setting: alt 1970's-80's Americas
premise: World War II draws to a stalemate in the late 1940s.
Devastation spans the developed world as a tacit armistice gestates into paranoia-diplomacy and isolationism.
Recovery is encumbered by the distrust and insular obsession of nations. The great powers recede from global dominance; in the cusp new orders ascend within nations. The crumbling foundations of capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism give way.
Progress stagnates, martial law ferments, unrest brews. Revolution is the call, ideology the new battleground. Suspended on high is the torch of civilization, waiting to be claimed, waiting to be carried to Utopia.
To achieve their agendas, factions within many countries undertake ruthless conduct to gain advantage over their adversaries. And why not? A century of unending war has stained society with a trend of muted ethics. Those who would bring about the next era will do so by any means necessary.
Heaven's on the way.
(named for the song by Combichrist
also inspired by the music of The Mars Volta, Death From Above 1979, Ghinzu, & Portugal the Man)
started this last august in Nablus, Palestine. the constant presence of military personnel got into my head a bit. seeing automatic rifles on a daily basis helped with my poor ability to draw guns, but not much (these are made-up guns here). i've picked at this piece in bits for months but it's pretty much been finished for a while. it's Shinto there slashing away as usual. painted mostly on one layer (a bitch) in Painter IX.
thanks for 4,000 pageviews ewerybudy they seem to be accumulating quicker now.
edit 4/11/09: foreground chains, texture experimentation