Am I the only one who realized the mythology reference here?
Everyone’s calling him Boulder, but there’s a perfectly serviceable homophone that happens to be the name of a god.
May I introduce Baldr, the pretty boy of the Norse pantheon. I thought people would be more familiar with the name, it’s seen some pretty prolific use, even if said use is not quite directly related to it’s original bearer.
I am very disappoint, fandom. Y’all need to brush up on your knowledge of mythological minutiae.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ve been playing with my pencil again, this time with some actual purpose behind it.
So, I’ve been working at the library for a little over a month now. I let slip that I know my way around Photoshop, and next thing I know, I’m the go-to guy for adverts.
This week’s the Week Against Racism so I offered to mix something up to showcase the fact. Unfortunately, preliminary searches for something suitable either got me the clichéd “everybody’s holding hands” type thing or folks smashing up a swastika. While a respectable enough sentiment, fighting fire with fire will only fan the flames.
Since the available options left me decidedly unsatisfied, I figured that when you need something done right, you need to do it yourself. This is the result.
Apparently, racism in modern vernacular is a byword for discrimination in general. At least that’s what they told me. With that in mind, I set out to make an image that encapsulates a more diverse range of ideas than just ones of skin colour and skull shape. People get all uppity about sexuality, for instance, so I decided on an erotic direction. Besides, tenderness and sensuality win over violence any day in my book.
Being the sort of fellow that I am, I also aimed to make as much of a mockery of conventional ideals as I could while I was at it. To that end, I’ve reversed the gender roles (as well as the animal-human roles, as it turns out), violated the beauty standards (with a quite literal horse-face) and portrayed mutual love and respect (and believe you me, that runs contrary to many people’s conventional ideals).
Apparently I did my job rather poorly, though, since my bosses accepted the finished piece without hesitation when I presented it to them. Hell, they even said to put it into circulation for the other libraries. So much for my rebellion against the norms, eh?
But anyway, I’d welcome some critique. And yes, I’m aware that the hands are rather sucky, but what can you do? Blasted five-digit nightmares, they are.