Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Homeless J." Album Cover

Very rarely do I get the chance to fully immerse my heart, mind and soul so freely and enjoyably as I did in this freelance project. My good friend Chad from the band Homeless J asked me to do some art for the cover of their new album.

He gave me some image ideas and some of his meaning behind some songs. He sent me some mp3s that I literally listened to every single day for about a week and a half. Particularly as I lay in bed drifting off to sleep. What I find so very interesting about the creative process is how much of it happens in the subconscious mind.

Finally, on a saturday morning, as I sat sit looking though a Dave McKean graphic novel while waiting for my daughters to get out of ballet class, the image came to me.

It started out as a simple and loose pencil sketch I did in 2 parts. All the rest I did with photos and in Photoshop.

Loved it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

J.R.R. Tolkein

“The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories...But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration
of sub-creation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation.”

—Tolkein, Reader

Monday, November 10, 2008

Character Sketches

With the release of Parable 1, just a few short weeks away, I've once again bugun to work furiously on my submission for Parable 2. Here's some sketches I did last night to reacquaint myself with the character after a bit of a hiatus from the project.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

G.K. Chesterton

Men spoke much in my boyhood of restricted or ruined men of genius: and it was common to say that many a man was a Great Might-Have Been. To me it is a more solid and startling fact that any man in the street is a Great Might-Not-Have-Been.

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

St. Cyprian and All Saints Day

In honor of All Saints Day saturday,(The holiday came about in the early Christian church as a means of commemorating the lives and deaths of Christian martyrs) here's a quick sketch of martyr, St. Cyprian of Carthage.