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Sic Semper Tyrannis by bergamind Sic Semper Tyrannis by bergamind
Colonization and cultural contamination are two subjects (or maybe just one) that I always been interested in. Nothing good could result when a developed society invades (either in a friendly or unfriendly manner) a more primitive culture.

There is plenty of examples for this in our history but this image explores specifically the colonization of South America. It was commissioned by chilean band Huinca (term for the non-aborigine in Mapuche language) as cover art. The concept is a mix of a little bit of mythology with modern politics... it blends the ancient battle of the common man against an impossible adversary (like David and Goliath), which in this case is represented by a massive Lovecraftian creature; in its back, it carries what I call the "unholy trinity" of powers... war (missiles), religion (a cathedral) and economics (oil plants).

Our heroes, are representatives of the three main aboriginal cultures of the lower part of South America: Mapuche, Incas and Rapa-nui (although Rapa-Nui is in the middle of the pacific, it belongs to Chile).

All three against an all-powerful and evil adversary... will they succeed???
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:iconnightslayer2907:
NightSlayer2907 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
what do you use to make these pictures is it pencil drawing or is it computerized etc..?
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
all of it... it starts as a pencil drawing... then I colored it in Photoshop
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NightSlayer2907 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
ahh that's really useful tnx :3
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NightSlayer2907 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
it is SOOOOOO COOOOOL!!! :3
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Jamesaragonastudios Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the piece even though I don't agree with the religion part.  It's sort of a double edge sword, it could be used for good, but also for evil.  Sadly this is the story of survival of the fitness. 
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
it's just a visual metaphor
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Jamesaragonastudios Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ok
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smith4891 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is an old piece for you, but I only just saw it today. I love your description as I agree with you. The unholy trinity on the "titan" (if I may) is an excellent touch. You sir, are one to watch, literally and figuratively. :) Excellent work, and I can't wait to see more!
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bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
there's more coming indeed!
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MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept and execution. Great art.
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
thanks!
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work
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:iconjagerschnitzelananas:
FANTASTIC image
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Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kinda like when the spanish invaded my Aztec ancesotrs,I have to say I don't know what we people from the continent of america did to get colonized.This is great by the way sends a powerful meesage.
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bigluv330 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
this piece is F#$%ING amazing the whole thing just blows my mind very moving regardless of the critics its awesome for real
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Engkong668 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Nice work! Great perpectives and details.
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Kevin-McKee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never bought into the myth of the noble savage. The Rapa Nui completely deforested their islands building the Moi (wiping out more than a few species in the process), and from what I've read, were at times reduced to cannibalism to survive. The Incas were perhaps less bloodthirsty than the Aztecs, but that's only a comparative measure: they still weren't exactly the kind of folks you'd want to find living next door to you. A great argument of Desmond Morris' (from "The Naked Ape", I believe) is that there are no truly primitive cultures left on Earth, and none have existed for hundreds or thousands of years: there are only stultified or stagnant cultures; cultures that -- for one reason or another -- have failed to progress and innovate, and I have to say that I agree with him. It's mostly a lack of technological means that has kept most primitive cultures from doing truly lasting damage to their environment, not a surplus of restraint or superior virtues.
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bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Very good analysis, and I agree. Although the main concept is not about the natural virtues of savages, but about the abuse of an advanced civilization over a more primitive one. I am very aware that even between aboriginal civilizations there were racism and even slavery... but never to the level achieved by the spanish when they arrived to the Americas... they completely robbed and wiped out the Inca civilization (and almost all Mapuche tribes to the south). I included the Rapa Nui by request of the client because they are part of the chilean territoty, even though they were never part of the violent colonizations of the Americas. So this is more about the preservation local cultures against imperialism than the virtues of the "noble savage".
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Kevin-McKee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"So this is more about the preservation local cultures against imperialism than the virtues of the "noble savage"." -- I'm sorry, I guess I missed what you were trying to convey in your painting, then -- to me, at first glance, it seemed to be another romanticized tribute to the "noble savage" cliche. But rather than show these three primitive tribes facing off against a modern representation of war, religion, and economics, wouldn't it perhaps have been more appropriate to show them facing off against a contemporary representation of this trinity: the Conquistadors; the Catholic Church (having just barely concluded the horrors of the Inquisition in Europe, and who found a New World source of souls to save -- by the book if possible, and by the sword if necessary); and the slavers (including the other Indian tribes who profited from this trade) who enslaved thousands of the indigenous Indians to work the plantations the Spanish established in the New World? It certainly wasn't the modern equivalent of these three things represented in your artwork that decimated these peoples. I might have even included germ warfare, since the bacteria and viruses introduced by the Spanish killed far more Indians than were killed by violence, which had nothing to do with the Spanish's comparatively advanced technology; had nothing to do with the merits of one culture over the other; and had everything to do with the indigenous tribes geographical isolation and their inherent lack of resistance to these microorganisms. Still, on a technical level, it's a beautiful piece of work and I'm envious of the skill and talent you've exhibited by it. Have a good one...
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bergamind Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
yeah... actually everything you mentioned can be found in the three powers represented by the creature. It all depends on certain point of view... it's a metaphor, therefore open to interpretations. You read it in a certain way... the next person might read it completely different.
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Lord-Mandible Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"It's okay, guys. We got this. Imma hit 'im with my bola."
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Who knows. It might work!
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Wixaleyin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
¡Mvna kvmey! Petu mogeleyiñ pu Mapunce.
(¡Muy bueno! Aun estamos vivos los mapuche)
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bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
wow... la lucha sigue!
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rayalexwebsite Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your images are ABSOLUTELY fantastic, thx for letting us see them!

