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Demos ~or the people~ by M-J-Gagne Demos ~or the people~ by M-J-Gagne
Pencil and ink on bristol board.

Power ultimately lies with the people and when tyrants reign it is through the blindness of those that follow them or when those who see choose to look away.

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Smoppet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Is there a particular story behind this picture? It's very interesting and I've never seen anything quite like it before, especially the holes in their bodies. I like the use of bumpy lines here, it goes very well with the black and white tones. Normally, I would suggest a background, but I think leaving it as it is works well. :nod:
Good job! :heart:
M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. This piece is about how tyrants, like great leaders, arise by the will of the people, or "demos" in Greek-hence why the central figure is being carried.

Tyrants reign through the blindness of those that follow them.
Hence why the most of the other figures have ears but no eyes. They can hear and are persuaded by the tyrants words, but ultimately they do not see the truth behind his/her message; the lies behind the promises.

The figure in the bottom right corner represents those people in society who can recognize the tyrant for what he/she is, but who ultimately choose to look away, willfully ignorant of the consequences. However, this figure in a way also symbolizes hope; that there are those who can still see.

I usually avoid backgrounds because I'm not particularly good at backgrounds. However in this case it was intentional. I felt it would be best because I wanted the "tyrant" to be the focus. Also, sorry for the long explanation.
Smoppet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Ah, that makes complete sense. I agree with your opinion! :nod:
Thank you for explaining.
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November 12, 2012
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