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Jerek Tucker
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Planet Earth (occasionally)
Favourite genre of music: Anything not involving Cleo Laine or 50 Cent
Favourite photographer: Mapplethorpe
Favourite style of art: Abstract Expressionism
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod Video
Shell of choice: MeShell My Belle
Wallpaper of choice: Woodchip
Skin of choice: Any colour, any shade, so long as it's hairy and involves full coverage...
Favourite cartoon character: Turanga Leela, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny (but only when he's dressed as a girl)
Personal Quote: "No matter where you go, there you are."
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Sinead O'Connor
  • Reading: Vast - The Nanotech Succession Book 3
  • Watching: Casablanca
  • Playing: Stevie Ray Vaughan licks
  • Eating: Cheese
  • Drinking: Wine
I've finally got around to doing something that I've been meaning to do for ages - which is to re-visit some of the (very) old drawings of role-playing game characters in my gallery and update them with all the digital bells and whistles that are available to me nowadays. At the back of my mind I had the idea of taking what are essentially 'cartoons' of these people and seeing what they might look like in 'real life'.

I've started with an upload of the 'real' Membra and Amantie from 'Two women, two limbs' Two women, two limbs by jerek-uk and I'm quite pleased with the result. So I think I'll continue... perhaps with Visma next or maybe Raelin. We'll see where it goes! :) 


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mautheil Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jerek, thank you for the comments and the many :+fav:. You made me happy for the rest of this year ! I wasn't certain that you loved my art, but you certainly know how much I love yours, especially the hand-made drawings.

I didn't post comments or suggestions about the headless Ruth because, in my own taste, a beautiful girl is firstly a beautiful face, but I've been happy to see that several devs have sent comments or suggestions and that there's been a constructive discussion about this topic. BTW, years ago, I've seen a headless woman (with all four limbs) and a bodyless woman, but of course, they were fakes. It was at the 'Foire du Trône' in Paris, in the sixties or seventies.

All the best,

Maurice :) :#1: 
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, Maurice. I should have done it before! :) (Smile)
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M3lanie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Bounces eagerly*
I can't wait; you MUST tell me: How is part 3 of Ruth's life coming along? xD
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's coming along. :)

Twelve hour working days don't help. But I am working on it. There might be a bit longer wait for further parts - parts 1 and 2 were written over a long weekend so I had more time. I'll post it as soon as it's ready! :)

In the meantime keep your eyes open for another couple of pictures which are on the way...

M3lanie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweeet :D
No pressure - Keep up the great work :3
drawitbig Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, but what motivated you to come up with Ruth?

I don't have anything against her, but is there some sort of message you're trying to get across? Trying to see what makes a human a person? Or is it just for fun?

Whatever the reason it's fine by me; I'm just a little curious as to why you created her. From my personal experience, when someone does something that's a little out of the ordinary there tends to be a reason as to why they got started. Sometimes there isn't, but sometimes there is.

Whatever the reason: keep doing what you're doing. 
jerek-uk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi and thanks for the comment, and the interesting question. :)

If you've dipped into my gallery at all, you'll know that I an attracted to and fascinated by limblessness and, particular extreme, limblessness - where the limbs are gone completely. I've explained in previous journals why that is, but, briefly, part of the fascination or attraction for me is the ability of the characters I portray to exceed the expectations of other people (or even themselves!) of what they should be capable of. I find it hugely moving to 'see' those people living strong and independent lives, despite their amputations. 

I took the liberty of checking out your journal and I go along completely with what you say there about objectification - I'm very concerned that my pictures should be of 'real', believable, autonomous people rather than 'objects'. They're usually in control or striving for independence for that reason. And I find that striving for independence and autonomy in the face of physical constraints extremely attractive. I also like the contrast between a past existence without those limitations and the current state, as that suggests a psychological strength as well as physical ingenuity.

So, often, I have to imagine or think up ways for a completely limbless person to do things that others would take for granted - so that I can portray them in that way. That's become an enjoyable challenge. The challenge (and the enjoyment) is obviously greatest where the limblessness is most extreme and therefore the normal mechanisms for manipulating and affecting the person's surroundings are most absent.

I've added some sensory deficit to limblessness in the past occasionally - blindness, forexample. This obviously adds to the challenge and to the ability of the person to adapt and transcend their situation. 

For some time I've been playing with the idea of an even more extreme sensory deficit - the sensory equivalent of total limblessness if you like. At the back of my mind I've always had Paulette from the horror story The Surgeon's Tale, but there have been other influences too - a story of xyzzy2112's, some of Gamera's characters...and others. And so the idea of Ruth was born - limbless but also headless, and therefore lacking even the ability of a 'normal'  limbless person to grip or hold or manipulate things with their mouth as well as sight, hearing, taste and smell.

I don't claim the idea as original at all - in fact when I posted Ruth a rash of other limbless headless characters emerged, both before and after Ruth's creation - from VulcanKnight to M3lanie to Blackspeedk. :)  But I was really struck by two things - two challenges  with Ruth. The first was the usual one of seeing I could believably portray a person living an independent, autonomous life in such a terribly reduced state. The second was to do with the lack of identity that a headless (therefore faceless) person would experience; to go back to your point about objectification I really wanted to see if someone who has almost literally been reduced to an object could still be seen as the complex, vibrant, beautiful personality I was imagining her to be. 

Plus I really wanted to see what Ruth would look like, move like and what she might be able to do! :)

Of course the third challenge was the best - when Tomalee suggested she should be a dancer. I absolutely HAD to rise to that one! :D

Wow. That answer turned rather longer than I'd expected! Hope I didn't bore you! And thanks for taking the time to comment! :)
drawitbig Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay.

You do a good job of keeping them people instead of objectifying them, and you are right, it does take a lot of strength. I'm not an amputee, but I would imagine that it would be tough to pick yourself back up and move on.

Truthfully, I like to do that to with some of my characters; like you said, it is fun.

I've heard of those two guys before, Gamera's nice but I haven't spoken much to XY before so I can't say if I like him or not. I like Gamera's work better than XY's because Gamera's work seems to be more alive, vibrant, and interesting to me than XY's work.

I know what you mean by character surges and those challenges. I think Ruth would need some help, but I'm sure she could figure out how to do a lot on her own too. I know what you mean by creating headless characters; some people think that they are less work but in reality, they are a little harder to do even if they're like my version of a headless character. It's possible for them to be seen as such, but it might be a little hard to get the message across.
M3lanie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*grins* Thanks for the faves! :3
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