|Love the symbolic irony of this piece!|
So, this is my first update of July. I know I skipped June, but with the Phoenix Comicon and then a two week vacation, I didn't have much time for creating new work. (Well, actually I did, but nothing I could have blogged about. Hehe.) I'm making up for it this month as I have gone full blown work mode! Must create all the things! The Sting Chronicles is in pre-production for our film; the film that will be the climax for our 2 season Youtube web series. We will be starting production pretty soon, and thus why I have been churning out posters, concept art, and storyboards. I actually wanted to do a Sting Chronicles post this month describing all the inner workings of my thoughts while creating these new works. However, I realized that would be giving too much away for the movie, so you all shall just have to wait to watch the film and then come back for my full in-depth conceptualizations. For now you can see my new work either via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Actually on Pinterest I've started an Art of the Sting Chronicles board, where I shall eventually post up all the artwork I've done for the show. So, yes, follow me on Pinterest and see the latest from Danielle Pajak Illustrations! Also I started a Tumblr!
|So. Bored. I guess it's time to break out |
my plans for a new world order.
"Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him." - John 13:3-5
L takes the humble position. He doesn't see Light as his enemy, but as his friend. Once I was done bawling, inwardly of course, I realized that Light, in his delusions of creating a new world, was being shown a new world right then and there! Light feels he has to make the world a better place, because it is so evil, and so justifies his psycho killing sprees and self-worship in the name of that, but L, humbly, shows him an entirely different way. It is a way that submits, humbles itself, and yes, even lays down its life. Though L doesn't literally lay down his life, he does submit himself onto death quietly, deciding to show an act of love towards the very person responsible for his death rather than taking revenge or hating him. It is such a powerful and beautiful scene. Here are some caps just because I must share my love for this!
|Oh my gosh! He's like an adorable, sad Japanese panda!|
|I'm totally unaffected by your adorable panda ways of humility, L.|
Obviously, I wanted to create this "yin yang" effect in my piece as a way of contrasting the concepts of Light and L. Usually in the manga artwork, L is shown crouched down (because he has such bad posture hehe) and Light is placed on higher ground, but I wanted to flip that. I wanted to show the true state of things, as Light is chained to his world of death, while L is in the light, looking on, extending a hand towards Light in love. The top shows the shinigami Ryuk and a creature of my own creation, based on descriptions of the heavenly creatures described in the Bible. They have their hands extended out holding an apple. The apple has two connotations in the story, and the one I'm using it here for is the forbidden fruit, or contrary-wise, the fruit of the Tree of Life. "The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." - Genesis 2:9. In Japanese culture the shinigami is a death god, that as wikipedia describes it, "invite humans toward death." Furthermore: "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” - Genesis 2:16-17. And: "But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” - Genesis 3:4-5. So, the shinigami Ryuk, like the Serpent, invites Light towards death, due to the lie in Light's heart that he can be like God. In contrast to this, the fruit of the Tree of Life leads to eternal life; and in the end of this story, as the credits quietly role, we see Light laying in the pool of his own blood, and before he closes his eyes unto death, Ryuk having written Light's name in the Death Note, the spirit of L stands looking on, humbly victorious. The name of the last episode of the show is "New World." (Commence uncontrollable sobbing. Inwardly, of course.) So, that's the name of my piece, New World, a title of irony for Light, but a title of truth for L.
I'm sorry for all the major spoilers, but you must go watch this anime! It is more than its twists and turns, though those are incredibly exciting and intense in of themselves. This anime excellently combines the supernatural with deductive reasoning, a detective story with a morality tale, and an intellectual thriller with a deeply meaningful story. Watch it! It's instant on Netflix! That is all. :-)
He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11