Thursday, August 27, 2009

Transmutation

A series I'm working on which I may develop into a narrative. Mainly just playing around with color and texture, fast and loose. It begins with a figure awakening in a strange realm of chaotic energy. He quickly becomes aware of a shadowy aura emanating from his body and it doesn't take much longer for him to realize he can control it by focusing and manipulating the white light densely coiled and spiraling within him. That's as much as I have so far, not sure what's next...


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Centurypede

A sketch inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five. In it the main character Billy Pilgrim becomes "unstuck in time" and experiences past and future events out of sequence over the course of the novel. At one point he is kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore and exhibited in their exoplanetary zoo. The Tralfamadorians just so happen to see things in four dimensions and have already witnessed every instant of their lives. They believe in predestination and say they cannot change anything about their fates, but are able to concentrate upon any moment of their choice.

So to elucidate further, they describe a human life as seen in the fourth dimension to be like a centipede of countless arms and legs stretched out from birth to death. Every moment and movement captured as fragments densely crisscrossing and interacting with countless other centipedes. Too much to grasp in its entirety, so I simplified the concept into a collection of faces that begin at the fetus on the tail end and gradually grow older, finally culminating with a grimacing skull. The swirled ripple around the fetus and portal in the eye of the skull are a linked vortex, representing the process of reincarnation.

Dream Dragon

Started this one on the train and took me a couple days to finish it up. Like my last post, I didn't really have much of formulated image in mind ~ just kept adding to it until it covered two full pages of my sketchbook. Dragons... always a solid subject :-}

Road Sketch

Went on a road trip to Ottawa a couple weeks ago and drew this on the way back. Been drawing a lot more with colored pens lately rather than pencilling in first like I normally do. Started with a few random scribbles and slowly formed it from there. A purely additive process that I really enjoy. Did a lot of good to get this one out onto the page :}