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unwholied toledo, new webpage and new video

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since my trip to norway, i’ve completed the webpage and video for the second installment of my patreon project - unwholied toledo.

above is a pic from the new webpage.  check out this link to the full webpage for more images and some narrative about what went down in t-town.  you’ll also find more pics detailing the creation of the image along with a video breaking down what i painted and how it relates to toledo and alchemy.

and, if you’d like to find out more about the project and/or support what i’m doing, click here - or, see the bottom of this post for ways to support.

plus… here’s some sketches for the upcoming third round of content based on picasso’s guernica and the symbology of the dying and resurrecting bull-god imagery picasso (probably) used…

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more to come, bye for now

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fjord god's sake!!!

it’s been five years since i’ve been in norway… i had the chance to get back there in the middle of april while everyone in spain is off for semana santa (holy week).

there were fjords.

there were swords.

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and other horny, viking things…

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unwholied toledo.

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it’s done… after months of working on this one, it’s finally done.  why did it take months?  mostly, i was wrapping up the first (and trial run) patreon round of content with the goya stuff (here).  then, i had to do a bunch of admin work to secure another year in spain.  i was working on the toledo image the entire time, but, the first version i’d started in january just wasn’t cutting it.  all the pressures outside of the patreon project were making the patreon image less that what i wanted it to be.

so, i didn’t really get a clear head to start working on the toledo image until the beginning of march… after i’d decided to scrap all the work from the first attempt.  but, unwholied toledo is now complete.  i like it and i hope you like it, too.

here’s a process video for the new image.

and, here’s images of the original version’s drawing vs the new version’s drawing.

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super-lastly, i’m taking another break from madrid… and, from spain, this time… headed back to green and blue norway for an escape from the arid landscape of madrid.  the last time i was in norway, i was in oslo during the nobel peace prize award ceremony (across the street from the building i snapped, below) across the street in a building serving free norwegian stacked cake (kransekake… worth a google).

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more to come, bye for now

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toledo update and what's to come.

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here’s an update to the drawing for the toledo image. in reality the fully rendered, painted, digital version is done. i’ll post that in a couple of weeks - my patrons get early access to updates, finals, and full-size jpegs/psds in appreciation of their financial support (patreon).

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in other news, i went back to the national archaeological museum (nam) in madrid, spain - an incredible building and exhibition. until i visited the nam, i didn’t realize that much of the stuff joseph campbell talks about in his book primitive mythology: the masks of god vol. 1 is here in spain. for example, the name makes note that in the basque areas and cantabria in the north of spain you can find the paleolithic cave art that lays the foundation for much of campbell’s work. the nam exhibit has artifacts from all these times and places and also carries you through the time periods between spain’s paleolithic years up to now. just so much stuff… it’s fascinating to unexpectedly see all of it in front of your face after you’ve been reading about it for the past 2-3 years.

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this stuff will certainly play a part in the upcoming round of my patreon project which concerns bulls and their mythological/historical roles. as a springboard into this bull, i’m starting with picasso’s guernica painting (since the painting is housed here in madrid at the reina sofia) and joseph campbell’s interpretation of the painting (which includes reading lunar and solar deity representations into the painting’s icons).

tons of other cools stuff, too.

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if you’re interested in keeping up with my travels and art creation, please consider signing up for my mailing list… that way, internet algorithms won’t keep us apart. and, if you reeeeaaaallly like what i’m doing, any financial support helps to make these journey and consequent illustrations possible. thanks for reading. stay tuned.

