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Inktober 2017 - Amniotic by Sleyf Inktober 2017 - Amniotic by Sleyf
Taking a break from monsters of myth in Inktober pieces.

I imagine those spinners sort of weave protein strands.

        It was all so clear as the last fragments of self were smouldering and curling about the edges in blackened ash, and names were all that I had left.  Merging into one embryonic cell at my core.
Cain.
The one who had to die to Become.
Luther.
The one they could never catch because they were looking for someone else.  A shadow man, a voice in the dark, whispering a thousand lies, an ideal. 
Like the Elite.
        I was Luther, but he outgrew me, becoming fact when he began as fiction.  Devouring everything with an insatiable hunger to Be.  I became him to understand her. Gaia. I did it for her, but she was blind.  Even with all her intellect, she was blind. 
His purpose overcame my intent and I could no longer control him or what he had become.  And so Luther, like Cain before him, had to die.
But They would not let that happen.

        I wrote a cage around myself and could not find a way out. The lies and the truth were so tightly intermeshed that they were the same colour.  Dazzling the blind.
Luther became the first to run.   
        From what he created.  A terrible monstrosity, with countless mouths, so ready to follow that they made him a god without knowing his true face.
        Gorging themselves on what he said, the thousand throats then grew tired of listening when the taste did not suit them.  And so they forced silence upon the words they did not want to hear, erasing them with acid.
        Cain is dead and Verus does not exist beyond these walls, but I gave the darkness consciousness to avoid facing my own soul, and that darkness thrived.
Luther, is still out there.  A man without a face, leaving a wake of destruction while he runs.
I made the monster devouring me.
Cycling. Infinite. Consuming itself in endless rebirth.
We are multi-faced gods in a world wrought from our own destruction.
Text (editted) from Ouroboros

Lucky you, I have no mega-long excerpts to insert here, but this was originally going to be called 'Stasis' and to follow The Waiting Room - but it turned into something else.
He looks bored and like this should have been over an hour ago unnnhhhhh, technology these days is so slow.

Verus is (C) to me.

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saylem Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
The boom may or may not have come from my ovaries for Verus....

