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The Savage Gentleman
For ten years I have been polishing this sword;
Its frosty edge has never been put to the test.
Now I am holding it and showing it to you, sir:
Is there anyone suffering from injustice? 
    - Jia Dao (779—843 CE)
    An elderly man leaned back into his saddle as the gaunt horse clumsily navigated the rocky terrain of the hill. He grimaced in pain with every misstep his mount took. His padded tunic offered him little protection from the winter cold.
    "Damn you, you bastard," he screamed at his horse. "Can't you walk a little smoother? You'll be the death of me yet!"
    "Maybe I can help you with that," a powerful voice said.
    All of sudden, a large bandit emerged from the snow covered forest with a nine-ring saber. They jingled as he swung the heavy blade over his head and pointed it at the old man with a swollen, muscular arm. "I am
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21 - Apes - Synchronized Swimming by Ghostexorcist 21 - Apes - Synchronized Swimming :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 1 0 20 - Chimpanzees - I never forget a butt by Ghostexorcist 20 - Chimpanzees - I never forget a butt :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 1 0 19 - Orangutans - Momma's Boy by Ghostexorcist 19 - Orangutans - Momma's Boy :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 1 0 18 - Howler Monkeys - Death Metal Voices by Ghostexorcist 18 - Howler Monkeys - Death Metal Voices :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 1 2 Realistic Sha Wujing - Friar Sand (WIP) #2 by Ghostexorcist Realistic Sha Wujing - Friar Sand (WIP) #2 :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 2 0 Realistic Sha Wujing - Friar Sand (WIP) by Ghostexorcist Realistic Sha Wujing - Friar Sand (WIP) :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 1 3 Monkey King with Mandorla Halo by Ghostexorcist Monkey King with Mandorla Halo :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 4 16 Monkey King - Full Body Design by Ghostexorcist Monkey King - Full Body Design :iconghostexorcist:Ghostexorcist 5 5


Spidey vs Everyone WIP by uncannyknack Spidey vs Everyone WIP :iconuncannyknack:uncannyknack 782 48 ''Alternative facts'' by jollyjack ''Alternative facts'' :iconjollyjack:jollyjack 812 809 Athena 2 by YamaOrce Athena 2 :iconyamaorce:YamaOrce 1,330 44 Zhu Bajie by Ceremonsen Zhu Bajie :iconceremonsen:Ceremonsen 32 18 imagin the Journey to the West by akenoomokoto imagin the Journey to the West :iconakenoomokoto:akenoomokoto 72 31 Savage Gentleman p2 by fuxikus Savage Gentleman p2 :iconfuxikus:fuxikus 9 0 Savage Gentleman p3 by fuxikus Savage Gentleman p3 :iconfuxikus:fuxikus 9 4 another try on comics :) by fuxikus another try on comics :) :iconfuxikus:fuxikus 12 11 Charles Darwin by TeemuJuhani Charles Darwin :iconteemujuhani:TeemuJuhani 364 13 The Original Snowflakes by AmericanDreaming The Original Snowflakes :iconamericandreaming:AmericanDreaming 60 57 Sundar Kand (Ramayana) by Bhargav08 Sundar Kand (Ramayana) :iconbhargav08:Bhargav08 8 2 But Madam, You Did it Yourself by AmericanDreaming But Madam, You Did it Yourself :iconamericandreaming:AmericanDreaming 35 62 Angelic Hierarchy by Zombiesmile Angelic Hierarchy :iconzombiesmile:Zombiesmile 1,842 394 Monkey King by avotius Monkey King :iconavotius:avotius 114 35 Torii of Itsukushima Shrine by MirielVinya Torii of Itsukushima Shrine :iconmirielvinya:MirielVinya 102 20 Celestial Warrior Uriel by Carlos-Quevedo Celestial Warrior Uriel :iconcarlos-quevedo:Carlos-Quevedo 1,127 159



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Jim R. McClanahan
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper-turned-college graduate with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Chinese and Art History. I wanted to be a professional artist in my younger years, but I really don't draw anymore. I make art exclusively on the computer now. Cartoons were my dominant mode of expression for years, but I've transitioned more into photomanipulations.

Favourite style of art: Tibetan Buddhist
Operating System: Windows 8 (unfortunately)
Favourite cartoon character: Freakazoid!
Personal Quote: I would if I could, but I won't because I can't


Medusa Concept
This was an assignment for my intermediate photoshop class. I never finished it while the course was running, but the teacher was very happy with what I showed him at the time. I finally found the time to complete it. 

I wanted to do a different version of Medusa than one normally sees. Ancient records portray her as a great beauty with bird wings and snake hair. This is why I didn't portray her with a serpentine lower half. I wanted her sensual female form to be the focus of the piece. I didn't do the wings, however, because they would have obscured the soldier. In their place I added the glowing cobra hood pattern to show that she is still a monster. In place of a mop of snakes, I gave her dreadlocks with serpents issuing forth from the tips. Dreads obviously have a snake-like quality. 