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euskadi.

a stained glass ceiling in gernika’s parliament building…

a stained glass ceiling in gernika’s parliament building…

at the beginning of march i went to bilbao, spain (in euskadi).  it’s in the north of spain whose landscapes are very green… very different from the rest of the mostly arid (?), colorado-/arizona-esque landscapes of the rest of the country.  the north is much more like what i’m used to in the pacific northwest of the united states.  here’s some photos from the trip.

i was there (in bilbao and gernika) to take a break from madrid and do some research on the upcoming 3rd part of my patreon project (link) which will be based on picasso’s painting, guernica. i’ll be looking at picasso’s painting and joseph campbell’s interpretation of it. we’ll then look at the bull in the painting, its significance, and bulls as they show up throughout myth around the world.

bilbao, spain from the funicular park on mount artxanda…

bilbao, spain from the funicular park on mount artxanda…

what a relief to finally see some water, again…

what a relief to finally see some water, again…

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onto toledo.

peace bruh, it’s just alchemy…

peace bruh, it’s just alchemy…

now that the goya project is done.  it’s time to move on to toledo.

today, toledo is a world unesco heritage site about an hour’s train ride outside of madrid.  the moors controlled it, then the visigoths, then the catholic church… i think.  i’m still working out memorizing the timeline.  but, toledo has changed hands several times.

for a long time, it was a major center for translation work.  translation work that the catholic church was not to keen on… eventually.  arabs, jews, and christians lived in toledo and did that translation work on much of the world’s prized literature - translating it into what would become castellano… or, spain-style spanish.  much of this work included weird literature-stuff about alchemy.  alchemy is weird because it’s about as esoteric as yoga literature is esoteric - veiled phrases, obscure references to myth, legend, and fictional facts.  but, it’s mostly about the same things as yoga… the marriage of opposites.  hierarchical structures don’t like this kind of crazy talk. so, to this, the poppa wanted to put a stoppa (paris condemnations of the 13th century).

this patreon round is about that - the subversive translation work on alchemical literature in toledo, spain. up above is some drawing progress.

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a skribble of skullz

practice the practice… torture the technique, a technique of torture… light and dark (mostly dark)… form and lack-of function…

un-exorcised demons just rattle around and pick away at the health meat. so, it’s best to get them out. see them, know them, use them so they don’t use you (see the whole family & ordeal here).

out with ye, vile violator… number o1

out with ye, vile violator… number o1

out with ye, too… number o2

out with ye, too… number o2

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chronicling the chronic chronicler

… blacked out… came to…  blacked out, again.  again, we’re here… palavering… me and that old Devil.  i thought this time i should write it down.  no matter how far down it goes.  and, maybe leave a visual trail of the things i’ve seen… and the things that’ve seen me. here, and here.



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endemical alchemical

painful hands… again…

painful hands… again…

so, a couple of updates…

first the patreon, the first round of content is done and can be viewed here (behance page).  i’ve got another web-version of the content coming up.  i’ll host it on my website, too.  the second round is underway and the photo above is the 95% complete drawing for the content based on toledo, spain (much to do with alchemy).  here’s a photo from that trip.

a neck-swing from the torture museum in toledo, spain

a neck-swing from the torture museum in toledo, spain

second, when i need to take a visual break from the patreon content, i like to make sheets of skulls.  it’s a great way to practice with new colors, textures, techniques, lighting, etc.  generally, what i learn with these sheets makes its way back into the patreon and professional work.  so, here’s a little sample from a sheet i’m working on, now!

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goya's goat

first round of patreon stuff… done.  $1.oo patrons get early access to the project as the work happens, $5.oo patrons get that + full-size files of the final imagery (patreon here).  full project with process work and photos up on behance (here).

below there’s the final image, a work in progress, photo from the prado trips, and a link to the video talking about the story behind the image.

goya's goat,  9.oo" • 12.oo" (22.9cm • 30.5cm), graphite.digital, Matthew G. Lewis,  2018

goya's goat, 9.oo" • 12.oo" (22.9cm • 30.5cm), graphite.digital, Matthew G. Lewis, 2018

process - drawing

process - drawing

the prado in madrid, spain… velazquez playing ‘dark sentinel’

the prado in madrid, spain… velazquez playing ‘dark sentinel’

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ouch-hands

the goya drawing is done.  scanned.  and being colored, right now.

