality. ESPECIALLY those that told me a painful reality. XD
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LeoneaDaVinci Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh I do what she says, I just don't like the word juxtaposition. =D
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:icontarkheki:
Juxtapose. Juxtapose. Juxtapose... XD
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LeoneaDaVinci Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Cruel, cruel thing you.
. . . But I suppose I have another year left of it. I better immunize myself now.
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