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The Scapegoat by HisHalfElf The Scapegoat by HisHalfElf
"The Scapegoat", Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24", 2011
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The Scapegoat by =HisHalfElf ( Featured by deshrubber )
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, I did enjoy looking at the journal and +faved
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professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Wow, very cool. Highly detailed and very imaginative. Love the colors. Surreal and real at the same time. Great work.
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
I'm very glad to receive you comment :) Thanks!!
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:iconphyxor:
phyxor Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freakin' sweet
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:iconhishalfelf:
HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you ^^
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:iconphyxor:
phyxor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure!
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:iconastenskaya:
astenskaya Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is insane! :love:
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Zero2G Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting color, amazing peice
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MisterLopes Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
So creative, unique, deep and full of wonder! love this one Zodimotes - Aries 
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:iconhishalfelf:
HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I'm glad you dig it :) Thanks!
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:iconthegraceofcassandra:
TheGraceofCassandra Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Really amazing, I can relate when you say your art is a snap shot of a part of your life, it's amazing how things come together when you let go and just start creating.
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Oooh this is fucking amazing! :love: :thumbsup::D
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:iconrammcutegirl:
Rammcutegirl Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This Demon or other is a very cute
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LoVa85 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Wow!
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
love the detailing and execution. blew me away. completely! remind me of Capricorn! hehe...
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:iconhishalfelf:
HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
yes, the model is a Capricorn! I didn't intended that consciously, but it's a great observation. Thanks!
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NamesAndSuch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This made me think of the movie The Fifth Element for some reason....
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:iconhishalfelf:
HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting! That is one of my favorite movies. It's in my collection and I've watched it many times, so perhaps some influence came through in this painting.
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Drakitaa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning painting! Very well done and congrats on the DD! Well deserved.
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DarklingBeka Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
she remember me myrrah of gears of war :3
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Interesting! I have Gears 1 and 2, but not the other(s). Perhaps some influence came through subconsciously. I appreciate the comment :)
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DarklingBeka Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
ooh! :D awesome! :D i have gears 2 and 3 jeje, and again this picture is awesome :D
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The-Letter-W Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
sweet momma jesus
Nice work!
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:iconthegraceofcassandra:
TheGraceofCassandra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
so amazing! what was your inspiration?
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hi Cassandra, thanks! This image started out as a traditional self-portrait, but changed and evolved a lot along the way. Many of the developments were spontaneous and based solely on a sense of what was aesthetically pleasing to me at the time. A lot of inspiration for this piece came from studying the paintings of Michael Hussar, whose skill in the application of paint, composition, lighting, and color theory has consistently drawn me in. However, Hussar's subject matter is quite dark and sometimes disturbing, so consequently this particular piece ending up being dark as well. If you compare this piece, "The Scapegoat", to my latest painting, "The Peak" [link], you will see a stark difference in tone. In "The Peak", I studied a lot of romanticist painters and arrived at a much more balanced and positive image. Each of my paintings are a snap shot of my condition at a given period in life, which includes facets such as current influences, interests, and more. So each painting ends up looking very different from the last. I don't think I'll ever be an artist who creates 10 or 20 paintings that are of the same subject, same style, etc. because as I conduct my life processes of changing, growing, and maturing, the paintings, which are self-expressions, will reflect these new states. That said, I consider "The Scapegoat" to be a snap shot of me as I indulged in a variety of sensational symbols, pomp, vanity, and idolatry. The cut in the flesh of the upper cheek is a reminder that I narrowly dodged the bullet of these life-draining gratifications which would have ultimately led to my destruction. My unofficial title for this painting is "Aaron in Hell". In the future, I will do another self-portrait to go along with this one, but instead of Hell, it will be "Aaron in Heaven" essentially, or at least in some kind of resolved, sustainable peace.
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gA-rth Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
SPECTACULAR!
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MisterSali Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
I cannot even process this image in my mind it is so fantastic! Seriously I love this beyond words, the peeled pomegranate is fantastic and how you mearged the goats head with the persons is amazing! Great work!
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Great comment to receive, thank you :D
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heretichero666 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
nice. very creative
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theonetruefish Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you did this in oils? Amazing
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Spifmo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
Gorgeous details and colors. Well done! :clap:
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XxEvilSinxX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite hard to find words good enough to describe what I think about this pic Oo
It's simply stunning.. The colours, the expression... Seriously awesome job o.o
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vezun Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
hella nice!!!
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HumbleArtist123 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that a pomegranate in his chest?
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Cael-Verchiel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
lol, good call
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echo-ofthe-rose Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
THIS IS OIL?!
gaaahh it looks digital. that's so cooool. :rose:
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BotchedAmputation Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
how did u decide what to use in this painting? i see several different items stashed away like the pomegranate as a heart :) very abstract and eye catching :D u have a wonderful imagination!
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AlessiaC Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :rose:
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DiosMaligno Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, I'm speecheless! :wow: this SOOOO GOOOD!! :love: :+favlove:
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fielyveraz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
good lml i love this artwork
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gorch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
freaking awesome!
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Elgorfo1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
well i am speechless so guess i will just type
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ZealotNieskalana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is just excellent, I do not know what else to say xD
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pinkarinna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
lots of red, pink and purple love it
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ExodusGallows Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Awesome painting! Just curious though is that a pomegranate in the center of the subject's chest?
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Yes, it is. Thanks for the comment!
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theLadyRez Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Interesting. I love the detail of the eyes and the mini eyes. Is his heart made out of pomegranates? And what happened at the top of his head? Looks like a stabbed heart :/. Aww.
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HisHalfElf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I have added some words to the artists description to give more insight into the painting. Yes, the heart is a pomegranate. The red thing in the head was actually intended to be more of a jewel or ruby...I like the interpretation of a heart there though. Thank you for the comment!
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July 30, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Mar 7, 2013, 3:01:33 PM
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