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Friday, June 21, 2013
This is really just a silly picture of a poster I drew over. More cosmic drawings will follow this celestial drawing – I'm nearly finished the companion piece to my drawing of the fractal and star cluster.
Sarina says: Plan your tattoos wisely. Consider bilateral symmetry and colour schemes in your overall tattoo layout.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
This drawing was inspired by a number of works; two songs and two Medieval documents. The songs, Noothgrush's Deterioration in the upper banner, and Krallice's The Clearing, outline the totally incomprehensible scope of the universe, and the insignificance of humanity in comparison. A text which appears in the right hand column, is from Giordano Bruno's On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, one of many books he wrote which resulted in his being labelled a heretic and his subsequent persecution. Bruno was born in the sixteenth century and expounded a number of revolutionary beliefs; in an infinite number of worlds like our own, in a heliocentric universe, and in pantheism.
Naturally, this got him in a great deal of trouble, and like many progressive thinkers, he was murdered for it.
The two Medieval texts are an alchemical image usually referred to as The Music of the Spheres, and St Anselm of Canterbury's Meditations. The former depicts a Greco-Roman inspired hierarchy, depicting gods and the known planets, along with a giant serpent. The latter is a very inspired manuscript, whose capitals (the ornate, illustrated letters at the beginning of paragraphs, which we associate with the idea of illuminated manuscripts) are (mini) masterpieces of composition and creativity.
The giant snake is a nod to the snake logo I've made (and blogged) in the past, a snake eating the sun, which is apparently what some people thought occurred during an eclipse. As well, it looks like the snake in the Music woodcut, and it recalls Jormagund and the Ouroborus.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Just a small picture of Wayne and Garth as Laverne and Shirley, from the Milwaukee montage. Garth is hard to drawn accurately, without completely exaggerating the overbite / gopher thing Dana Carvey is doing. Things which make sense will be coming shortly...
PS - It's Algonquin for "the good land".
Sunday, May 5, 2013
This is the completed art for the back cover of the Indricothere LP. There is definitely going to be some text added to this; recording information, thanks, label info – that kind of thing. But this is the art itself - it's totally done. I can't really pin down what inspired the general look here, Privat Livemont's Art Nouveau poster for Absinthe Robette, the Hapshash and the Coloured Coat LP cover, photos of nebulae. The plant-like mass at the bottom is definitely a riff on the floral details in St. Anselm's Meditations, but also it vaguely resembles the Indricothere logo I came up for the front cover. As the Indricothere is a giant vegetarian mammal (which has a metal band named after it) I made this twisted mass of vinelike plant structures to reinforce that theme a bit more, and made it really intricate because, after all, this is technical death metal.
The Indricothere page is here. http://indricothere.bandcamp.com
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is the scanned cover for my comic, Drug Lion and Handsome Panda. It's a two panel gag comic about a foppish panda who lives with a stoner lion. Handsome panda has exquisite taste, but (for reasons never explained) he lives with a talking lion who is usually zonked on psychoactive drugs. It's a great premise which allows me to make fun of and reference a lot of funny and different things. There are twelve strips in this comic, one of which was drawn by Lee Wiesblatt. I'm getting it printed as soon as I can...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
This is the final draft of the logo for the band Indricothere. Process process! I've blown it up to about 300% to make it crisper and clean up all of the overlaps and spikes. I'm starting on the back cover, which in a lot of ways can be more fun than the back cover. You can draw crazy things because it's on the back of the album. The reverse side should look much more like a manuscript than the front of the album; there will be blackletter roman numerals for the tracklisting, and the logo will be redrawn (again...) in a more floral style, like the borders of some manuscript illuminations. The reverse cover should be a bit more cosmic, but will tie the two sides together by repeating the logo, the black and white scheme and the op art visual effects.