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Title: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Redneck
Pixel Artist: cure  (Level 11 Bonsai :: 78935 points)
Posted: 12/22/2014 10:41
Statistics:  21 comments    54 faves    0 avatars


updated 8/2/15

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iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 12/29/2014 02:22

Very nice, this!         

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 12/29/2014 02:22

Also, you were quite a strapping young lad!

Sorry, couldn't resist

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 12/24/2014 16:57

Did you fix them? They still look too bright to me O_o.

Edit: Now it looks fine, maybe it was just a cachssue (cache issue, pronounce like cashew)

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 12/24/2014 08:33

Good catch. Fixed.

edit: Must've forgot to rename the file. Actually fixed.

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 12/24/2014 05:32

Oh noes! You forgot to shade the brighter red diagonal lines in the top left corner where the stain is!

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 12/23/2014 14:24

@Jal: It's more of a criticism than a celebration, the use of the Confederate battle flag is ironic, which is why the title contains the derogatory term "redneck." The child with a toy gun is a bit disturbing in itself, it's evidence that gun culture extends even into childhood, where children stage pretend battles and romanticize warfare. Juxtaposed with the image of the Confederate flag, the image takes on a specifically Southern context, in particular the attitude that looks back to and romanticizes the Civil War. Within this Southern and Confederate context, the idea of pretend-warfare might also conjure associations with Civil War re-enactments, which are further evidence of an obsession with the conflict and the cultural divide at its root. So I would say this image is more about the Southern obsession with gun culture and the Lost Cause of the Confederacy than it is a celebration of Southern cultural heritage.

@DE: Incidentally that was the working title for this piece.

@Friend: I'm not too worried about likeness, so long as it looks like a non-deformed human child.

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/23/2014 06:51

i think the face is still off, but hey, youre cure :p

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/23/2014 06:00

Seemed to me on the original version that the vision here (funny or serious) was a statement of you and your heritage. I suppose it can be taken in so many ways but from an American's point of view this is very loaded (no pun) and is quite frightening for such a charming portrait.
For this reason I am not so keen on the new tattered flag. The tattering is great and subtle enough and has a look of paint on wood as maybe seen on the side of a barn or something. Here, however, a pristine flag makes a stronger point because it forces one to ponder if its a celebration of a mindset.
Again, this is a sad and frightening piece very loaded with all kinds of stuff I'd rather not deal with and had it not been for the flag's edit I would have not said a thing.

-DE- (Level 11 General) @ 12/23/2014 05:28

The South will rise again!

MasterSky (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 12/22/2014 18:41

one of my favourite pieces of all time!

Zizka (Level 10 Deep Blue) @ 12/22/2014 17:23

It's good that despite the fact that you're talented you're still receptive to criticism. 

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 12/22/2014 16:38

Oh, but it does! I've edited the leg and face a bit. Also added some wear and tear on the flag that I'm less certain about.

@all: Thanks for the feedback

dumbo (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 12/22/2014 14:42

Just... WOW!!!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 12/22/2014 14:37

The stars could use better AA;  the rest is absolutely brilliant though.

A great example of realistic-looking pixel art.

feiss (Level 5 Detective) @ 12/22/2014 14:16

Excellent work! congrats.

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 12/22/2014 13:44

Also, looking at it longer, not sure if I am feeling the lone dither on the legs.

Christoballs (Level 6 Saber-toothed Tiger) @ 12/22/2014 12:29

One leg looks thicker than the other, and the likeness can be improved, but it doesn't undermine the piece as a whole. :)

RAV (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/22/2014 12:22

shootin' dem gophers.

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 12/22/2014 12:17

Great. You look a bit more skinny in the photo though. +1 for the socks.

Skab (Level 2 Corporal) @ 12/22/2014 11:20

teach me, master.

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