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and god was a fly by JoeMacGown and god was a fly by JoeMacGown
pen and ink (11 X 15 inches)

finished this up this weekend (29 April 2007)

maybe we have it all wrong, perhaps the great mother is a fly. why do we always consider ourselves to be the dominant species anyway?
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
well she could be a (goddess) fly, flies are a crucial step in decomposition and renewal
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
they are that!
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:icontricias:
TriciaS Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:iconflyplz:Flies are a nuisance to man...and beast....but I find your interpretation of a fly rather beautiful!...It's an exquisite drawing!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
some of them are very pesty to be sure!
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:iconnewdlekabewdle:
NewdleKaBewdle Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I want to make a shirt out of this.
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
that would be so cool , to make a shirt of it
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
seriously? I don't see why not. I have a better image if you need it.
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:iconmouseland:
mouseland Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
nice & beautiful fly
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconsauriamami:
SauriaMami Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008   Photographer
yep...collected this awhile back too.....now y didn't i get to u'r WHOLE gallery after that?? i LOVE winged insects...even when they're attacking my computer monitor while i type this
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
good question, I am glad you did finally though! Seriously, I really appreciate you spending some time checking this stuff out!
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JacquelineRae Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
Yes! A fellow insect enthusiast!

Insects are way above humans when it comes to earthly dominance. The insect populations are constantly growing. Not to mention how much they have evolved and continue to diversify to this day. Insects can inhabit nearly every climate and habitat using only their evolutionary adaptations. Some of the eusocial insects also have the most advanced social systems of any animal. So what makes humans so great? It's taken us millions of years to develop this flawed society, while some silly little inverts can develop a perfect eusocial colony in a fraction of that time! All hail the insect lords:)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, insects are cool, and humans are way over rated!
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mathismondhut Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
all hail beelzebuth the lord of flies

baal zevuvs image was covered with blood and flies.....
bacchus image was covered with blood and flies.....

both have something to do with sacred mushroom, some of them grow on cowshit,,,,the jews made baal---baalzevuv (the lord of shit),

gods image is most radiant in our mind, and its eben more radiant when you take sacred mushroom....

so there is a godform worshipped as a flie, and he is also the patron-god of the humans who work on this plane as magicians..
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
cool, I knew that flies had something going on....
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:iconmathismondhut:
mathismondhut Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
Self mixed with an I = Flies
Fl"I"es or Se"I"lf

and most people are busy, nearly buzzing arround.....bzzzzzz

reason can make morbid jokes...
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
okay....so it was the title that got my attention....Yeah...

This is wonderful! So detailed. Your work is absorbing, enthralling and totally inspiring. Your lines are so fine and the shading is perfect.
The concept, also, is something that is intriguing and somewhat irreverant....and i adore that!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, yeah, somewhat irreverant. hope I don't offend anybody! I really appreciate your more than kind words! I love pen and ink, and the concept of drawing with lines. I am not so much worried about creating realistic images, and in fact, like the idea of things looking like drawings, rather than photorealism (which is cool). I like the intimacy, spontaneity, and permanence of ink. What you put down must stay. I don't mind painting, but always feel like I am cheating because it is so easy to fill areas with color.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Irreverance is so cool! It is good of you to want to avoid offending anyone. i stopped worrying about it long ago. i find that if i worry about offending anyone it curbs my creativity somewhat. So i just paint, draw or otherwise create whatever i feel.

You wrote, " I like the intimacy, spontaneity, and permanence of ink. What you put down must stay." i have to agree that it is true. i have done a few ink drawings and they were challenging in that sense. Once in a while, i need to challenge myself.

Your work is amazing. i am glad i found you here on dA.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
well, I don't worry about offending people too much! I am glad you are enjoying my art, thank you very much. I am enjoying yours as well. I love this site, it really inspires me. I am glad to have met you also (or whatever they call this form of communication), you sound like an interesting person.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, i am enjoying your art VERY much. i have to tell you that i went and took a look at your websites. Your family is beautiful! i can remember when my son was that young and he always had a smile on his face... He is 18 now and smiles most of the time (except when he is fighting with his girl). Your studio is so nice and BIG! Mine is nice too but full of inventory for eBay right now...so i have been using the house again. Your property is beautiful. We have 4 acres in Northern Arizona.

Thank you for saying that i sound like an interesting person. So do you. And yes, no matter where you meet someone, it is still 'meeting' them.... yeah.

Until we 'speak' again.....
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
awesome!!! love the amount of detail in your works.
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:iconhello-dali:
Hello-Dali Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
I am in awe...your detail work is amazing. Very impressive.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much..
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:icontheglome:
TheGlome Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa - this is exactly my sort of thing, haha. Not deified insects, but the surrealism. ;) I certainly love me my fly gods, though.

Amazing work, one of your best, I'd say, or at least, one of my favorites.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks man, I don't really worship insects either of course! although I find them quite interesting......
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:icontheglome:
TheGlome Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your secret's safe with me, haha. ;)
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DSil Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Student General Artist
Gasp! Beelzebub!

Wonderfully creepy, depraved background details.
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BlazeTBW Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:jawdrop: THIS WOULD BE SUCH AN AWESOME PRINT.
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite breathtaking! I love the detail. :clap:
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chutson99 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
A fly with an inordinate fondness for beetles
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:iconchutson99:
chutson99 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
A fly with an inordinate fondness for beetles
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Everyone likes beetles-they are very cool at that. However, it could be said that beetles are really just modified flies. Either way, they are certainly above people, at least having attained the level of godling or the equivalent, and therefore quite deserving of any special treatment from the ruling fly class. Obviously certain beetles, such as scarabs, and to a lesser extent, ground beetles, have been revered and even worshipped. But, I have to give the edge to flies when I think about the many diseases they may carry and the human lives they have indiscriminately taken throughout time, a fact which has had an enormous impact on society around the globe.
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chutson99 Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
No diss on flies, just an applied JBS Haldane quote.
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
...second that!
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:iconrzj:
Rzj Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
as always, stunning details. The idea is a good one to think about ;)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
of course, being an entomologist, I am somewhat biased...
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Katoflsallaht Featured By Owner May 1, 2007   Writer
great idea! great drawing! :D
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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electricdawn Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When the insect hoardes take over the world, this is what they will worship....beautiful detailed drawing! :)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not sure that the insects haven't taken over?
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:iconcreativebox:
CreativeBox Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Beautiful details - love the transparency of the wings!
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:iconengel08:
Engel08 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Student General Artist
You mean the lord of the flies? Well if Nature is satan and people believe the devil to be nature or that which is natural to man than maybe it is a goddess.

Either way a absolutely gorgeous illustration!!!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, or the fly-lord. nature does get a bad rap, eh. and thanks..
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