Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Still working on the next picture. . .


Thought I'd post a few thoughts that have been on my mind lately:

What is marriage?

Why is marriage?

A sensible and just society rewards and encourages heterosexual marriage because it recognizes that through the birth and careful rearing of children, the society ensures its future existence. Without this social contract assigning ultimate responsibility for a child to its biological parents, there is a high probability that succeeding generations of citizens will eschew their own accountability and contribute less while demanding more. Homosexual marriage is the biological equivalent of welfare. It contributes no gene, no person to the future, instead demanding the rewards assigned to encourage responsible procreation without even attempting to produce the very reason a society deems such activity worth encouraging.

A sensible and just society recognizes the difference between “separation of church and state” and “separation of GOD and state.” A just society will not subscribe to the fallacy that atheism becomes the modus operandi by default, but will acknowledge both a supreme authority not its own, and the right of its citizenry to follow their own manner of worship. Were this not the case, a government shifts its role from protector and guarantor of individual rights, to the giver of those rights (as the supreme authority, there being no higher), in which case all men are not created equal and there is no such thing as a human right. With recognition of this higher authority, comes recognition of absolute laws: right and wrong that are beyond the authority of the society to negate, change or challenge. Moral law, governing the proper expression of human sexuality is among these absolute laws as has been accepted by every major theology since the dawn of recorded history. While a just society recognizes the right of a citizen to disobey or even to disbelieve, it also acknowledges that consequences will justly occur to those who break these laws and it will never give official sanction to these deviations from moral conduct. When appropriate, a just society will enforce these laws with the power of the state to protect the rest of its citizenry. By crediting ultimate power and authority to God, the society also places itself ultimately at his mercy and in his care. This places accountability upon the society for the upholding of God's higher laws in the interest of preservation and prosperity.

A sensible and just society invests in its future by encouraging its citizenry to excel and to overcome obstacles as individuals and as a community. It recognizes that men and women have fundamental differences and that a child's rearing and perspective are incomplete without a parent of both sexes actively involved in the child's life. The society recognizes that circumstances vary and hardships occur and encourages its citizenry to excel beyond obstacles to this goal. The society does not create obstacles.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

And now for something completely different. . .


Since I've now drawn the most beautiful woman in the world (albeit somewhat abstractly), I figured I'd make a stab at the ugliest. After all, it's October. For this image, I departed from my usual Modus Operandi and went for a traditional-media-look. I found out that Photoshop has an amazingly deep array of brush-sets that can very effectively mimic the look of old-fashioned art implements, so I decided to take the "Soft Pastel" brush for a spin and the result is what you see above. It has its weak points, to be sure, but I'm satisfied with it and ready to abandon it to bloghood. I also tried using fewer layers this time just to galvanize my thinking a bit more with regard to planning ahead with light sources and shadows, etc. And there you have it. Thanks for looking!

P.S. I'm open to any suggestions readers may have with regard to subjects they'd like to see tackled in my quest for Photoshop Art proficiency.

P.P.S. It just occurred to me that this particular witch bears a slight resemblance to Crispin Glover. Hmmmm. . .

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Inspiration

I'm posting this image since it represents my reason for drawing as well as every other positive action that I take in my life. Yes, it's true: My wife is actually a cartoon character. It was terribly difficult getting a wedding license, or a clergyman who would take me seriously, but there's certainly a way when there's a will. Nah, while this is, in fact a cartoon of my wife, I simply decided that, since no one reads this blog anyway, I'd wax mushy for a minute. Take that cyberspace!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Epiphany

By virtue of a rather complicated set of circumstances that I will not explain here, I can currently only listen to the radio in Japanese frequencies, which means, here in America, I only get one station and it's Christian Rock, which musical genre I find inexplicably comical. Whilst driving home for lunch today, I stumbled upon the reason for this strange amusement, and I believe I can summarize it with the following gem of profundity:

The funniest thing about Christian Rock is that you get to hear "God is Awesome" repeatedly in the same voice, with the same riffs and the same beats with which other artists are expressing sentiments such as "I want to get your Sister pregnant," or "The following profanities accurately describe my recent breakup."