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Philosopher's Ego, The by LyndsayHarper Philosopher's Ego, The by LyndsayHarper
The Philosopher's Ego. 6/08
Inks, Watercolours and Pens.

A piece i drew and left under my desk for a few months before painting and inking it all in one night right before school. I was still inking in the lines on the train to school the next day.

the sketch was simply just an appropriation of someone else's idea, the style is influenced by Egon Schiele and was originally just a study on how he drew legs and torso's.

When i pulled it out of my desk months down the track i saw so much more in it and i filled it with a few more idea's.


this piece is very reflective of how my life was working at the time. I felt like with every step i made forward i was taking two back, much like how with the growth of the power and knowledge the philosopher gains from his right hand, he loses power in his left.

the piece is very colourful, most specifically in the cranium. I created a stained glass effect because i wanted to convey the way i saw the philosophers brains process of thought.

there's also a second face amongst the stained glass head of the figure, which echo's Rodin's "thinker". I thought the combination of this and the imagery of the right hand allowed for the viewer to see how the figure is creating his thought. I wanted the lines in the moon scythe to seem like veins, bark and electrical cables.

I hope this helps - Lyndsay.


Holy Man-titties i got a DD!

Supreme thanks to :iconmerelymarquis: for the suggestion and to Snowmask for featuring it!

I'd also like to mention that I am selling prints of this upon request. So if you're interested, please contact me!
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Brilliantly prismatic, thus evermore evocative of stained glass and its very transcending nature, Philosopher's Ego, The by ~LyndsayHarper is definitely a visual experience of wild intensity. ( Suggested by MerelyMarquis and Featured by snowmask )
InterloperUX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"I'd also like to mention that I am selling prints of this upon request. So if you're interested, please contact me!"

Is this up to date? I noticed that you have it available as a print here, albeit the head is cropped in half.. I would add it to my wishlist :)
psion005 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool piece :wow:

augenweide Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured here...[link]
LaraSkadi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely loved the colors and the lines in this work, and it, as a whole, is very intense and stunning.
I don't know if that was intentional or not, but for me the way it's positioned the scythe looks like a tool of self-harm, like the way the more we unravel and deconstruct things on one side, the more we build our own little evergrowing "world" and its ideas inside our heads, and as much as it empowers us, it also sinks us further into something (emotionally) dangerous and greater than ourselves. That, the stains, the vivid colors and the left hand detail creates a very powerful picture, and I must say it's beautiful.
bcordone Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Hi Lyndsay, Your work is stunning; I love so many pictures in your gallery. The colors you use together are so unique and the way you shape things is incredible. I have posted some of your work on my tumblr blog (linked and credited to you, of course). If you would rather they weren't there please message me at and I will take them down. Thanks for sharing. barbara
OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool -
chambs Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible work
trobinson41 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Egon would be proud!
onecircles Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's me!
sirwanqutbi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hi Lyndsay,

It's been quite a long time since I messaged you, so you probably don't remember me; but I was a guy that wanted to buy this way back mid-2009. I still do, can you please get in touch, for a Print, and sizes available. Looking to get it as big as possible .. also want to talk about buying the original copy from you.

Thanks alot,
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