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Good Vs. Evil by StudioColrouphobia

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David made this for a competition on another art-forum.
There where more then 10000 entries and this piece made it to the 50 top ones (semi-finalists) but unfortunately did not end p among the top four winners.

The topic was: Good vs. Evil- bring your vision to life

And the painting is made in such a fashion that, depending on what cultural orientation you have, different characters and “sides” will be either good or evil.

The symbolism is numerous, here are some examples of these contraries:

The Dragon/Serpent is a symbol of evil in many western cultures, even though the snake stand for something inherently good in many cases (Askleipos and healing for instance). In the Eastern parts of Asia the Dragon is mostly something good though, standing for balance.

The knight, something good in many ways according to many historians, but also the focus of oppression in Europe. Moving to the Holy land, the Knights templar where considered the scourge of the earh, there to steal Gods land away from his chosen people, whereas in Europe they where bringing God back to the land.
The Teutonic helmet, standing for rampage, but at the same time the order that the Teuton brought to Europe.
The scimitar, standing for the Muslim world, nowadays quite often scoffed at or seen as pure evil, whereas Islam quite clearly is the most tolerant of the Abrahamitic religions and thus would be something good.
There are a multitude of little items that can be found like this in the painting, and I have spent a lot of time thinking them through as I painted them in.

Even the lighting of the painting is meant to be a contrast. The warm and comforting red and yellow is on the left side (traditionally the Evil side) and also represents the Hell that exist in judeo-christian mythologies. Blue and cool, cold and uncaring colours, but at the same time quite often seen as Good colours.

Started in 2007, Studio Colrouphobia has grown out to be a fulltime occupation for the lead artist and illustrator David Sondered. Growing to a full blown freelance studio in just under 4 years which combines work for companies with private commissions.
Most of the illustrations produced by the studio are fantasy and Sci-FI inspired pieces varying from fantasy, contemporary and horror to realistic.

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  • Damien Mason
    Damien Masonover 5 years ago

    Wow David, this is just stunning!

  • Thank you Damien :)

    – StudioColrouphobia

  • Scottb1977
    Scottb1977over 4 years ago

    fantastically brilliant

  • Dufuart
    Dufuartover 4 years ago

    epicly awesome!

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    This is so great…I wonder who’s good here and who’s evil…could be any way!!!! but whatever the answer is …this is fabulous…I’m in the process of doing something dragon for the first time in my photography…hope the outcome will be great…but it won’t beat this…fav…

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Wow! Fabulous work! Congrats on the homepage (Found) feature!

  • Landon Cassell
    Landon Cassellover 1 year ago

    Wow that’s phenomenal!

  • WolfSoul
    WolfSoulover 1 year ago

    Awesome work!

  • Nick Scott
    Nick Scottover 1 year ago

    this is absolutely amazing! teach me!!! haha

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