I originally wanted to add aged pillars and torches to the walls, but I'm a lazy artist. I may get around to this in the future. The cave seems kind of bland. 
18th-Century Chinese Hell Scroll
This is an 18th-century Chinese hell scroll that I recently purchased. The visible area of the painting is 22.75 x 52.5-inches, not including the frame, which has been cropped out. It depicts the King of Mt. Tai (Taishan Wang), a judge who presides over the seventh of ten courts of hell in the Chinese underworld. He sits at a bench overseeing the torture of sinners in the bottom left and right corners. The idea of purgatory first appeared in China in the 7th-century and brought with it the concept of the Ten Judges or Kings. Souls would be brought before a magistrate and suffer punishment for a given sin before being sent onto the next court and so forth. After suffering for a three year period, the soul would finally be sent onto their next life. This is actually a combination of native Chinese and Hindu-Buddhist belief systems. As far back as the Han Dynasty hell was originally considered an otherworldly bureaucracy where souls were kept en masse. With the coming of Buddhism from India, a different view of the underworld evolved wherein souls would be reborn in one of six paths (deva, asura, human, animal, hungry ghost, and hell) and burn off any bad karma via suffering in life until they were pure enough to be reborn in a Buddha realm. 

Two of the Ten Judges stand as perfect examples of the intermixing of the two belief systems. The aforementioned seventh judge, King of Mt. Tai, is an allusion to a famous Chinese holy mountain. The fifth judge, King Yama, is a Buddhist holdover from Hinduism who originally ruled as the god of the underworld.

Not everyone living in medieval China could read Buddhist scriptures, so the purgatories were eventually illustrated as a powerful teaching tool. Nothing says behave like seeing a demon eviscerating someone in full bloody color. Such “Hell Scrolls” remain quite popular even to this day. Charles D. Orzech suggests that one of the reasons why they remained popular through the end of dynastic China was because they served as not so subtle reminders to be a law abiding citizen. Otherworldly judges doling out painful punishments mirrored the actions of their earthbound counterparts. Real-world magistrates were known for using torture to gain confessions. One such device was used to slowly fracture the ankles and shins.

Those interested can see more hell scrolls here.…

The scroll was photographed by Michael Perkins. Portions of the left and right margins are obscured by the frame. I plan to have it reframed at a later time. 

* Teiser, S. F. (2003). The scripture on the ten kings and the making of purgatory in medieval Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.


I attempted to translate the inscription on the right middle margin of the piece in order to determine the exact date. With some help, the characters and translation are as follows:

(Left column) 天運庚辰年吉月吉日

"An auspicious day and month in the Gengcheng year of the Tianyun reign era"

(Right column) 李槑清供奉

"Offering by Li Meiqing"

If the painting is truly from the 18th-century (as listed when I purchased it), the two years that fall under the Gengcheng cycle are 1700 and 1760. I'm guessing it's the latter. But the thing that is most interesting to me is the name of the reign era, which designates the years during which a particular emperor was in power. Tianyun was used almost exclusively by Chinese rebel groups who refused to conform to the official reign eras under the foreign-ruled Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Fans of Shaw Brothers films will know these rebels as the Chinese boxers who used martial arts against their Manchu rulers. Think The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (a.k.a. Shaolin Master Killer).

I found a video on youtube that showed how to make a halo. My version of photoshop didn't have everything they used, so the halo didn't turn out as nice looking. This is just practice for an upcoming piece.

All credit goes to the original photographer (whoever that is).

22 - Monkey Tourism of Europe
Primate Fact of the Day #22: The Barbary Macaques of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on the coast of southern Spain, are the only wild population of primates in Europe. There are roughly 300 individuals comprising 5 troops living in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. Due to their habituated nature, the monkeys are considered the top tourist attraction in the territory.
Monkey Tourist Wip
This is a work in progress for an upcoming entry in my "Primate Fact of the Day" series. I'm still deciding on a background. All elements, including the hat, head, arms, hands and camera, Hawaiian shirt, white t-shirt, fanny pack, cargo shorts, legs, and feet and sandals, are separate images. 

Here is the finished product:…


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Entropician Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional General Artist

Hi, thanks for the comment and for the submission request, I hope you'll enjoy even the rest of my gallery, have a good day, bye!:) 

Ghostexorcist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome. Feel free to submit more of your Monkey King-related work. 
Entropician Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional General Artist
sure! and thanks!^^
GoldenAngel3341 Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
Ty for submitted the wukong art for the group favorites.
Ghostexorcist Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure
fLieRz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave !
have a nice day :)
jarkko1 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch
Ghostexorcist Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. I know quality work when I see it.
fanny-space Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks a lot for the :+fav: !!
PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the FAV
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