Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

hero concept design

This is a work-in-progress for a character concept design based on this amazing young woman.

Friday, 10 February 2017


'In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. 

For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready? One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end.'

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

make America great

This is a WIP for the 2017 PIAF exhibition entitled Trophy. I've called it: Make America Great. It's my first 'serious' work in the new 'visual satire' genre I have decided to indulge in. I know it won't change the world, but it might make me feel better about it. 

The bottom image is the reference I am using for the background. I searched Google-Earth for New York and found this - somewhere in the Bronx. It's a deliberate choice - suitably depressing and not far from the glitzy New York we are used to seeing. The method I am using is a combination of digital drawing, manipulation and collage. In this case I have drawn the beast and the woman from scratch in Photoshop. I have cropped, manipulated, collaged and painted into the Google-Earth photo background and eventually it should all come together as one illustration.

There are several ironies here of course, because many New Yorkers are horrified by the election of Trump. (Have you spotted the sign I placed high up the wall?) I follow a Japanese-born New York illustrator on Facebook and she keeps me informed.

The woman is Miss America (maybe that will end up being the title) and she will eventually be wearing clothes and brandishing the very tacky Miss America staff and tiara - along with a selection of severed heads hanging off the beast. She is me (though I don't look like that of course), the chthonic feminine - the raging Goddess in all her anger, bearing down on the men-in-blue-suits whose ideologies and actions have destroyed the planet. The primal force of the beast has been unleashed and is under her control - because as well as being a cultural cliche - she symbolises Mother Earth. I'm using the 'union of opposites', the 'both-and' model rather than the 'either-or'. I have no problem with paradox - the seeming contradiction between a lightweight, shallow beauty queen and the Mother-Goddess. I love paradox because it represents the truth.

There's a lot more work to do here so here's hoping I can pull it off.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

I'm living in projection 'purgatory'

“Projection means the expulsion of a subjective content into an object; it is the opposite of is a process of dissimilation, by which a subjective content becomes alienated from the subject and is....embodied in the object. The subject gets rid of painful, incompatible contents by projecting them.”(1)

Isn't this the entire issue behind all conflict in the world? It's always the 'other' that is at fault. And behind this the inability to integrate one's own dark side. I don't take the position that 'politicians' are driving this - they are simply giving the people what they want: absolution from responsibility. Which of course plays into the power-seeking hands of those who seek dominion over others to avoid taking responsibility for themselves. Perfect dance partners. I'd like to believe I am living in a time where consciousness is evolving - but on a world scale I don't see much evidence of that. If anyone can point me to some examples that contradict that view I would be happy to be wrong.

1. Jungcurrents: Jung: Collected Works 6, Paragraph 783