Finished John’s Chrysanthemum and shot some nice new healed pics of his other work……
I am extremely fortunate to have been featured in the ALUMNI video series by DIG BMX Magazine. I have been reading this magazine since it’s first issue in 1993. So I am blown away that they chose to feature me, intact i think this might be my most indepth and wholehearted interview I have had to date. Thank you for looking and thank you for the support. Alumni is a DIG BMX production. Directed by Fraser Byrne
Cant wait to see the rest of the series. Thanks to Will, Steve, Sandy, Fraser and everyone else at DIG BMX.
Great progress with travis’s back this week. Thank you for your endurance and patience Travis, safe travels back to LA.
The Friday I will receive the first copies of Book of Patterns Volume II, 694 brand new patterns of hexahedron based tessellating patterns.
This will also mark the closing of my Blurb books e-store, from this point forward all books will be available through Rakinglightprojets.com
Here is the Front Cover
And some process shots of the book being made, thanjs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was another piece, where I allowed myself to keep the work simple and play with layout and texture.
This piece was the beginning of what became the back of the LP cover.
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.
A – Front and Back Gatefold Cover, 15 x 30″ ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.
Detail 1 of A.
Detail 2 of A.
B – Interior Gatefold, 15 x 30″ ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.
Detail 1 of B.
C – Lyric sheet Image, CD face and Vinyl LP labels 15 x 30″ ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.Detail 1 of C.
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
All of my Neurosis related work can be purchased here https://neurotrecordings.merchtable.com/artists/neurosis