Book of Patterns II

Over the past year I have been compiling a new collection of hexahedron based patterns for my tattooing and art.

The end result was 1600 patterns, I felt that this collection was something I wanted to share with people who like my work, so I edited it down to 694 of the strongest ones. The result being a 694 page, 5×8 book of patterns, weighing in at 2.5 lbs / 1.2 kg.

I am really happy with how the book turned out as I hope some of you will also be, I did all the preproduction from the patterns to the design and layout of the entire book.

The first 200 books purchased include two 8″ (h) x 5″ (w)  letterpress prints of patterns based on the front and back cover.

Follow this link to see more http://rakinglightprojects.com/products/book-of-patterns-volume-ii  – and yes it ships worldwide.

Here is a little trailer I made for the Book, some sample patterns and pictures of the book itself.

Thankyou

Thomas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Route to The End

Today, September 23rd 2016, the Neurosis album Fires Within Fires gets released, if I were to say I am excited, it would be a huge understatement. I wanted to share some of the art that was created during the whole process. Neurosis is a band that has influenced my art since I first discovered them, to have come full circle and create images to accompany their music is very surreal, and has been a huge honor.

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Here is the final cover, all hand painted, no photoshop or digital retouching, it is part of a larger piece that is 15 x 30″ – ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper. Before I show the finished pieces that make up the cover and album packaging I wanted to show a sample of the pieces that were created during the journey to the final art.

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August 26th 2015, this was the very piece that struck a chord with the band, I had made this by chance, to get the creative process started. I had shown it to them randomly, I think this piece was the one that I turned to for inspiration later on to create some of the final works.

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After sketching many trees and trying to associate symbols with one of the bands songs – Doorway, which is a song that has always stuck with me. (Having not heard any new material as it was not yet recorded I turned to some of my personal favorites of theirs). This tree was sketched as a warm up before starting a more complex painting, as you can see it hosted themes that became focal points of the finished art.

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After making a lot of different sketches and pieces I had to return to the original first piece I created, just adding some layers and textures, I think I had to assert to myself that it was ok to go with ideas from the ‘accidental’ first pieces.

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This was another piece, where I allowed myself to keep the work simple and play with layout and texture.

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This piece was the beginning of what became the back of the LP cover.

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Before I show the finished paintings, I want to show the sketch of these two elements, they were secondary sketches for some of the main symbols on the record.

 

FINAL ART

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A – Front and Back Gatefold Cover, 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.neurosis-lettering

Detail 1 of A.

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Detail 2 of A.

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Detail 3 of A.heart

B – Interior Gatefold, 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.heart-detail

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C – Lyric sheet Image, CD face and Vinyl LP labels 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.pyramid-sunsetDetail 1 of C.circles

Detail 2 of C.

And there you have it, a journey that has allowed me to make something for a group of people that I never would have thought possible. Thank you to Neurosis for their trust and to all the bands that have trusted me and my art as the visual accompaniment to their music, to their art. A special thanks to both Tombs and Doomriders, bands who trusted me and used my work many years ago before I had really shown any of my non tattoo art publicly, these records I feel paved the way to me making art for musicians on a regular basis.

The Finished LP

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All of my Neurosis related work can be purchased here https://neurotrecordings.merchtable.com/artists/neurosis

Thank you!