Monday, 18 January 2010

Vampires

Some more fiction concept sketches. My years at art college seem largely to have been dedicated to pursuading me that speculative fiction related material is silly, childish or not real art. My life is far too short to think shit like that. Obviously this ain't gallery stuff, but all too often it's what my imagination starts chewing over when I let it rip, and I can't deny that.

One side effect I've noticed of three years or 'serious' art is that I've lost whatever meagre ability I had to draw hands. Hands are the Final Boss of the human figure for most artists: just getting their scale right can be challenging enough, even without all those fucking fingers. When you add foreshortening into the mix it just becomes horrible. Seems I am going to have to very much sit down with my copy of Anatomy for the Artist and have a couple of sessions of straight up just drawing fucking hands. Yay.

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THE NIGHT LAWS
Ministry of the Occult leaflet no. 48952

Firstly, whomsoever, being ungodly, killeth a christian without due cause, he shall be put to death.
Secondly, whomsoever, being ungodly, killeth one of his own sort without due cause, he shall be put before the mercy of the special courts.
Thirdly, whomsoever, being ungodly, createth more than one like unto himself, he shall be put to death and his illegal protege also shall be put before the mercy of the special courts.
Fourthly, whomsoever useth ungodly powers against the government of Great Britain or her provinces and dependencies, the Sovereign thereof, or the established church of England, or shall use such powers against nations allied with or friendly to the above, he shall be put to death.
Fifthly, whomsoever belongeth to any group or order declared treasonous to this nation by the special courts, or who knowingly carry out the orders or plans of such a group, he shall be put to death.
Sixthly, whomsoever shall reveal, or conspire to reveal, the nature of his ungodliness or that of others to persons not suited for such revelations, he shall be placed at the mercy of the special courts.
Seventhly, whomsoever useth ungodly powers for the purposes of fraud or deception of christian folk, or unduly useth the knowledge gained by unnatural years, he shall be placed at the mercy of the special courts.
Finally, whomsoever, being ungodly, breaketh the other laws of this land, he shall be placed at the mercy of the special courts.


The night laws were written in 1695, following the pattern of similiar continental laws. Still in force, and forming the core of the UK's secret laws, they have remained unchanged ever since, and some of the legal jargon might be unfamiliar to less antiquated readers, and may appear offensive to some. The implications of this language no longer necessarily reflect the views of the British government. The term 'ungodly', used throughout, means anyone who is defined as 'differently human' by the Definitions Act (revised) of 1995. Christian, conversely, means anyone who is defined under the above act as 'normally human', and has nothing to do with an individuals religious background. Being put 'at the mercy of the special courts' means that the punishment is not fixed, and can be any which it is in the power of the special courts to give out, including fines, imprisonment, curses and the death penalty. The 'due cause' mentioned in the second laws covers mostly self defence, and actions which have been given prior legal sanction (ie. killing an enemy of the crown during wartime, an executioner conducting his duties). Killing in hot blood is NOT considered a mitigating circumstance under the Night Laws. The complexities of the third law, especially with regards to witchcraft, are detailed in the pamphlet 'Paranormal Reproduction and the Law'. For a list of organisations that have been outlawed by the special courts, please consult the pamphlet 'Combating Supernatural Terrorism'. 'the inhuman nature of others' is identical to 'state occult secrets', as defined by the Occult Secrets Act of 1932. Under the Rotterdam Treaty, the Night Laws have primacy over the European laws on human rights, but do not otherwise affect your statutory rights as a British citizen. For further information about the Night Laws or other secret laws, please refer to the other publications of this department or to the secret section of the British Library. All publications issued by this department are available in Large Print, Braille, Audiobook form, Welsh, Punjabi and other languages as and when available.



This second sketch showcases a technique I have been experimenting with whereby if I get the picture wrong I hack it to pieces and put it back together with masking tape. Not entirely effective

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