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Art June 3, 2012

Posted by Sobek in News.

I started this thing maybe five or six years ago, decided I didn’t like it, started a new one, finished that new one, finally went back to this one, fixed the problem I had with it, told my in-laws that it was their present for Christmas, 2010, and finally finished it tonight.

Holy crap, that was a saga.  I’m glad it’s done, for a couple reasons.  First, it’s nice to accomplish something, you know?  Second, I got sick of this thing mocking me, “hey, why haven’t you finished me yet?  Hey, when are you gonna get around to finishing me, huh?”  Finally, I make these as wedding presents for my siblings.  My youngest brother got married over two and a half years ago, and I can finally start one for him (I told him I wanted to wait and make sure they’d stay married, and they did, so I guess they’re serious).  My older brother is getting married this summer, so I’m really getting behind.

Anyway, that was a long and boring intro.  Here’s the art:


Missus S took the pic.  She did a good job getting the silver ink to glow.  She’s pretty awesome.

Here’s a couple shots of this as a work in progress.


1. Sobek - June 3, 2012

Apparently you have to click to embiggen.

2. Sobek - June 3, 2012

And here’s the first pic I took of this new one, before I abandoned it:


3. digitalbrownshirt - June 3, 2012

You know a gift certificate would be a lot easier.

4. Michael - June 3, 2012

Christmas 2010 ?!?

Tell you what. For my Christmas 2012 present, just get me a bottle of Scotch. On time.

5. digitalbrownshirt - June 3, 2012

Just think how well aged the Scotch would be by the time you received it.

6. daveintexas - June 3, 2012

I don’t get the floral thingys… what’s that all about?

7. OBF - June 4, 2012

What do the words mean when translated into something I can read?

8. Sobek - June 5, 2012

OBF, it’s four verses from the Book of Job, in Arabic: “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said” (Job 38:1); “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding” (38:4); “Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?” (38:5); “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (38:7).

I picked a creation text, made a whirlwind pattern in the center, and then used visual elements from the Genesis creation story to complete the architecture and embellishments: sun, moon, stars, plants, flowers. The creation of man is implied in the discussion between God and Job, and especially in the reference to the sons of God being present at the time of creation.

Dave, hopefully that helped answer your question. I’m not really sure how to answer it better. Really, I’m trying to make something that looks pretty, while advancing the central theme of the work.

9. Sobek - June 5, 2012

DBS, a lot cheaper, too. Even assuming my spare time is worth nothing, in addition to the negligible cost in supplies there’s the cost of high resolution, professional photography and professional framing. So these things ain’t cheap.

10. daveintexas - June 5, 2012

I was just bein a dick Sobek. It’s very nice work.

11. lauraw - June 5, 2012

It is very very nice work.

The lattice in the corners is my favorite pattern. And I like how those leafy things reaching toward the middle are not symmetrical. Nifty.

12. Michael - June 5, 2012

That passage from Job is actually my favorite Bible verse. It’s very ancient. Linguistic experts tell us that Job predates Abraham. It’s before the Jews were Jews.

Where were you when God laid the foundations of the earth?

13. Michael - June 5, 2012

OK, I’ll answer that question.

When God laid the foundations of the earth, you were an idea  and a part of his plan.

I’m using “idea” as it comes from the original Greek language. Swiping from Wiktionary, the concept is: An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.

14. Michael - June 5, 2012

Too bad that Adam and Eve wrecked the idea of you.

15. lauraw - June 5, 2012

They were framed.

16. Adam - June 5, 2012

Bitch set me up.

17. The Serpent - June 5, 2012

Ha ha ha ha haaaa….the looks on your faces, man. Totally priceless. Best prank ever.

18. daveintexas - June 5, 2012

Seriously, did you dorks not see the sign? DO NOT EAT

19. Tushar - June 6, 2012

My bible knowledge is a bit weak, but I think eating the apple was just a euphemism for Adam and Eve dorking each other like rabbits. The serpent who got the real action was between Adam’s legs. Don’t know if he bit into an apple, but he definitely popped Eve’s cherry. I wish the Bible was a bit clearer.

20. Michael - June 6, 2012

Well dayum. Eve was running around nekkid all the time. I hear that she had bodacious hooters. You can’t blame Adam for bad judgment. This is one thing that I disagree with St. Paul about, because he seems to blame Adam for the whole incident, and the introduction of sin to earth. He was celibate when he wrote his letter to the Romans, so I don’t think he really understood the situation in the Garden of Eden with Eve prancing around with bouncing hooters.

21. OBF - June 6, 2012

Some of you folks need therapy…and you probably know who you are…and if you do know who you are, keep away from my grandkids!

22. Michael - June 6, 2012

Some of you folks need therapy…and you probably know who you are…

OBF, I agree, and am willing to contribute a modest amount to the Dave & Laura & Tushar Rehabilitation Fund.

23. lauraw - June 6, 2012

It’s been a long time since catechism, but I’m pretty sure the quality of Eve’s hooters was not addressed. ‘Bodacious,’ ‘bouncing,’ these terms are not used.

24. geoff - June 6, 2012

I’m inferring, from Michael’s comments, that the Lutheran conception of the Garden of Eden is essentially a gentlemen’s club.

25. Michael - June 6, 2012

You’re basically right, Geoff, except you got free food and beer, didn’t have to tip, and there were no big beefy guys enforcing the “hands-off” rule when Eve gave you a lap dance.

26. OBF - June 6, 2012

So, answer me this (since we’re covering some important Garden of Eden topics). Did Adam have a belly button?

27. Tushar - June 6, 2012

Adam probably didn’t have a belly button, but I hear he had a broken rib.

28. Sobek - June 7, 2012

Fun fact: you know the turtle that carries the world on its back? It doesn’t have a belly button.

29. geoff - June 8, 2012

It’s belly-buttonless turtles all the way down.

30. Tushar - June 8, 2012

I have another theory. Eve was not made from Adam’s rib. But the rib was somehow responsible. First Adam was alone in Eden, and he fapped so much that his ribs hurt. God felt pity for Adam and brought in Eve. Something was lost in translation and there we have it.

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