A Fool’s Thoughts
Minh Tu Nguyen
26 October 2013
A Fool’s Comparison
The chosen piece, named “Engage,” was masterfully painted by Deviant artist Adam Burn. It was made in accordance with the novel “Fortress Earth: Dreamland” by Travis Hightower. Because of this, the context behind the illustration was meant to enhance the already existing context of the novel.
The book tells of an interstellar war between two alien sides. This war, fought between those wanting to protect and annihilate the human race, would take place on the fringes of Earth’s atmosphere. During this war, Air Force fighter pilot Duke Devron would be caught in the middle and he alone would be called on to initiate the long-lost defenses that were built when Earth was considered a “fortress” by the aliens which are giving their lives to defend it.
The image consists of a simple context, yet it carries several other features added by the artist in conjunction with the author’s idea. First of all, this picture portrays an attack on humankind by an alien presence. As a concept illustration for the novel, its purpose was to show a sense of recklessness and hope against all odds as the F-15’s engage
Personally, I believe this painting does not portray as many emotions as it should. By the colors, lighting, and portrayal of the situation, I can only sense a…