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London Burning by honeyroastedferrets London Burning by honeyroastedferrets

Yes, it bares a resemblance to a Hetalia character. That's cause it started as a fanart sketch, but it kind of developed into more. Sort of dedicated to the people injured and property damaged during the London Riots. It's been something that has been heavy on my mind lately.

It's awful, But really, the backlash of volunteers in London cleaning up after the riots is really inspiring. <3

I originally put this into some Hetalia groups, but... the more I think about it, the more I don't really want it to be associated as a fanart piece. Cause it's so much more than that. So I'm removing it from the groups and taking it out of my fanart folder.

Full view please.

Edits#2: Holy crap. This is what I get for not checking my Deviantart account for a month... Thanks for the spot in 2011 timeline!!!

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happygiraffe101 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
keidream Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
wow, incredible... I've never seen anything like it.
otakuwannabe Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Wow. This is just so powerful. Amazing work.
DaemonAndrewEverett Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Riots and looting break out in North London, lasting 4 days and eventually spreading to several London boroughs and other English cities.
August 6
LocoForLove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I love it
lilycleer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
iiigggggyyyyy!!!!!! nooooooooooooo
FollowingStars Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so lucky I wasn't in the country for this...I live really near London so I don't want to think about what could've happened.
isa-bella-heats Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! It's horribly lovely really <3
Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty funny how some one in USA did this, Cos i live in the uk and TBH Uk is downhill messing up all the time. people in my Town tried to start a Riot when it happen ...not just London that was up northwest of England. But thing is why was it started? coz our government was doing a bad job (And still is) Or about a Guy being shot? pft i don't know these days...I also thought the protest in London was just as bad too..
louisecookiex Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
this artwork is purely amazing, it shows so much emotion of what's happened in the London riots. Love it xx
ingliturmello Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Devastating beautiful
Anndelle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... i have no words
Ticklecom Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Who'd like to change the world?
Who wants to shoot the curl?
Who wants to work for bread?
Who wants to get ahead?

Who hands out equal rights?
Who starts and ends that fight?
And not rant and rave,
or end up a slave.

Who can make hard-won gains,
fall, like the summer rain?
Every man must be, what his life can be,
So don't, call, me,
the tune, i will walk away.

Who wants to please everyone?
Who says it all can be done?
Still sit up on that fence
no one i've heard of yet

Don't call me baby,
Don't talk in maybe's,
Don't talk like has-beens,
Sing it like it should be.

Who laughs at a naggin-down(?)
Lyin' on a neon shroud, runnin around, yeah
You've gotta touch someone,
yeah, i wanna be.......

So don't, call, me,
the tune, i will walk away. X4

(instrumental) One,country One, country
Who wants to sit around? (country, One)
Turn it up, turn it down? (country,One)
Only a man can be (country One)
what his life can be!

(country one) one vision
(country one) One people
(country one) One landmass
(country one) be our defences
(country one) we have a lifeline

one ocean, one policy, see bad light,
one passion, one movement, one instant, one difference,
one life time and one understanding.

(country one)Yeahhhhhh, one country,
(country one)I..... tell you, its one country
(country one)heyyyyyyyy (country one)

Yeah one, one, one (one country)
one, one, one, one country
one..........(country one)

Transgression, redemption
one island blue, our place (magic),
one firmament, one element,
one moment, one fusion,
is so on time.
FeathersofGrey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This... is very incredible. It might have started out as a fan art sketch, but this piece is gone far past that.
I remember following the riots online... haven't though about it in a while.
KeeganTheAwesome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I think this is an amazing piece, and the more I look at it, the more certain symbols and metaphors begin radiating in my mind. So far, here are a few of them:

Building engulfed in fire: civilization collapsing as chaos comes to power and hatred erodes the dignity of man
British flag burning: rebellion; London citizens' strength to keep going after the violence ends
Smoke hiding the sky from the ground: darkness and death
Orange hase/haze on the street and sidewalk: Hell being unleashed on humanity
UnseenAlice Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'Scuse me while I go cry.
hinata-sasuke222 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
owo this was featured in dA's little summary of events in 2011 <3 I thought it looked a lot like iggy glad to know I was right anyways congrats on making it to dA's summary of 2011 art showcase
Fourdd Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know someone whos brother whent rioting in manchester.... those riots make us brits look kinda bad :/

Anywayz.... i love this it lookes so.... well.... awesome! :D
Black-Flute Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely stunning :)
BlackHeartPG Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, just like many others, I was just scrolling through the dA timeline 2011. When I saw this, I stopped instantly like ''Is that Britain? London - check. Union Jack - check. Messy hair - check. Green eyes - check. Hetalia(-ish?) outfit - check. THE Eyebrows - ok, it's Britain. Actually what I most like about the picture is that it has almost no connection to Hetalia at all (even though it's my favourite anime watched during 2011) :D
Nisfornarwhal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
god, that was an embarrassing day to be a Brit...
Gevio Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
it's fantastic, great atmosphere, expression and usage of light :love:
OranReiji Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Very nicely done. I love the texture of the fire and the bold, colourful paint strokes in the person. The flag adds an edge of drama to it as well.
viol-rob Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw this on the DA timeline thingy. XDDD I exploded. Hetalia is taking over the world!!
Even if you don't mean it to be hetalia anymore.
Chibi-Chii24 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
HAHAHA Your comment and signature
Chocotok Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I knew it...

