Sovereignty Rescued by the Angel of Democracy (after Hobbes)

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I've been trying to work out a way of drawing what I feel about the Brexit referendum.

I was provoked to create these particular images by the way those who voted to leave the EU were widely castigated as racist, misinformed and parochial after the result. It made me realise that we need some new form of allegory for the 21st century, a way of illustrating values and ideas that can inspire us to change the world.

This picture is based on the original frontispiece to Hobbes' LEVIATHAN of 1651. It was by far the best image result Google could come up with for “sovereignty”.

I drew it after I was asked for a definition of sovereignty by someone who voted Remain. I think many people who voted to stay in the EU don’t understand what sovereignty is. It’s the principle of who has ultimate control. So who has the right to decide the future of Britain? Is it the King? Is it the people? Or is it the EU?

Note the rather obvious reference to red tape.

Spiders are apparently a common meme for the EU across Europe.

This picture also taught me about drawing wings.

Signed, museum-quality original digital print.