I freaking love this concept, and can see this right at home in a niell blomkamp film.
I saw some people commenting over the "deeper meaning" of this piece. I would say that its a visual idea first, however it is certainly reflective of things that have happened (and still are?) in this world. It's not like Darren pulled the idea of a child soldier out of thin air - this shit is real and horrific, and because of this content it becomes a very powerful and moving piece.
Like I said, totally at home in a blomkamp film. Kids forced into conflict and unwillingly augmented and retrofitted with lo-tech upgrades and equipment. It's and incredibly inspiring character idea - one I'd like to see made a reality in film someday.
Took me a minute to realize the cylinders were grenades. Powerful stuff...
Kinda shocked more futuristic warfare artists don't tackle this subject more often. There's so many avenues you could go down. I could just envision warlords building deadly robots to look like children, both to unnerve soldiers and lure them into a kamikaze attack.
Initially I thought they were grenades too, but then I leaned towards power cells or something. Didn't seem realistic to have grenades on your head, but could be a "no prisoners" system, with them detonating if the soldier is captured or something.
It's not, though. It's a piece of concept art imagining what a 'future child soldier' would look like. Fightpunch is not making a point, fightpunch is not dabbling in politics. Something that is 'sad but true' must be a statement. How can it be true or false if it is anything other than a statement?
I'm not going to put any words in the authors mouth.
I'm simply stating how I would imagine it could be perceived.
To say something is 'sad but true' indeed must be a statement in the eyes of the beholder. Clearly the poster of the original comment thought as much, or they would not have posted it.
Their opinion is no more or less valid than your own, no matter the majority/minority it falls within.
Personally, while i can see what they are getting at, I see it more as concept art, much as yourself. But don't assume something anything is black or white in such a manner. In some mediums, such a definition is quite absolute. But in artistic mediums, especially visual, everything gained from the piece is (or at least, should), be one's own opinion based one's own knowledge and thoughts.
Bloody hell I've rambled on. Clearly have nothing better to do with myself.
Your opinion is not absolute. Chill out. Live and let live.
I kinda agree with him. Sure, everyone has the right to interpret a piece however they want, but it's kind of annoying when someone can't appreciate a piece of work for what it is. CONCEPT ART. If it was meant to be a symbolic piece and I jumped in saying this would be a cool concept for kid soldiers in a videogame I doubt it would go over well, so why is it okay in this case.
On the other end of the spectrum, yes, he is overreacting a bit. He could have easily just commented with his actual opinion instead of being verbally abusive. At the end of the day everyone should be commenting on the work itself.
So I would like to say that I find this conecpt very interesting in that it actually gives me a Pinocchio vibe. The augments on the child's head seem like they were placed upon the child unnecessarily, while the arm actually seems like it might be a prosthetic given after the child's loss of his biological limb. Then again the child does have those piston-like mechanics on his neck which could suggest problems with his neck. Buuuut they could also just be there to help combat the added weight from the metal on his head. This concept is very interesting.