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Destruction of Nature by akeli Destruction of Nature by akeli
"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation." ~Jean Arp

Since so many people have asked, the title is meant to have dual meaning. The one most commonly assumed is that "nature" means the natural world. There's another, deeper meaning to it, and it is the destruction of human nature.

The drive to distraction and noise, anything that will block meditation and contemplation of oneself, is so strong, that humans will destroy anything in their path to keep them alive.

Oil in the Amazon: [link]

This was rendered with the intention of being viewed at 18x24.
20-40 hrs, aprox. No serious idea on time amount.
Wacom Tablet.
Photoshop CS5.

90% done using standard brushes (round brush, etc)
Rust was a splatter brush made from a free texture
5 or 6 of the spots were made with brushes, the rest painted with the round and fuzzy round brushes (including all of the ones with holes in the middle).
Gears made with shape vectors.
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Wolfe133 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing! How have I not heard of you before!
MiniSisArtist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my Jesus its amazing!!!!
Stray-Lobo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Powerful work, i love it ^^
Okyma Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
How can a human being draw something that awesome?! D: Love it!
Lollythelollypop Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Student General Artist
amazing piece, just amazing. Beautiful pose and angle with the creature. It looks very ferocious and ready to attack at any moment, which is what you were probably looking to do! I love the oil the best, though, I actually didn't notice until I looked at the picture again, but it seems like you made the oil slither into the patterns on the leopard/cheetah. Fascinating detail as well! 
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Quick-5 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Slime beneath me...
Slime up above...
You'll love my to-to-to
Toxic love....
pieman280 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
The text is thought provoking, and the image is incredible. A great combination of industrial and nature tones, and it's all done amazingly well.
Scribbeily Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Wow, it's amazing how detailed it is
moyashisoba Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
very nice٩( ´◡` )( ´◡` )۶
PointFreeadopts Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the oil lookin' goop looks like the animal's spots. Almost turnin' the animal into a leopard or cheetah.
It's a strong message as well.
UnknownM4verick Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah this is amazing i love the fur details <3
WvlfsBane Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is honestly one of the most powerful and beautiful pieces of artwork i've ever seen.
PurpleAbyss Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017   Writer
Powerful work)
Kick-X---Visualine Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Very nicely done
NeonKalixy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017   General Artist
I love this and I hope people continue to make more in depth art like this. It's terrible to see the destruction of anything, really, but the destruction of the environment IS the destruction of humanity- it's the world we live in.

THANK YOU for making this piece of art! I hope it opens some eyes! :)
peregrine-rose Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. Even though it makes me sad seeing it and the struggle this animal is facing, there's a truth here that I wish more people could see.

This last summer I worked at a wilderness therapy program and it was honestly the best and hardest months of my life. The kids I worked with came from really privileged life styles and knew little about struggle and hardship.

It was amazing to see how being in the silence of the wilderness changed them. Being among the trees with the animals of mother earth does wonders to the soul. I wish more people could experience what I did last summer.

I wish more people could see this truth and make changes. I know that I will do everything that I can to do so. Thank you for posting this, this is an incredible piece of work.

I love the lighting and the detail of the oil. I love the expression on its face. Beautifully done.
raccoonxwolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
AldasTheMighty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks GREAT! And drawing has serious idea within it, which i like.
Arrowman64 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We have faced the enemy, and he is us.
FlaringTiger Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!

This is such a great visual way to deliver a message. I love it!
Baureal Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great message !
LynxLover137 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so creative and amazing! You did great!
Cashagon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very deep. it makes you think though. One might see this as, like you said, natural nature being destroyed by man. But the noisy constructions and creations of man also destroy us as well. They are distractions that keep us from what is truly important. Such as contemplation of oneself and spiritual worship.

"...the Devil, is like a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone."- 1 Peter 5:8

And he's a crafty one, too. Using noisy, flashy distractions to, well, distract us! Your painting really makes you think. A deep double meaning...
cockatielwarrior Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH WOW! so creative!
MuffinswithPepper Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Freakin good!!
Szufla Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was Venom at first ^^;

Too much Marvel :?
albinoleopard101 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a Wacom tablet too
MikoMan909 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MeowDiaMeowMeow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool! It's so different, I love how creative it is!!!
EverCelestialWielder Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
catwalker123 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh, wow, it's beautiful in an evil way.
reiler12 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
I remember this drawing. It is here.…
Schizoid3 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
It's beautiful.
AlexCN88 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, "We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it." The Man said, "I want to have good sight." The vulture replied, "You shall have mine." The Man said, "I want to be strong." The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me." Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth." The serpent replied, "I will show them to you." And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much, he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid." The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop." But the owl replied, "No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, 'I am no more and I have nothing left to give.'" - Apocalypto
Liecrow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So cool!
EnglishTreeTV Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
The destruction of human nature, and nature, They'll always move in tandem.

Sooooooo AMAZING. Wow. Wow. Wow
TIKISERB Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful but very powerful and sad.
AshleyBinx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student General Artist
This is so intense. I'm in awe
SpotsOnShadow Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Since i joined DA.. This is still my favorite! Clap 
ForbiddenCovenant Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece expresses a lot!
it shows an example of how much of an impact our species can have on the natural world(i.e.: deforestation, oil spills, etc..)
Love every detail in this piece!
Very Well Done!:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
Wylfen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. Just amazing.
The-Jaguar-Cerulean Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Amazing and strong
Krychuu7th Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Amazing details.
SimulacrumLupa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ScarS579 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Way To Display The Patterns On The Leopard Reminds Of Venom From Spiderman Haha?
darkfurwolf300 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wo that's some intense art work,amazing!
Kenyon95 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
only... WOW I really like it *o*
wu-yueh Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So powerful! Awesome detail.
hollyfaulkner Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow im afraid !!
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