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Trading Card Illustration: SASHA_2.1

I’m so excited to share a brand new piece with you! Created earlier this fall, this illustration was created as a part of HireIllo’s game token series centered around the theme of “Versus Evil” – with each character representing a villain.


When I started my thumbnails for this project, I had no idea that I would ultimately select the most realistic culprit of humanity’s demise: our own technology. But that argument is for a later date.

For now, meet villainous character SASHA_2.1, the pinnacle of human innovation and the end of humanity as we know it. Self-aware and evolving, morphing without restraint, SASHA_2.1 is our unavoidable doom. By controlling idle minds without oversight, the belligerent AI has become the master.

All hail Self-Aware System for Human Annihilation 2021.


This illustration was so fun, and I’m so glad to be able to finally share it with you! Coincidentally, this cyber collection releases next Friday, November 26 for cyber weekend, so head back to the shop to visit the brand new collection then!

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read this artist journal, and who continues to support my work by following me on any of my social media ( IG | Tw | FB | Youtube ), subscribing to my monthly newsletter, and/or supporting me through Patreon or my webshop.


For more information about my process, or to inquire with an illustration project, visit my website or contact me at artforsayles [at] gmail [dot] com.


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