When I saw this in the dA page XDDD

me: London news? ... *sees* eyebrows* hahaha you're kidding me right? *checks*

oh gawd ITS England XDDDDDDDD
LightShadow14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I got attracted here from the "2011 As Seen Through Art" here in deviantart. Then scrolled down to see this! And I was like, 'this sure looks a lot like england'... and then 'OH IT IS ENGLAND!!' Fantastic work! :D
hardinmarquissa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I'm pleased to see Mr.Britain but at the same time I see the message and I'm just really amazed at how it's portrayed,sort of like: "London Bridge is burning down." A sensitive issue drawn in a way that will get the attention of fans and fangirls like me.This is an automatic fave.
Puppylove20007 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love how you used the colors.
Xxcheshiii-chanxX Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does seem far more than just mere fan art. I saw the riots on TV and I found it to be quite terrifying D: Man...

Yes, it does look a lot like iggy. o-o
Hitsugaya-Toushiro1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Gorgeous use of color.
RPnation-Austria Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
That is truly amazing
rosieapollonio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING WORK. I'm so happy it made it into the 2011 Countdown!
icegirl1907 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I knew he looked too much like Hetalia UK. Congratulations on getting featured on the 2011 Journal deserve it :)
Thesleepywolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Very powerful in colour and the feel of it. The riots were awful but hopefully it has made us stronger.
XMitten Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing...

vvvvv what that person said ;;
RB-Illustration Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Digital Artist
This is a really powerful image. I can see how it started as fanart but it's developed into something more than that. The lighting is amazing! ^^ And the expression on his face is really well done.
LureLight Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actuly reminds me of a Dr. Who
Yunaleska1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this picture. Amazing! I remember my friends saying they saw people running down their streets and we all had to stay indoors just incase. Creepy times.
xXLittleTeatimeXx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
It's a powerful piece.
It does resemble a certain Hetalia character, but it has way more depth to it. It's a beautiful piece depicting a very unfortunate event. I had to comment on it, because it is such a striking piece to me. I find it inspirational.
Schmo703529 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this piece, the lighting is amazing. Even though it's not really a Hetalia fanart. This piece really stood out to me, I didn't even realize that it resembled him until I read the description. Congrats on the feature :clap:
lalalaluce Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, just wow this is gorgeous: the way you've drawn the character's facial expression and the details of the fire and burning building. As a Brit, I love this. You're brilliant : -) x
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TimmyTa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The riots wern't just in london... there were sevral outbreaks across the country over outrage of mark duggans death. There were riots in Nottingham (where I am! :)) , Birmingham, Manchester, Gloucester, Liester, Bristol and many others. On the forth night of the riots it got as far as the midlands and there was even some copycat vandelism in the north-west of the country. Sorry for my long speech, I felt you has to be corrected..^_^
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TimmyTa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I live right next to the meadows...Which didn't have any riots but there was riot police patrolling the streets with baton shields and stuff because thats probally the worst area in nottingham...And st annes... I don't really think were all that civalised really... not that better then other places anyway... the buildings were mostly done by just a few people, the other people rioting just had there mind on the shops and getting the good stuff before it all went. "Everyone from all sides of London meet up at the heart of London (central) OXFORD CIRCUS!!Bare SHOPS are gonna get smashed up so come get some (free stuff!!!) f*** the feds we will send them back with OUR riot! >:O Dead the ends and colour war for now so if you see a brother... SALUT! if you see a fed... SHOOT!"
isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist

Although I don't think that there's anything at all wrong with having this as a fanart piece, I can understand that it's grown into something more individual for you as the Artist. Congratulations on the dA HQ feature. :clap:
yellowducktape Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
This is a heartbreaking piece. it shows what people who are stupid and careless can do. It is so beautiful. thank you for drawing this and for being so incredibly respectful, it's refreshing.
AnnieThePerson Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing piece of artwork. I love the colours, and the shading. The background is beautiful
About people who are offended by the art work: Most people I know, were not raging about artwork like this, but ones with tasteless jokes, and art which was just general fanart.
TheManicFox Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Yeah I loved hearing about all the shop merchants getting together and chasing off the rioters and cleaning up and things! This is beautiful!
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