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Kill or be Killed by godwinfj Kill or be Killed by godwinfj
"What truly, is our culture of fear perpetuating? What are we protecting? When you are called to duty, will you kill or be killed?"

This piece is formed of the culmination of thoughts, emotions and experiences from my two years spent under mandatory national service in Singapore's armed forces. Through it, I was exploring issues rarely touched upon due, not least, to the perceived horrifying realities of war - issues pertaining to the citizen soldier's psyche, his freedoms versus perceived duties, and the functions as well as validity of a standing army as a deterrent force.

February 2008
Photoshop CS2
Revision of an old idea that was horribly executed. I'm not going to show it here but you can find it in my blog archives.

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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
awesome work mate
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy fuck! This is amazing!
Nukechaser24 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I lived in Singapore for four years as an expat. I actually recognized the uniform in another one of your works, but I didn't know if it was just coincidence or not. I love all of your work and your philosophy towards war, and I especially like this one, the way you use light and shade and perspective is amazing, it captures the horrific, gritty pandemonium that a war in such a small urbanized country with such an advanced military would mean.
cmcvs Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A masterpiece indeed!!!
Zurthuryx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic without a doubt. I love the first-person perspective. I've never seen a painting with done in that manner before. You can almost hear the gunfire, explosions, and the cries those who are dying.
Aniphine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Writer
Very powerful scene, I can almost her the shouts, the gunshots, the explosions and the blaring alarms. Great work. :clap:
adirtyjob Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FUCKING AMAZING! it looks so god damn real i feel like i should duck and cover
searching4somewhere Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really really amazing. The details are spectacular. And the perspective really makes me feel like im on the battlefield.

My only complaint about this piece is that you have the soldiers wearing forest camo in an urban setting
Other than that this is amazing
GoldenQueen Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god, this is the most beautiful (can I even say this since it's showing such a scene?) and the most stunning picture I have EVER seen!!!
It totally involves everyone who looks at it... and it looks so realistic, it's scaring me. great angle, by the way. You're a fantastic artist.
Insuyr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing o.o
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