“The greatest scientists are artists as well.”
How I make my pictures.
The first thing to know is that my art is not really art, it is just digital image manipulation. I basically just take an original image from Pinterest or Shutterstock of an animal, prehistoric hominin, medieval or Victorian person etc and superimpose a pre-prepared head of a present criminal over the head of the character on the original image. I then just delete or erase the original head and digitally touch up the affected areas around the head to get a nice smooth and clean image. All this is done in Adobe Draw, Adobe Fresco and Adobe Photoshop. I then put the finished image through filters in Prisma or BeCasso for the final beautiful rendering. I learned my digital art skills from my Bachelor of Arts Computer Animation (2:1) degree, however, I am not that good a drawing artist, hence that is why I cheat and just use digital image manipulation.
What my art is about.
To understand my art really need to read my writing blog at http://illegaltime.com. The concept is technically called hypothetical time travel (HTT), equivalent forgiveness (EF) and primitive innocence (PI) and is poetically called crime travel and time for forgiveness. I will now briefly explain the idea.
DEFINITION OF CRIME TRAVEL.
Crime travel works in the following way. Present criminals must become past criminals or relative criminals, and this is achieved through:
- Hypothetical time travel (HTT) to the past to such as the Lower Palaeolithic period, when life was more primitive and innocent and where (or when) present crimes such as murder and cannibalism were or seemed less of a problem.
- Equivalent forgiveness, which means a present criminal must become or equate to an animal, prehistoric hominin or person from the past such as the medieval or Victorian periods in order to lighten their sins and forgive them.
And the the most important forewarning of this blog, is that you definitely do not want to become a future criminal. Apart from the obvious, the reason you definitely do not want to become a future criminal is because the future is more advanced and therefore, more culpable and guilty than the blissful, primitive and innocent past, which could relatively get away with more sins such as recent slavery and statutory rape etc than the present or future. This means because you are more advanced in the future, you are much more responsible and culpable and guilty etc, therefore, you would get into a lot more trouble than the past for an equivalent sin.
A present criminal is a recent serious criminal who is not forgiven. A present criminal is a recent serious criminal who is dead or alive, incarcerated or at large who needs to serve time or to hypothetically time travel to the past in order to seek forgiveness, acceptance and relative innocence.
Past criminal or relative criminal.
A past criminal or relative criminal is a forgiven (ex-present) criminal who has either died, has served time in prison or is currently serving time in prison, or who has hypothetically time traveled to the past and has therefore, already attained forgiveness, acceptance and relative innocence.
A future criminal is someone who is planning to commit a crime in the future. A future criminal is something or someone you definitely do not want to be. This is because the future is more advanced and therefore, more culpable and guilty than the blissful, primitive and innocent past.
The media always paints unfortunate sinners in the worst possible light, I am simply saying that I can paint present criminals in the best possible light with time and relativity. Therefore, I am attempting to forgive Adolf Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer and Jimmy Savile in a largely non-Christian and secular way with time and relativity. We all put a lot of distance between ourselves and present criminals such as Adolf Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer and Jimmy Savile, in fact, down here on Earth we put them in prison to distance ourselves from them as much and for as long as possible. For example, if you burgle and get caught, people will distance themselves from you for a long time. However, as you will see instead of distance, the art on this website puts time between us and present criminals. What happens to present criminals in the afterlife? Are they forgiven? Do we still distance ourselves from them? I think not. Therefore, to reiterate the art of forgiveness puts time between us and present criminals, not distance or space. When you put time between yourself and a present sinner instead of distance, as you will see, although it is like prison, it is never hateful, vilifying or uses animosity etc. It is as light as possibly can be. And yes speed is always defined by two things, a distance covered and a time period. This is because the main hypothesis of my art and writing blog is that in order to forgive contemporary or modern present criminals, that they should therefore, be equivalent to primates, prehistoric hominins or ancient people of the past etc. Therefore, as along as a present criminal or sinner can hypothetically travel back in time and/or make him or herself equal to or equate to an animal, ape, primitive hominin, ancient, medieval or Victorian human etc, then in theory all crimes or sins real or imaginable can be forgiven. Therefore, the art on this website is about hypothetical time travel (HTT) or crime travel for present criminals in order to seek forgiveness, acceptance and relative innocence. Therefore, please be warned that the purpose of the art or the lighthearted images on this website and throughout my other writing blog is to counter or blot-out the negative or upsetting images that pop into our minds regarding the Holocaust, torture, cannibalism and necrophilia etc. The point that I am saying is that we should stay positive and not dwell on the mortifying examples and statistics of the Holocaust, torture, necrophilia and cannibalism etc, and the subsequent upsetting mental images that arise in our minds. Instead try to think of crime travel and these lighthearted and witty images of these people. I like art with a purpose or point, art that is meaningful, such as conceptual art for archaeologists and anthropologists etc. Therefore, most importantly you must understand that my art is an idea. That is, it is art that portrays an idea technically called hypothetical time travel (HTT), equivalent forgiveness (EF) and primitive innocence (PI) and poetically called crime travel and time for forgiveness. When I say idea I do not mean something off the top of my head. I believe most artists just get quick or instant concepts or ideas from the top of their heads, whereas to attain the idea of the art on this website I have read 135 books and wrote a 73k word blog. Think of it more like a Masters archaeologist student who has spent years reading and writing his or her 60k word thesis, and then has an imperative need to visualise something from the distant past such as a primitive tetrapodomorph. That is more like the idea of this art. Crime travel transcends genres, in that you can use any genre of