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Mother by Russalad Mother by Russalad
i'm sorry i couldn't wait to draw more of this monstrosity, The Guard Llama monstrosity, so i decided to start at the very beginning

just an illustration since i can't get my act together, taking place in 1936 Safed, Palestine when Ozis was 13. To top off an urising amoungst Arabs during that time, Ozis was also tormented fairly often by his alcoholic, psychotic mother. Yet he loves her dearly, growing a rather severe, debilitating case of Stockholm syndrome.
The night before Ozis was found by a kind Muslim woman, Ozis's mother in a drunken fit of rage lamented her derelict living situation, the damage done to her by a previous husband, and how her son somehow was never circumcised as a baby. She spends a good portion of the night chasing him, and in her own madness she tries to circumcise her 13 year old son with a letter opener, and Ozis thus struggles to get away how ever he can.
After a while of this, Ozis's mother resorts to trying to drown him in a near by river, and that's what's depicted here. mother of god, help me.
did you know that Palestine was ruled by a British mandate from (i think 18-something) until 1948 when it became Israel?  who knew.  i didn't know that until wikipedia.   

sorry for not posting actual art :/
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Knifapotamas Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the poses and sketchy details. The image is very striking and expressive. :heart:
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Russalad Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Artist
thank u man <3
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1997dragonclaw Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Sweet Christ this is beautiful!
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Russalad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Artist
aww thank u man <3
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1997dragonclaw Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Np x3
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
But this is art! I like it and the story behind it though it's awfully sad, of course.

And yeah, lots of places around the world used to be ruled by British Empire. In a way it was sort of like how now the US government starts wars because of oil. But I know it mostly because I used to be a sort of history geek (still like it now, just don't read actively) and it always annoyed me how school history classes are always centered around history of whatever country you happen to be growing up in like the rest of the world doesn't matter (they call it patriotism, I call it ignorance) so I read up some world history on my own.
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Russalad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Artist
thanks man <3

hah, i just had to research Mandatory Palestine just so i knew what i was getting myself into, making art about it and all.  
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
I like how art pushes us to learn new things. People often say "write about what you know" but it's sort of... a very limited and close-minded way of looking at things. I like to learn new things, I like to understand more, I like to reach out so for me it's a comparison of familiar and unfamiliar. So yeah, my point is research is good. :D
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Obman-Veschestv Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014   General Artist
whaao this is such a strong image
love it to death
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Russalad Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Artist
thanks man <3
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