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We Sleep, They Live by Seothen
We Sleep, They Live

“It figures it would be something like this.”

That’s not the most-quoted line from They Live, something about chewing posterior and kicking gum is more popular.  But I love the moment in They Live when Piper’s character just looks at the TV screen, realizing that alien imposters have taken over everything, and all he can do is laugh and say – “It figures it would be something like this.”

A few moments ago I read that my all-time favourite wrestler died – Mr. Rowdy Roddy Piper.  This isn’t a very good homage to him, but I had to draw something, and you know what – his acting wasn’t super hot either, so maybe this is totally appropriate.

I wish you’d had a lot more good years ahead of you.

Space Marine Vector by Seothen
Space Marine Vector

I can count the number of people I’d call friends on two hands.  This has less to do with the quality of people I’ve met in my life than it has to do with my extreme introversion, laidback paranoia, and intermittent as-the-Germans-say ‘Je ne sais vhat?’

This past week I saw a friend of sorts get eaten.  There was this mostly unremarkable beetle-like creature up at the cottage who decided to hang out with me, as I sat on the porch overlooking the Lake of Bays, reading modern contemporary philosophy (pro-Wrestler bios).  The one interesting feature on the little guy was this fantastic set of antennae protruding from its head, beautifully segmented and reflective of a bug-like influence in my own artwork, largely passed down via inspiration from far better insect-based artists such as Newton Ewell.

So anyways, this great little creature actually looked much more like a fat bumblebee while it flew through the air, and it was clumsy and slow enough to do a good impersonation of one.  It landed near my feet, turned itself towards the lake, and didn’t move or flinch as I shifted around in my chair and moved my feet around to test its reactions.  It just hung out with me, like it was comfortable.  I was certainly comfortable with it – insects like me and I tolerate them.  Bees, damselflies, even wasps – they’ll land on me and go along for the ride.

Guess I’m just lucky.

After an hour or so, it launched itself into the air, obviously realizing it was late for this appointment or that, or for no reason whatsoever (I tend to vote for that explanation), and then careened gracelessly into a nearby tree, ruffling the foliage around it, like some kind of metaphor for a simile.

That night, in the cottage, it made its way in and did another goofy nosedive into the corner of the living room.  I say ‘it’ without knowing whether or not it was the same ‘it’ that hung out with me previously, or for that matter whether ‘it’ was ultimately the same ‘it’ that would end up getting eaten, or whether or not what was ultimately eaten was my little friend – all I’m saying is that among these semi-conditional ‘Was I or wasn’t I that bug’ pre-conditions, I’m pretty sure it was all the same bug.

Anyways, the next day, I was once again sitting and reading on my cottage’s front porch – I’m not sure which logical conclusion (ie. Wrestler’s early death) I was at, but I paid only mild attention as what I believe was my goofy little friend landed on the railing near me and once again, just hung out while I broadened my literary horizons.

At some point I heard crunching.  Apparently I was one enough with nature at that moment to not particularly care to look up immediately at the source, but eventually I did – and there was a cute little bird on the railing, with the remains of my friend sticking out of its mouth.

Before this point I never understood the enormous acclaim critics had afforded the film ‘Troll 2′, but coming to the quick realization that my friend was being eaten – just as the boy in Troll 2 suddenly realized his mom was being eaten by the denizens of Nilbog (oh shit, ‘Nilbog’ – that’s Goblin in reverse! so clever!) – my response was ‘Hey, what the fuck!?’ and for the first time in my life I chased away a little bird from a big porch.

In retrospect, it may have had a dragonfly in its mouth, and maybe my friend is fine.  Though I also like dragonflies, so…

On to artwork – I drew’d the following Warhammer 40K vector art in Inkscape during (part of) my cottage time. 

My Latest Game is on Newgrounds by Seothen
My Latest Game is on Newgrounds
If you like free video games (who doesn't?!?) check out my creation 'Inkspace' on Newgrounds.  Link:…

It was submitted as part of the #deception game jam, and created in Construct 2.  I used Inkscape (ahem) and Krita for the art, and so far the feedback on the visuals has been really positive.  As far as feedback on the rest of the game goes... let's just say that so far the feedback for the visuals has been really positive.
Inkscape Dart Practice by Seothen
Inkscape Dart Practice
Just a bit of fun messing around with Inkscape and keeping my skilzz from going soft; all of my other artistic efforts have been focused on the digital media class I'm teaching as well as a game I'm making for the Construct 2/Newgrounds #deception game jam.  Will be finished (has to be finished!) by June 26th, so I'd say I'm about 60% through.    
25 Sci-Fi Helmet Designs - Krita by Seothen
25 Sci-Fi Helmet Designs - Krita
Click to embiggen if it's not already embiggened.

A project I suggested to my students recently was to create 25... somethings.  The purpose was to teach time management, gain a greater understanding of what a person can create large quantities of over short amounts of time, and... I'm sure I had other reasons.

I'll likely repurpose some of these for a game project I'm working on.


Kyle Murphy
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Contact Kyle through dA or by his email for commission work.

Current Residence: Ontario
Favourite photographer: Serrano
Favourite cartoon character: Xander Crews
Personal Quote: Nostalgia rocks, though maybe not as much as it used to.

I realize I had you at ‘Free’, but my workplace in Kitchener is offering digital media and graphic arts training for people between the ages of 20-29.  It’s a substantial time commitment (approximately 4 months), and besides hands-on training in programs like Inkscape, GIMP, Sculptris, Audacity, and Krita, will also involve Microsoft Office Certification, an entrepreneurial component, 3D printing and Maker workshop at Kwartzlab, and a workplace component.

This is ideal for young people that are having difficulties finding work; if that doesn’t describe you, then you may know someone who would benefit – check out the link here: Digital Media Training

  • Drinking: Less and less, as I get older.

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Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconhiiiplz: Hi there, Canadian fella! :D
Welcome in :iconkrynn-dragonlance:

*And nice painting of Laurana ;)
Seothen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much - and btw, you've got some fantastically strong stuff, love the colours in your traditionals.
Coconut-CocaCola Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you dearie! (Can t wait to leave traditionnal a bit and try out digital :P!) 
Your digitals are quite impressive also :)
Seothen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much - looking forward to seeing what you produce from here. :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave of "Light Upon The Green."
It is really appreciated. :D
ilyana8 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for joining :iconworldoffantasy: :D
We're waiting for your submissions :D
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StridersStrikersTeam Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Kyle thanks for the comment on Alan Blackwell's piece "Crusaders' Landing". We appreciate it!
Emmanation Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for faving "Shieldmates no.2" :)
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