art, such as academic, impressionism, modern or pop art etc to depict the idea. Therefore, my writing blog and my art ask the question, what if we could forgive present criminals with time and relativity or hypothetical time travel (HTT)? I believe that in the afterlife that all sins real or imaginable are forgiven. I do not believe in hell. Hence, the idea or purpose of my art and writing blog is the forgiveness of all sins real or imaginable down here in life or on Earth as well. Note, I read over 100 books and wrote 73k plus words before I attained the idea and the art. For example, art is an under appreciated field until an archaeologist or palaeontologist has an urgent need to visualise something from the distant past etc. How else can you see prehistoric man without art? That is unless you have a time machine. Budush! On the other hand art can be pointless and meaningless, such as decorative art, art for aesthetics or art to make something look pretty etc. Hence, to understand my art you really need to read my writing blog. With my art the value lies in the subject, meaning or idea as opposed to art for art’s sake. The difference between scientific art and decorative art is that the former is imperative while the latter can be pointless. For example, a still life fruit bowl was fine for Jacopo de’Barbari in the 1504, because it broke new ground, however, I find modern depictions of such as a still life fruit bowl quite pointless and meaningless. Art is a funny field because it can sometimes just be about making something look pretty, such as just ‘drawing’ for drawing’s sake, such as drawing something to the best of your abilities to get it to look as real as possible. I hate this kind of art. However, at other times art is imperative such as conceptual art for archaeologists or visualising something from the past such as prehistoric people etc. This kind of art I love. Everything that can possibly be done in art has been done, even divisionism and cubism etc. Therefore, I am trying to break new ground with this kind of art. With my art it is never about the quality of the image, as in academic art or realistic like such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s or Sandro Botticelli‘s etc. Other people can do much better images or graphic design. But that is exactly my point, in that graphic design or art for art’s sake can sometimes be meaningless and pointless. All that I do is trace and add the face. I am not actually that good an artist. However, I believe the controversy, meaning and idea comes primarily through the faces of my infamous subjects. To reiterate, the most important purpose of my art is that you get the idea. That is all! You undoubtedly can do better. To briefly explain the idea behind my art, because Adolf Hitler cared so much about racism and (and I quote) “subhumans,” I have used time, relativity and art to make him equivalent to a primate or archaic hominin. And because Jeffrey Dahmer was a cannibal in America in the 20th century, the only thing he can be or equate to is an archaic hominin such as Homo antecessor (who was also cannibalistic). Therefore, with time and relativity, I have also made him as such. Also, because the age of consent in England was 12 until 1875, I have used time travel to make Jimmy Savile the equivalent of a medieval or Victorian man. This is in order to lighten their sins and forgive them. To reiterate, the above mentioned subjects were anachronistic, in that they all committed sins which are in the wrong space and time, hence I have used time and relativity or hypothetical time travel (HTT) to make them primates, archaic hominins or medieval or Victorian people etc in order to lighten their sins and forgive them. I believe we can use art, literature, time and relativity to paint the most serious criminals in a lighthearted way. You may say my art is too controversial? However, isn’t art supposed to be controversial? Isn’t art supposed to shock? Isn’t art supposed to break new ground? I believe it is. I have seen some shocking things in the Tate and Royal Academy myself, especially in the over-18 galleries. That’s what I like about my art, in that it is too controversial, even for artists like Damien Hirst or Andy Warhol etc. They would not risk their careers or reputations to draw Adolf Hitler in a lighthearted style for forgiveness etc. For example, impressionism was at first frowned upon by the established art community in the 19th century, and for example, Olympia by Édouard Manet in 1863 was extremely shocking for its time, because although there had always been nudity in art with nymphs, cherubs and Venuses etc no one had ever portrayed what basically amounted to pornographic nudity of a prostitute before.
Also, The Origin of the World by Gustave Courbet in 1866 was extremely shocking and controversial for its time, and to be honest it is still probably controversial today.
Therefore, my art is no different for its time. That is, you may condemn it today, but tomorrow it may be the norm, trivial or small potatoes? For example, Monty Python’s 1979 film, Life of Brian was considered extremely shocking and controversial for its time, and was banned in the UK during the late 1970s and 1980s. However, relatively, today this seems ridiculous to us. I would like you to consider this question? How else can you create politically correct art of Adolf Hitler without being negative, vilifying or using animosity towards him? How else can you create art of Adolf Hitler definitely without eulogising, panegyrising, adoring or worshipping or conversely without being negative, vilifying or using animosity towards him? What is the best possible light that you can draw or sculpt Adolf Hitler in without either of the aforesaid connotations? There is no other way to do this than with art of forgiveness, hypothetical time travel (HTT), equivalent forgiveness (EF) and primitive innocence (PI) or (poetically) crime travel and time for forgiveness. For example, The Big Night Down the Drain (1962-63) by Georg Baselitz is a representation of Adolf Hitler masturbating. However, without art of forgiveness or time for forgiveness this is about as politically correct as an artist can be when depicting Adolf Hitler. As you can see it is entirely vilifying and ugly.
The same logic applies to all present sinners such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Jimmy Savile, not just Adolf Hitler. I intend to make more drawings regularly. So more on the way! I am learning Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Fresco as I go, hence you can see the improvement. You are welcome to have and use the images. If you would like the full resolution images, click on a thumbnail of your choice, then click ‘View full size’. You may need to scroll down. I use Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fresco, Adobe Photoshop and Prisma. All done on iPad Air 3 with Apple Pencil. Digital art is the only skill I take from my 2:1 Bachelor of Arts, Computer Animation degree. I also got an A* for GCSE Art. What do you think, pop art or post-impressionism?
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