Trained to protect?
or a license to kill?
For the Wacom/dA contest, Bring Your Vision to Life.
Alright, guess I'll explain this piece a bit. As most of my active watchers and friends already know, I'm in the army in Singapore. So naturally it has quite the influence in most of my recent works. After reading up on the contest guidelines and its theme, I started to brainstorm some ideas. I didn't want to do the cliche good vs evil but I'm not creative enough to come up with something incredibly mindboggling either!
Anyway, my thoughts eventually came back to a particular sentence my Sergeant Major has repeatedly said, "You have the license to kill." It actually irked me when he said that, but it's the truth. It's also true that our training and service is to protect our loved ones.
So this soldier here is depicted as a witness to the horror's of war. He's there to protect and is reaching out to someone, but at the same time, he knows he has killed, his enemies also have friends and family. Killing, even if necessary, is never a good thing. As for the person whose eyes we're looking through, she is either fearful of the stranger before her or she's reaching out to him for refuge.
That's all I have to say for this painting