*slowly back away into the shadows* ...Ok... Homer hides! 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol oh no! You should have that condition looked at, exploding ovaries is a bad thing when all genetic variation is highly conserved. You're needed to maintain the species, so no more booms please, unless you have a history of inbreeding or deformities, then he's perfectly legalised to have you permanently sterilized for the greater good of future generations.
(The booming is sadly not reciprocated as he's been chemically suppressed from feeling similar booming in corresponding locales, he's so much happier now, can't you see that! Now get outta here you wanton animal, and take your loud gonads with you)
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saylem Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Like I said before, this is most excellent! The dangerous combination of your writing style AND illustrative prowess! 
BOOM! Atomic Cock 
Blows my mind every time!!! 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Much of the text needs some editing but you know, sometimes I even impress myself (sometimes, at the risk of sounding big headed)
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is so striking! And in a way you're still on the monster theme! I really like you shading in this one - your ink shading is the perfect blend of smooth and textured. But poor Verus, I can't look at it without cringing. Seriously, he does have his reasons to be bitter and cold-hearted. The bubbles you added are very interesting btw. they add a sense of transcendence and change to the whole thing. Which is fitting I think!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Yes indeed, a different kind of monster.  Thanks so much, the original is actually a whole lot better, the scan sort of murdered this for some reason I can't explain, there's a darker shading of grey in there but it hardly shows.
Feel not sorry for him, he doesn't feel it - or else is well conditioned to keep telling himself that the pain is necessary. 
Thanks lol, the only reason I really added those was to show that he was suspended in liquid, but yes I accept deeper meaning too!
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MrRemoraman Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I really like this!  The cybernetic attachments and the dark shading make it look very grim.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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InkyRose Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'I made the monster devouring me.'
Wow. Such a powerful line.
I always wanted to know what an identity crisis looked like personified and here we go, it's not a balding, middle-aged man in spandex with a banana yellow sports car, it's this!
It's a gruesomely powerful image to go with the extract, and yet I can actually stand looking at this-hooray! Although I worry you're trying to dysenthetise me like you turned my innocent, pureling mind into a Perveyor.
I love the varying textures you've used to show the melting of skin, the revelation of muscle, bone and tissue beneath, particularly the reveal of his jaw bone. The wires are impressively drawn (I would have wobbled and drawn over some part of them with ink by mistake lol).
Are those bubbles or vapour rising above his head, it almost looks like his soul rising, leaving him.
One of my favourite images of your Inktober so far, even if it does make me want to barf lol.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
Lol well you never know, he could have a banana yellow sportscar somewhere (a kinder egg toy, in the drawer of his office to roll across the table while making sportscar vrooming noises - 'oh Verus,' (said the shapely flash-drive) 'you're so cool, no one else has a sweet ride like you.  Yellow is such a hot and masculine colour, too bad there's not enough room in their for little old me or I'd join your posse of hunnies to go joyriding...'
 'It's ok baby, there's a corner in the trunk you can squeeze in to, now get in, this town needs painting an obnoxious shade of red.  But first we're taking a detour to a certain treehouse fort to leave tyre-track wheelies in their lawn - those plebeian trogs need putting in their place as the lesser males' *engine revving noise and screech of tyres* blue flames shoot out of the exhaust pipe in his imagination - and oh look, it's William (the bent and ancient paperclip that was found dented in the bottom of the back of the drawer) pounding the pavement as a 'pedestrian' flat foot bobby, time to make some bowels void themselves in shock *honks ultra-sharp horn at him in passing* hahaha)
Leave him, he's very busy planning where the gigantic and unnecessary explosion figures in to this narrative.
Maybe it's less gruesome as it's all black and white?
Thanks! I still need to practice drawing that jaw and the magnets in it, but it's good enough! It did look a lot better in the initial sketch, but then I couldn't decipher my own drawing lol.  Oh trust me, I DID go askew with those wires, look down at the one at the bottom between the two protein weavers, you see that extra line running parallel to the outline?  That was a terrible mistake.
Yes they're bubbles, he's suspended in liquid, the bubbles look better in real life, the scan didn't pick up a lot of the lighter shading on this one
Thank you!
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Mister-23 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017   Digital Artist
Macabre but effective.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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Mister-23 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Welcome.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's pretty intense! Great story, really brings the piece to life!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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Lear-is-not-amused Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
all of those wires :D he could be a mecha octopus. 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like that guy from Spiderman
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Lear-is-not-amused Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Yes exactly. Verus would make the best super villain
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's already halfway there. He's got the lair, the lackeys, the look, what's missing now? The maniacal laugh.
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Lear-is-not-amused Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
He could have a prerecorded maniacal laugh and he just pushes a button to save him the trouble
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, sounds reasonable enough (though I expect in that case it would be really easy for people like Daedalus or Mnemosyne to then record something else to be played when he hits that button) *comical fart sound* (because maturity is not something everyone gains over time, apparently)
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Lear-is-not-amused Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Haha that sounds great honestly XD would make excellent comic material anyway.
They could have fart noises, squeaky toy noises and all sorts of things
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Comical fart sounds never get old. Daedalus probably recorded it himself for added personalization
You also forgot the more uncomfortable 'orgasm sounds' (I mean 'instant death' for whoever did that)
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really sure what's going on but it looks amazing :nod:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Well it was originally going to be called 'reconstruction' so I guess that would have provided a useful hint
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That does make more sense :nod: I'm still getting familiar with your world/characters so I'm still at the "I feel like I was dropped in the middle" point ^^;
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod: but then I was struck with a better title and couldn't ignore it.
Ah sorry about that, initially this wasn't going to have any connection and was just going to be art, it can still be viewed that way
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll sort it out eventually, I think my biggest confusion right now is the different names for Cain and what those signify personality wise.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Edited Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol yeahhh he goes through too many names.

