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March 30, 2012
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War is just a Game by ArtisticAxis War is just a Game by ArtisticAxis
I sometimes make pieces of art that have an actual meaning behind them and this one is one of those. If you care to read

I remember seeing a picture of a soldier holding a dead ,bloody child wrapped in a blanket close to him. He was in tears. I thought to myself , remembering how much I enjoyed playing Battlefield, laughing at how I knifed one of my online enemies. Laughing.
At that moment I stopped and wondered how it got to this

I think as a society we've become too disconnected from violence as a whole , but not just violence but violence to our own kind. I've seen kids as young as 11 laughing manically at killing tons of digital people in games before. I'm no different

Is this what war has become to people? Nothing more than a distant thought or event....a game? Something that we disregard as reality and downplay to entertainment?
I made this for them , because I know they're still out there doing things that they probably don't always want to do. Witnessing horrible things most of us probably can't even begin to fathom. Put there by people who'd rather hide behind speeches and desks.

But I guess that's how it is with a lot of things.

I will shut up now and let you all enjoy the art.


I used a simple HB 2 pencil I found under my bed. Insta-inspiration!
Also drawn on recycled sketch paper 9 X 12 inch
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Transdrifter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Anything I can say regarding this Deviation simply wouldn't do it justice. This piece is ineffable.

I think your description of what war has come down to is regrettably true, and reading how children as young as twelve are finding entertainment in killing people is sickening and downright horrifying, even if it is a video-game. It may be just me, but I found an advert for the United States Marine Corps in a video-game magazine, and it was dismaying to see that kind of thing there. This is possibly a contributing factor as to why society is treating war like a game. For those who have a sense of reality, know damn well it isn't.

Thank you for sharing this piece. It undeniably deserves much more recognition.
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
wow thank you :)
Polishchuk Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seen the mentioned photo before. My opinion about war & society's consciousness about violcence is pretty similar to yours; I hate when people are no-lifing in games without any thoughts about life and death. Great drawing.
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
well said , thanks
Polishchuk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
sleepyhamsteri Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a picture I drew long ago, where kind of similar soldier was carrying a living child to safety or something. This shows the other side of war. Really well done and meaningful.
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Thanks a lot :D
Tr01ka Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This is more than just a good drawing.
ArtisticAxis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
thanks :)
RainBowNinjaSkillz Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student Artist
I love this work! Really well done! It's such a nice peice, I almost cried myself :( Aw, poor guy...

My cousin came home from Afghanistan and he plays video games because something about how it helps out or they start viewing a war as a game or something...
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