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Communist Girl - Wallpaper by Anarres Communist Girl - Wallpaper by Anarres
Update: I've replaced the original image -- which was a PNG -- with a JPG version. It has the same size, and (apparently) the same quality, but it will behave better as a MS Windows background (MS apps handle poorly -- if at all -- PNGs, even though they are a free and open standard).

Update 2: I also forgot to credit the author of the quote: It's Lennon, John Lennon, in his song
Working Class Hero.

Fanart for Communist Girl, by Guildsman .

When I found out about his character, I instantly fell for her. In the words of someone: "Communist Girl embodies all that communism should be". In Guildsman's own words, "Communist Girl conveys just the exact right combination of naievete and resolve". She is good, she is strong, she is a commie, and she is a beautiful girl. What other praises can I say?

Anyway, this is my little hommage to her. It's the way I'd draw her -- or perhaps not, since it's about the first scrap I made of her. Probaby, if I doodled some more Communist Girls, I'd change several other things (I'm thinking on the gloves, now -- I think I'd make them more massive. And I'd perhaps add some tech to the suit...).

Not that I don't like the original character, mind you. I like her as she is, and I'd want Guildsman to keep her so.
It's just that in my parallell reality, things are a bit different.

I don't like what I came with a lot. I can't really put a finger on it, but something seems to be wrong. The gloves, obviously, but also something else that I can'ty point... Quite probably, I just need to doodle her a lot, and play with different colours combinations. Now, I wish that I was able to draw remotely as well as Guildsman does... To do this midly acceptable took me about five hours.

The picture was drawn with pencil and (roughly) inked with Staedtler PigmentLiners. It was then scanned, vectorized and coloured with Inkscape. Then background (which was partly stolen from the old Mozilla pages) was added, and lettering ("Accidental Presidency" for the quote, eroded and played-with "Propaganda" for her name. Both fonts are freely avaliable from Aphostrophic Laboratories).

The idea for the "Communist GirL" lettering is essentially the very same that Guildsman uses, however I redid it in my own way, and changed the hammer from the I to the L, where I think it belongs better.

Communist Girl is copyrighted by Guildsman. You must respect his will in issues of property. However, my share of work (colouring, setup, background, whatever you feel you can use) is freely avaliable. Use it as you will under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - Sharealike license (essentially, you can use it as you want provided that you credit the authors, the purpose is not commercial, and that your resulting work is also released under this license). Of course, Guildsman is exempt from all these, and he may use the image as he pleases.

SVG sources, editable via Inkscape are avaliable upon request (send me a note -- or, alternatively, explain me how I may submit, along with an image, the source file).
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:icondark-city-beta:
DARK-CITY-beta Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Wow, cool! Can i post it here? impulse-tech.su/forum/kartinki…
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Cwalda Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
As a citizen of country wich has almost 60 years of communist history let me tell you something. You have absolutely no idea...
Any system will end up the same. By making the poor even more poor and rich even richer. Commmunism just have more tools to make it happen. Do you know why? Because it's all about the people. And people are mostly jealous, lazy, hateful and stupid. Regardless time and place.
I really hope that times of social egineering and central controlled economics are over. At least capitalism never ended by full blown hunger plague.
Don't get me wrong. I do not wish to offend you. Peace.
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GrantHillsdale Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I've goy to look this up.
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thackbarth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Just found Communits Girl by Giuldsman, and loved your version of it! The minimalist treatment really fits the character. I would go even further with the flag and would use the plain red flag instead of the Soviet Union's.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I would usually go for the plain red flag too, but for the character of Communist Girl the soviet variant fits better -- she's got a strong parodic edge, one that rejoices in the idiosincracy of the state symbolism of the URSS and China.
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Mikelovu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Give it time Communist will die out for good
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AkaiShizuku Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, Communism is growing at an alarming rate. I guarantee you a successful Communist revolution before this world ends.
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Citing a song from my country, "...when the sunset of hungry men comes" we will. In the meanwhile, we'll go on fighting.
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Mikelovu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Im sorry what are you talking about??
that good song but is this about the Communist.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
~Mikelovu, do you kow the song? It does have to do with a continued communist fight during a lifetime.

Communism, or at least the need for a conscious communis struggle, will 'die out for good' '...when the sunset of hungry men comes'. And since that's, for all detractors of communism tend to say, unattainable, the communist struggle will keep on being there, trying to get closer and closer to the day it is no longer necessary.

In the words of Subcommander Marcos: «We are the only army whose ultimate goal is to disappear». We'll keep struggling for a day when we are no longer needed.
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gaber440 Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
featured this artwork here [link]
keep up comrade :)
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XxKraitxX Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
She's my hero
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a real fine wallpaper. :)
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Thank you kindly.
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure. :)
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:iconmidnightinmoscow:
MidnightInMoscow Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008
Cool!
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I'm glad you like it.
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Helewidis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007   Photographer
Hi sweets!

This is just to let you know that your work is featured in: [link]
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Thanks a lot!
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Subbie-Overlord Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Hey! Communism has only killed 100 Million people! Let's give it another try!
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Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
You say 100 million as you could say 200, or 40, or none at all. Those kind of numbers come from ill-witted, partisan speculation on data that cannot be contrasted.

Just let me do the same with capitalism for you:

Capitalism is based on maximum benefit.
Maximun benefit is often obtained by paying as little as possible and setting the prices as high as possible.
Hence, capitalism is based on exploitation, especially when it deals with first need goods, such as food.
Directly or indirectly, capitalism depends on a part of the world being poor.

So here come the numbers:

Every year 15 million children die of starvation.
Since (save for rare cases) you'll admit that rich people don't starve, these people die of poverty, which is fundamental for capitalism. Capitalism needs poverty to survive.

