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A personal artwork for a change

In the 1970's I was conscripted into the army in part because there were 'Reds under bed'. We here taught how to track, set up Claymore ambushes, fire RPG's, shoot a coin off a brick and to go out and find other young men and kill them. Most of us were too young to drive a car and we weren’t allowed into a pub.

During that time the government felt the need to preserve our moral purity by banning images of topless women so that we could go and slaughter total strangers with pure, unsullied souls.

When I was finally allowed to leave the military 12 years later, I was old enough to drive a car and visit pubs. I had served my country and done what was asked of me but even then, if I’d been found in possession of an image of a semi-naked women the penalty would have been jail - exactly the same sentence had I refused to fight in their ridiculous war…

Acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencil on MDF board, 24 x 36 inches.

The pencil comp is to be found here: markraats.deviantart.com/art/S…
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JohnnyBigoud Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive ! The atmosphere and the comments remind me of a novel "Sympathy for the Devil" by Ken Anderson. The editor would have been very lucky if he had learned about your art and inspired if he had asked you to make the cover !^^ The drawings of Indy are impressive too, very elegant hommage to this great saga !
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you very much JohnnyBigoud sir.

I appreciate you taking the time to write such a thoughtful note..
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
This is fantastic. Love all the detail.
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Many thanks. Being a more personal piece, its always difficult to anticipate how people will react  with it not being either Star Wars or Indy.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment Kristine..
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
You're welcome! It's always nice to be able to do something just for yourself :)
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johnnyjester Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes....the young and poor go first to war.  Aren't they lucky?  Obedient and loyal.  Show these young men  a few nipples attached to female breasts and all their training unravels.  Also, a nipple could poke your eye out if you get to close and forget to blink....and it's frozen solid?  Nipples are dangerous! ;)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Hahahaha... spot on John sir!

Many thanks....
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johnnyjester Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your top notch art and thought process.  Always happy to find people who agree that war is such a waste of "the people's" time and that censorship is just absurd.  
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Denis-Peterson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Mature Content: What a Mindfuck

No PTS accepted back in the 60's, after humping nine 16 hr days "ok mutts, tonight you get to sleep outside in full gear, enjoy the mud and rain .. just be at the ready with clean weapons for inspection at 0400!" 

Yeah, FtA was the battle cry of the day, at least it was/still is mine. 

PS really great work on many levels, enough said, getting brainfreeze ...
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
LOL, cheers brother - warmly appreciated to be sure, especially because you see what I was trying to achieve...

Stay warm and best of luck over there mate!
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