The Forces of Purgatory


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There's a story behind this... :P
I was on the phone to my friend the other day and I was complaining about something, I forget what it was. In reply she said 'well, it could be worse. You could be a superhero whose conjoined twin is his arch enemy.'
I was like DO YOU REALISE THAT IS THE MOST EXQUISITE THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID?! She made me promise I would draw it so I totally did. And you have no idea how much I enjoyed doing it.
I know some things are a bit ... off. I tried so much though! The faces are so much more detailed than the bodies. I'm still not 100% comfortable with my anatomy but I know I'll improve with a bit more practice.

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Very Cliche

While the idea of a conjoined twin hero and enemy is very interesting, and could result in a fantastic piece of art, I think your execution ended up being incredibly cliche. Your color scheme, and, above all, the fact that the composition is cut in half-one half blue, one red. The characters could be shown from a more interesting angle, with their limbs positioned differently to make the two sides break into each other and create a more involved composition. The pose is very static, as well as the cape(s). I also think the costumes could have been embellished a bit to create something more interesting and dynamic-particularly the hair. You've already pointed out your anatomical restrictions, and I would agree that you could use more practice in that area- maybe try drawing from photos or even life. Remember- anatomy is not just the body. Faces have a distinct structure, and the proportions on these faces are very unconvincing. Oh, I like your signature!

Mesmic responds:

Haha... my signature...
I agree with you. I'm not an adversely trained artist, I just draw for fun. The idea grew out of a passing joke, so there was a degree of me wanting it to be pretty cliche. I also didn't give myself much time which resulted in less planning, but again it was meant to be a bit 'underdone' if you will. What I'm saying is, there was no part of me that wanted this drawing to be serious. Maybe in the future I'll take everything into consideration and remake the piece. Also, remember that artists don't draw for other people's tastes and expectations. I think a lot of your review had to do with your disappointment at what you didn't see than what you did. Thanks for the detailed review.

continue practicing

thats a pretty interesting concept but u r right that the body doesn't seem right n soo i think u over did the abs but yet again maybe it is the shape of the body that doesnt fit to it, plus the arms, yup the arch enemy's arm i dont like :p n so i prefer the hero, yo n peace


This looks cool, so 10

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3.50 / 5.00

Dec 18, 2009
9:43 AM EST
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