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Heart of Darkness by BringTheKaos Heart of Darkness by BringTheKaos
(movie spoilers in description) Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison/Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness.
So a lot of people are ticked that they whitewashed Khan. Here's my take--it's an alternate continuity. Who gives a shit. Yes, Khan was supposed to be Indian (India Indian, I'm not being politically incorrect. Thought I'd clarify :-]) But Benedict is an incredible actor, and Abrams thought he could fulfill the character role, and I believe he did. VERY WELL. I'd honestly rather have someone who can pull of completely pissed off homicidal maniac than someone who simply "looks the part." I'm sure there are dark-skinned actors out there who could have done it. But Abrams made a choice, and I like it. *end rant*
ABOUT THE PIECE: It's graphite on printer paper, 8 1/2" x 11". The sketch took several days, most of that spent on THEM CHEEKBONES!. lol. not really.
The background is digital, and they are all quotes from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." I liked the play on the word "Darkness," and also a LOT of the quotes work for Khan's character. Also, I have a fanfiction (which I've been told is very good and true-to-character), which is also called Heart of Darkness. So I thought I'd tie it in. If you'd like to read it, you can find it here: www.fanfiction.net/s/9455922/1...
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xXxBlueStarsxXx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I finished your fanfiction this evening and I must comment: you are a deep profound writer :) Caught me hanging on every word, and equally in search within myself the wisdom behind the quotes. I wonder: Would you ever consider creating a sequel? If Mara had lived and was...somehow someway miraculously reunited with him. Perhaps exploring the heart of Khan even through his darkest moments of regret and grief...That the soul and compassion he had was what nearly got her killed..hurt.....Ahh...ramble-thoughts aside, I simply wish to thank you for your creative gifts. Visually and in the dance of typed word. :) Thank you.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well first I have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. Seriously, I don't know that I've ever had such kind complimenting of my work, and your praise means so much to me as a writer. It really makes me feel accomplished when my readers are so strongly attached to the characters; it means I've done a good job making them rounded :-]
And I've been stewing up a sequel for quite some time, one that begins with his re-awakening before Into Darkness. It would involve what Khan did to get away from Marcus, but I wanted to deeply embed the motivation of Mara into everything he does--like the memory of her is what drives him to desperately attempt to save the only thing he has left... his crew. She wouldn't be around, but plenty of memories and everything. My trouble with it is that I find the only way to do it is to write it from HIS perspective, and I'm so scared of getting into the mind of such a complex character--scared that I'd mess him up or screw up what makes him so terrifying. Because he can still be terrifying and vicious, with love behind him (which is exactly how he should be). 
Also... midterms. As soon as those buggers leave me the hell alone, I'll probably hop on the sequel :-]
Thanks again for the comment. You made my day... week, even. 
Tight Hug 
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xXxBlueStarsxXx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Wooo! hehehe, you're very welcome dear :) Truly, I appreciate all your efforts and ideas brewing, even now...I do agree getting into Khan's mind requires some achoring, especially to explore the heavy grief and pangs deemed as storms of madness. Yet: even beyond the vicious restlessness and mad fiercenesss of a man there is love, through which you creatively protrayed. That unto itself is a dear mirror into the real world, darkness can help us to further grow into greater light...:huggle: Blessings to you, and I hope you get through your midterms too...:rose:
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JadeTorchwood Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I agree with you about the whole whitewashing Khan deal. I'm a Trekkie & I don't give $^ht because I thought Benedict was amazing in the new Star Trek movie. Who cares if Benedict doesn't look the part?
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! Totally agree. I appreciate both Khans.
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JadeTorchwood Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I appreciate both Khans as well. I like to see different takes of a certain character like Khan & some of the X-Men.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOOOVVEE the X-Men... most of them. Personally really like what they did with Pyro, even though he was a good guy in a lot of the comics. Didn't quite like what they did with Cyclops and Gambit. Those two are iconic male characters, and they kinda got sidelined.
And they kind of messed up Jean Grey in The Last Stand. I always loved Pheonix, but they made me dislike her. She was so whiny. Haven't seen Wolverine yet, but I saw her in the trailer. Hopefully she gets some better screen time.
Look at me, going on and on. lol. Endpoint is this: I agree, there's nothing wrong with re-imagining a character. Keeping some attributes, and tossing others. It makes the character accessible to a modern audience. :-]
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JadeTorchwood Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yeah, they did mess up the Dark Phoenix saga in Last Stand. I didn't like how they handle Gambit. I expected to see his charming personality & black eyes. Also, I don't think Jean Grey is going to get a lot of screen time in the new Wolverine movie because I seen a clip of the scene you're talking about from the Wolverine trailer & I think that's just a dream about her because Logan felt guilty about what he did to her.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooohhh, fail. I'd really like it if she survived, but not as Dark Pheonix. But who knows. Guess we'll find out.
And Gambit was one of the biggest disappointments. The two most notable things about his character are his black and red eyes and his accent, and they took away the eyes and picked an actor without a real accent. The guy was good-looking and charming enough, but... he lacked EVERYTHING that makes him Gambit.
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JadeTorchwood Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I agree with everything you said about Gambit. When I heard that he was going to be in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I was excited but I was dissapointed that he didn't have the black/red eyes & the Cajun accent. They nearly ruined one of my favorite X-Men characters that I've loved ever since the 90's X-Men cartoon.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ME TOO! The X-Men Evolution? watched that religiously! And Gambit was my man. And the Gambit/Rogue on-again off-again thing has always been a staple of the X-Men franchise, and they nixed that too. Freakin Gavin Hood.
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sarahcaj Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I'm impressed with the drawing but also with the connection to Joseph Conrad's work. If u liked heart of darkness, u should check out apocalypse now. It's a war movie but so much more than that too. It is loosely based on Conrad's book.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've heard about it, but never seen it. As an English major, I love tying things into literature, but I also love it when others do it. I'll check it out :-)
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fembox357a Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I though he was kind of blah and emotionless (like most of Cumberbatch's roles),  what made Montalban's Kahn so memorable, was the passion and effort that he poured into the character.  There were a lot worse choices for Khan for Into Darkness, but there are certainly a lot better actors that could have been chosen too.
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BringTheKaos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure there are, and I also don't think that his motivations are as strong in Abrams' continuity. Like... Marcus tricked him into thinking his crew was dead, but they're not, so what's the big deal? In the Prime universe, he was marooned on a dying planet and the woman he fell in love with died because of it. THAT'S motivation. 
BUT, I also liked this Khan. Emotionless kinda worked for him. They set him up as a more humanoid augment, so robotic worked.
They both have their merits. Not diggin on Montalban or anything, NOBODY can beat Montalban. But I like them both. I agree with you on some level, but I did enjoy the murdering Marcus scene. It was sooo reminiscent of the old, no-remorse, rage-driven Khan.

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