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Fantasy art / comic illustration 'Second Nature': honeybees with audio/video cables connect with electronic flowers

Second Nature

© Brian Vigue

In a post-apocalyptic world, some survivors were man-made. A futile attempt at battling colony collapse disorder had resulted in engineers manufacturing honeybees and flowers that were half electronic, half organic. The first generation appeared friendly enough and carried out its basic natural duties but over time, the mutation became an atrocity. The bees were endowed with plug-ins, and the flowers underwent several versions of the latest social media apps to keep their cyber visibility at peak and draw in those big, high-scoring pollinations. The evil masterminds who created these abominations died long ago, but their selfies and nonsensical hash tags live on in their creations.

This picture was first inspired by an e-book advertising assignment, one of the more mundane duties of my life. That piece needed to be more conservative, so I kept the mutated A/V idea for Vigistry. Production of the painting yielded to some other projects until a family-friendly variant was collaborated with a business woman who's a little selfie-obsessive herself, as hype for a local social media event. Led by this guru, I was curious to see if there really was something to this social media return apart from batch-adders, e-peeners, and pinheads. The one thing I did learn: actually promote your event in the first place, and you might get more than ten people to show up! Since that irony the variant was scrapped, and this version of the painting, with the bees' heads ripped off and the A/V cables stuffed down their carapaces, was finalized to my liking. Now that's Vigistry style!

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