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Considering that the majority of my art-making these days is for illustrations, I figured I should start a promo thread to share my paintings and other work. If you've stumbled across this while looking for someone to do album artwork, you're welcome to contact me, but my schedule is pretty full for the time being.

Here are a couple of recent illustrations to start off. I'm finally able to share a good image of this piece from earlier in the year - "Justice", a cover for Bethledeign's upcoming album "Iconography Of Suffering":



Here's a montage of paintings I created as background for the interior layout of the album:




Here (again) is the cover image for In Human Form's upcoming album "III":



And here are some older ones that I may have shared elsewhere - two variants of a cover for the Autumn Tears EP "The Origin Of Sleep":



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Here are a couple of fun "process animations" from my website showing paintings from initial stages to completion:







And here are some side by side photos showing the same process. Sometimes the first couple layers are loose and the image comes into focus slowly, which is how I prefer to paint, but if I need something to be laid out really accurately (like the illustration above), I'll start with a drawing.






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28 minutes ago, Natassja said:

So interesting to see the process animated! So very talented. I really really like The Farmer, any stories behind him? He intrigues me. 

The animations are fun, right? They're helpful for me to look at too, they remind me of all the choices I made and things I could have done differently along the way. What I was thinking about when I came up with The Farmer was getting ground down by how my life goes on after losing friends and loved ones, how that tells me things will keep moving along just fine without me, too, and how life on this planet in general will adapt and fill our niches long after we've killed ourselves off. I was trying to paint the saint or minor deity of Telling You You're Not That Fucking Important While Shoveling Earth Into Your Grave. I was hoping for the body language to say "are we done here, I've got work to do, we'll be seeing each other again soon enough". There's a bit of irony in trying to illustrate that with a human figure, but hey, it's supposed to be relatable.

Having said all of that, I don't usually like to go into detail about this kind of thing because I value hearing other people's ideas about the paintings, when they're generous enough to share, and I don't want to foreclose any other perspectives by telling anyone what a particular image "really means". It really means whatever it means to you... otherwise it doesn't mean much at all.


On 11/15/2019 at 3:18 AM, Requiem said:

I'm repulsed and amazed in equal measure. And both are at high levels. 

I meant to thank you for this comment a while ago. That's exactly the combination of feelings I hoped some of this stuff would evoke.

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