Capitalism needs 15 million deaths per year to exist.

Do the math: 15 * ~150 ~= 2250 million deaths caused by capitalism (being generous and counting only the last 150 years as truly capitalist, and with the leeway of not finding out the rate of deaths per starvation of 150 years ago to interpolate).

What does this number mean?

Nothing.

Demagogy is a two bladed sword, and with a minimally educated audience, it gets you nowhere. So this is as far as I am going to chat with you about the deaths caused by communism.


If, instead, you are wanting to discuss the fundamental ideas behind capitalism and communism, and how well or poorly they were implemented in practice, then that is another thing entirely --- that debate has substance.
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FRagLord99 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
sweeet......
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Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Thank you.
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Kagster9000 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
awesome. is the artist an actual communist though? in fact is any1 here a communist? lol i m so im happy to see this ^_^
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
I am one, and there are quite several more. There are several discussion groups for communism, socialism, anarchism and variations within.

To which point communists here are more than posers, though, is a good question. I know a few people that are active communists working in the field, from their implication in real life politics. But that is rare. Many are just airing their wishes or ideas or just adhering to something that became trendy as of late --- remember, the USSR is no longer a threat.

In the particular case of Guildman, he has stated that he is not a communist a couple of times. I think he likes the paraphernalia and the aesthetics, and the inherently contradictory idea of a communist superhero (idea which is explored with interest in the graphic novel "Superman: Red Son", where the man of steel is rised not in Kansas, but in a collective farm in Ukraine).
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airielrian Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Student General Artist
Yay! It's so pretty :D
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007
I am glad you like it. :)
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m-arendt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
"Oh Communist Girl, will you go to prom with me?" Great piece.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Thank you.
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versiary Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006
It's my new wallpaper in Linux, Anarres. Now I'm a *complete* revolutionary! :-D

Amazing work. I like your graphical style! Noraboa!

I didn't know about the comic character, either, thanks for the discovery.
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versiary Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006
Hasn't he thought about turning it an online comic? Meanwhile Communist Girl is a nice and joyful revolutionary icon... and it's something to be! ;-)
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2006
Grazas!

=Guildsman draws very well (though he tends to be rather monotematic :D), and he has stated several times that a full-blown Communist Girl comic is on the works. I am awaiting eagerly for it.
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senor-freebie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thats really amusing becauase I always thought that Working Class Hero was a Marilyn Manson song despite the fact that it was a cover of one of the greatest artists of all time. "If you want to be a hero then just follow me."
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Anarres Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
Well, and I didn't know that Marilyn Manson had a cover of it. :)

It's a song I like -- it's pretty ambiguous, but also pretty good.
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senor-freebie Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Its one of my favourite songs. Rings very true in my ears. Will have to look for the Lennon copy now.
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RedOut Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
Nice
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RadicallyPoetic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005   Interface Designer
absolutely lovely.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Thanks a heap.
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Hellk4t Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005   Photographer
would you mind if i borrowed that sort of idea, and made an "Captain Anarchy" desktop?
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Anarres Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
You are most welcome, of course.

You must surely know, though, that Communism in the end seeks Anarchy. Marx and Lenin both spoke of the "eventual withering of the Socialist State into a claseless, stateless society". ;)

If you want the SVG sources for the file, tell me and I'll hand them to you.
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Hellk4t Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005   Photographer
Awesome! my band is working on an album called "I dont date communists", that goes right along lol, thats gonna be my new desktop!
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Guildsman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
Cool. Btw, I am the creator of the orginal Communist Girl that this wallpaper is based on [link] . Wassup? Kickass album idea :D Need me to try and do a cover or anything? Will do it Pro-Bono.
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:iconhellk4t:
Hellk4t Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005   Photographer
PLEASE!! that would be awesome!! thanks sooo much!!! :D!!!!
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
Thanks.

Hey, that album seems cool... Got any samples? Lyrics? Cover artwork?
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:iconhellk4t:
Hellk4t Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005   Photographer
ill send whatever i have when we get anything done :P

[link]
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Sounds like a nice band (well, a duet, as now -- I hope you have luck in your search for a drummer). Please inform me once you have any preview material.

Also, you may want to consider using a Creative Commons license for your work, once it is released. It's very easy, it is safe, and you can control the level of freedom you want to allow to your audience.

Professional artists are using them (mainly in the attribution-non commercial-sharealike mode, which allows modification, redistribution and hearing, all for non commercial purposes, and as long as the original author -- you -- is acknowledged).

Also, if you want to go professional, you may want to try Magnatune. It's a serious, professional and good discographic, which works through the net. It has a philosophy I find very reasonable, and it gives to the authors 50% of the benefits, which is way more than any other 'classic' discographic would do.
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SrVnDaNK Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
is there a .jpg version?
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Yes, sorry. I've just replaced the PNG with a JPG.

Microsoft Windows (R) (TM) (P) (et all), does not handle well PNG, even though it is an open standard which specifications are freely avaliable to everyone to use. Actually, many MS applications don't, the most noticeable of them being Internet Explorer, which messes up transparency and alpha in PNGs.

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I recommend you to use Mozilla Firefox, which is more useable (tabbed windows, popup blocking, extensible, privacy control...), more secure (it's few critical bugs were fixed within hours -- IE, on the other hand, has had over a dozen critical bugs open for several years), and avaliable for free (both in price, and in Freedom, because it is Free Software). Also, there is bond to be a version in any language you may wish, and for any operating system you may use (well, just for GNU/Linux, MS Windows, MacOSX and several UNIXes, but that is enough.)

And of course, it handles PNGs. And it's logotype is either a cute little fox (Firefox), or a mighty red giant lizard (Mozilla). Way better than a wimpy butterfly. :wink:

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SrVnDaNK Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Thanks You.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
You are welcome.
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