Best regards Ray Alex
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supermarioART Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic pic and concept!;-)
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Umi-Tatsuky Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Muy bien echo. Es una excelente representación, aunque no creo que este bien usar a Rapanui, después de todo ellos quieren independizarse de Chile alegando que no forman parte del país y la cultura, la sobre-población producto de los muchos continentales que llegan a la isla a vivir, además de que el gobierno vela solo por las necesidades del continente y no se preocupa por la isla (cosa con la que concuerdo, un ejemplo es el casino que querían poner en la pequeña isla sin pensar en las consecuencias para los habitantes de la misma)

Pero en fin, esa es m opinión sobre los héroes que elegiste, porque por lo demás realmente creo que es un excelente trabajo y representación :3
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bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Concuerdo con tu observacion. Pero la idea de usar las tres tribus no fue mia. Esta imagen fue una comisión de caratula (como casi todos mis trabajos). La banda sugirió a las tres tribus por ser las representativas del litoral de chile: altiplano, zona central y rapa-nui. El concepto central es la resistencia de las tribus indígenas (de chile) al yugo colonizador del mercado, la guerra y la religión (representadas por la criatura).
Debo decir que si bien conceptualmente es discutible, creo que el impacto visual del aborigen rapa-nui combinado con los otros dos, es muy fuerte. Las tres tribus se ven muy distintas y eso es lo que buscaba... el impacto visual. Digamos que cuando se trata de dramatizar, la fantasía toma un rol mas importante que la exactitud política o histórica. Esto es fantasia con un buque politico... nada mas.
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Umi-Tatsuky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
No sabía que era para una banda, ese cd tendrá una buena carátula.

Estoy de acuerdo, visualmente esa combinación da un excelente resultado, justamente por lo distintas que son.
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
yes... here's a blog about it if you're interested. =) [link]
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Umi-Tatsuky Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Hey, los dos conceptos están muy buenos. Aunque creo que hicieron bien trabajando con este, el otro que dejaron sin usar estaba bueno, pero este tiene más impacto.
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bergamind Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
asi es...
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claudioalvarez Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muy bueno!
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loboproto Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Muy bueno, realmente tenes un gran talento, y el mensaje que dejaste es la pura verdad! felicidades!
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XDAylenYacanteDX Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconawwwplz: WAAAAAAAAAA!!! El simbolismo está perfecto!Me encantó el concepto! Y... SI!!! Los héroes ganarán pero sólo si se unen! :iconepicplz: :iconepicplz: :iconepicplz:
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R-Buscaglia Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Impresionante, un grosso de verdad. No tiene nada que envidiarle a ningún prócer del medio. Realmente excelente.
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bergamind Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
wow... muchas gracias. :meditation:
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MrRedHot Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This is fucking amazing!! i wanted to know what all did you use when creating this piece of art. Such as mediums, type of paper, etc.
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
It started as a pencil drawing on paper... but what you see there is a digital painting. Made on a Wacom Tablet.
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BrittaM Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Brilliant concept and great painting.
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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
thanks... this work was commissioned by a metal band as cover art for their new CD. So the concept was a combined effort.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, your work has been selected to be in #Genuine-ART's Featured Corner.
Have a nice day,

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:iconbergamind:
bergamind Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
thank you very much... =)
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :huggle:
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AltoContrasteStudio Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pulento! :XD:
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Lockox2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome and great concept.
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maxevry Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
So rad! Cthulhu!
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nisamerica Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How dare you call "Religion" unholy??!

Nah, just kidd, I understand fully. :D
Wish they succeed. :)

Anyway, this is a very cool piece! Especially the concept, I like it!! :D
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Clearmirror-StillH2O Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
epic!
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HatTrick321 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love how that one dude is like "Hell Yeah!"! If I was in the picture, I would be high fiven that guy.
:highfive:
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