That's not a homunculus. That's a skeletal creature. Homunculus at least look somewhat more human and are smaller. Please research the particular mythology and etymology before naming something that it is not.
PuddingzWolf, you argument is misplaced. I am not being rude, I am simply stating facts in the form of a criticism. I am stating that the creature in question is not the creature he is calling it. It would be like saying the sky is green when in fact it is blue, this is a fallacy. I don't believe you know the difference between criticism and rudeness.
Homunculus simply means man-made-man. The artificial humanoid definitely fits that description. Fantasy lore is weird and diverse, just because some author/rpg/videogame/wherever the heck you get your information says a homunculus is one thing doesn't mean it there isn't an equally valid source claiming it's another.
"it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human." -Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homuncul… Above is the commonly accepted meaning of Homunculus.
In this painting, the creature may be artificial. But that creature is no "man". It's some kind of undead centaur creature. And that's part of why I think this is a mis-titled painting. Sometimes exact descriptions of mythological creatures sometimes will vary widely. But if I look at a picture of 'dragon' and I cannot clearly discern that it is a dragon, then the artist has failed to communicate clearly to the viewer what a 'dragon' is. This here is the same case, I would never have guessed that this painting is about a 'homunculus'.
Don't be so quick to blindly defend an artist against his critics without thinking your response through.
It is not called 'interpretation', now you are just fishing for buzz words to justify your opinion. Interpretation is assigning a meaning to concepts or objects. And I cannot find any interpretation that would make me think that this creature that the artist has painted is a homunculus.
Also, you are bringing emotions into to this. I do not 'hate' this painting nor the other one you mention. I am critiquing it. You don't seem to understand what 'critique' means. droemar.deviantart.com/art/5-T…