- Cain is the 'original' - who he was born as and who he was when he was an Enforcer - usually referred to in writing or extracts from Gaia's pov in which he doesn't talk very much except to drop existential bombshells or make misanthropic observations...apparently (though there is one from his pov). Cain is a lot less angry than Verus and just functions as an instrument to carry out his purpose - which is enforcing the Elite's will and carrying out Purges and Population Control. He wasn't initially created for anything else, but Future Planning picked up on his interest in Gaia and ran with it as an Integration experiment. Cain is 'blah', meant to be generic in appearance, as is his design.  His primary purpose, aside from Population Control, is 'symbiosis'

- 'Luther' is a persona he created in order to contact Subversives to better understand Gaia (a lot of friction between them is because she writes and creates, growing frustrated that he doesn't feel the same way about their freedom being oppressed). ("Universe 25' explains the reasons. But 'Lazarus' also explains what happened next.)

- Verus is what Cain becomes when he's taken into the Library.  Names from old lives are edited out by force and Authors of Truth are given new names by their Primary Editor (the one who 'saves' them).  Verus is saved by Didacus to become his successor, and becomes an Editor (as in, the person doing the erasing and making sure that Authors don't think subversive thoughts through ReVision and regular Edits (he also does Erasures, but those are very few)).  Verus doesn't remember Cain and is pretty happy with that - he's probably one of the few people to have welcomed ReVision (aside from Epeius of course) - but his memory does start resurfacing (seven years later thanks to Milo and his Open Letter) - hence why in this excerpt he remembers Gaia and the reason behind Luther. 
Verus is almost always drawn with the mouthpiece and the shaved hair (both with reason, the hair to keep the CID site accessible and clean, and the mouthpiece to keep him alive).  Verus seems to have more personality than Cain (maybe because I wrote for him and not for Cain!), and has disgusted internal monologues in which the word 'wretched' figures a lot, along with the occasional uncomfortable sound effect...
Verus' primary purpose is to Edit and Edit Again (and maintaining a high level of efficiency, which is a left over from his Enforcer programming that was never removed in Revision) - his secondary function (inserted by Daedalus, who had a finger in the pie as well, and seems to view him as another of his 'unchildren') is to protect the Library and the Core Beam.
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girl-n-herhorse Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Thank you! I'll have to read up on him as well, but this is a good starting point and it does clarify a lot :nod:
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. Verus is a lot more entertaining (in my opinion), both to draw and write.
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MercenaryBlade Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely disturbing. In a good way of course 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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TailypoArtist Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
Oh mai thats spooky... and the description only adds to the spoops... But its very fitting for the season, and a gorgeous piece.

Also.. this may be a very dumb question... but is this digital or traditional? Its hard to tell sometimes with high quality scanners and mind boggling amazing artists you see all the time on this site. 
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's one I sort of almost always wanted to attempt (or something similar anyway)

No not a dumb question at all. This is traditional (the sketch and process is on my instagram) it actually scanned very poorly compared to some other pictures, it really annoyed me as the original has more depth , but yeah I see a lot of traditional artists with amazing scan results and have yet to understand how they achieve that (especially with graphite or coloured pencil )
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TailypoArtist Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
You attempted and succeeded with flying colors! ^^
you see those colors? Well they're flying away. bye bye colors~

And its good to hear that clarification. I think the lower quality to the scan actually adds to the piece, its already dark and gritty acetic is really accentuated by that technical mishap.
I know whole heatedly what you mean. And as one who barely touches my sketch book, the mannerisms of professional level artists are far out of my ken.
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They colours were beautiful while they whooshed past *dazzled*

I may just try rescanning it on my other scanner (just to see if it makes a difference) i'm still learning to accept gritty speckly wobbles without going insane at the lack of smooth perfection (which never happens but you know, one can always kid oneself), it's good to hear it actually helps rather than detracts.
i've been trying to figure it out for more than 10 years and have yet to hit upon the answer, it must be a closely guarded secret known only to a select few (I swear that the watercolour artists are the ones who know it, but like hell they'll share it)
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TailypoArtist Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
them colors are fast. Daym.

I think that a cleaner image would be better, and that the effect I was mentioning could be easily added in a photo manipulation program. ^^

They must keep the sacred texts of art hidden from those who they deem unworthy.
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