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Ze Alchemist by LordSinrath Ze Alchemist by LordSinrath
Inspired by lots of stuff, including Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan books, "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, and "The Holy Mountain," a cool experimental film.

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Thanks, comments are welcome :)
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting! It's like you combined the imagery of The Holy Mountain with traditional native Mexican artwork. When I saw this, my eyes naturally went to the Alchemist up top, and his magnificent hat. I can imagine seeing this as a pictogram in the house of a native shaman as a sort of tribute to the Alchemist himself, who all the local brujos acknowledge as being more enlightened than themselves.
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LordSinrath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Thanks very much!  Glad to seem someone else interested in that remarkable film 
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Yes, well, that film was certainly interesting, if nothing else. I cannot say it was a good film, only interesting. I don't feel there was any particular need for much of the blatant gore and sexuality, and the whole thing has sort of a huckster-ish, cult-leader vibe to it. Jodorowsky casting himself as the sage, wizardly Alchemist leading the most powerful people on Earth to enlightenment seemed gauche and self-indulgent, to me, at least.

 

Nevertheless, it was definitely interesting. An intelligent man like myself can recognize and appreciate the extremely dense and carefully-crafted symbolism, and the imagery was particularly striking. My favorite scene is where the Thief breaks into the Alchemist's tower to try and steal some gold, and after walking down that sweet rainbow hallway and seeing the Alchemist on his "throne," they kung-fu fight. Symbolic or otherwise, I thought it was pretty awesome. I actually once played a D&D character based off the Alchemist. He was a multiclass monk/wizard, and his name was Alejandro. :D I showed all my friends that scene as my primary inspiration.

 

By the way, how did you hear about this film? It seems to me that it's quite an obscure, art-house piece. My introduction to it was tangential in the extreme. I only found out about this film through the cartoon Adventure Time with Finn and Jake. The series features the specter of Death as a recurring character, and Jesse Moynihan, the character designer, said he based his design off of the Alchemist. See for yourself: adventuretime.wikia.com/wiki/D… When I heard that, I decided to look into this film, and thought it was interesting enough to check out. That, I suppose, is a fine example of tangential learning.

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LordSinrath Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I actually think I came across The Holy Mountain when browsing DeviantArt...someone mentioned it as a film he liked, so I looked it up...

The film is a bit silly at times, but it's definitely a mind-blowing experience.  And the end is one of the best ever. 
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The ending was pretty funny I guess; I don't know about you, but if some wizard promised me the secret of immortality, tricked me into burning all my money, dragged me halfway around the world, and then failed to deliver, I sure wouldn't be laughing.
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LordSinrath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
*see
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