i’m thinking about a monthly delivery schedule for the patreon project.  i’m also thinking about a 1.5-2 month delivery schedule… i’ll be able to deliver higher quality content if i allow that amount of time between pieces.  i have several commitments to juggle while being abroad and i’d like to maintain high quality art output. the first round of content is still good for a halloween delivery, though.

again, here’s some links to the patreon project and my mailing list - patreon / mailing list

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dark psychology

i moved to madrid, spain in august to pursue a long-standing passion project - to explore our dark, collective psychological past.

joseph campbell (author of the hero with a thousand faces, and, the guy george lucas credits with helping to complete the original star wars trilogy) wrote that our lives are built upon the horrific and macabre tales our ancestors told in caves, around campfires, and within castles.  europe provides the backdrop for many of those tales. and, now that i’m here i want to travel to those same settings to see the landscapes, hear the stories, and come back to madrid to create imagery reminding us our world-wide psychological heritage.

i’m just getting this thing started and will be developing the project as it continues.  the first drawing in the series is done (you can see a sneak-peak of it and the original sketches, below) with painting underway.  here’s a link the patreon project page - link.  any and all support is appreaciated.  as i mentioned, this is an idea i’ve had for quite sometime - i’m excited to get this thing going and see where it goes \m/

sketches - patreon project, goya

sketches - patreon project, goya

drawing progress - patreon project, goya

drawing progress - patreon project, goya

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skullz

if you haven’t been keeping up with my social accounts (like instagram and twitter), you may have missed that i did a sheet of skulls, recently-ish.


amidst those big changes i mentioned - which include selling everything and moving to madrid, spain - i was able to sneak in an attempt at another patreon where i would be creating sheets of skulls each month.  then i moved to spain.  i stopped that monthly skull iteration of the patreon and am currently building a different (and, i think better) patreon.

if you’re interested in the new patreon, here’s the link.  it’s pretty bare as i’m still putting stuff together.  i’m aiming to deliver the first month’s content by the end of october.  i’ll keep updating here as it comes along, too.

skullzzzzzzz.

skullzzzzzzz.

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freelance pants

just wanted to post a couple of images i created for a couple of cool metal bands a few months ago.

great guys to work with. their music is pretty rad, too. see links to their work below each pic.

also coming up, more news about that big move…

bhaira’s facebook page -  link

bhaira’s facebook page - link

eye cluster’s facebook page -  link

eye cluster’s facebook page - link


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new stuff in store

i’ve been pretty busy uploading some new stuff into my store.  that includes the original drawing i did for my version of pete mohrbacher’s zaqiel that he commissioned from me for his angelarium project.  see my previous blog post for links to details, process stuffs, and links to get a hold of a print of zaqiel!

most of the new art is on sale with shipping to the u.s. included (lies, lies, lies | tukroun•konman | j.kobb • the ascender, and more).  i’ve got a pretty big move coming up and would like sell the art rather than transport it.

i’ll speak more about the move in the future.  i’m pretty excited and am hoping that it opens up some interesting opportunities for making engaging images.

stay tuned!

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tukroun•konman

tukroun•konman is one of the only personal pieces i got to create during 2017.  it was a busy year as i was working full-time in a studio gig.  even though i didn’t do much personal creation in 2017, this piece did get accepted into spectrum 25 - which will be published later this year!

the original artwork is also up in my store - here.  and, if you’re into that sort of thing, here’s a few links to some process work for the drawing and painting portions - behance / twitter / artstation / instagram

tukroun•konman , 9.oo"•12.oo" (22.9cm • 30.5), graphite.digital,  Matthew G. Lewis (2017)

tukroun•konman, 9.oo"•12.oo" (22.9cm • 30.5), graphite.digital, Matthew G. Lewis (2017)

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angelarium ii • zaqiel, the cleansing fire

in late 2017, pete mohrbacher commissioned me for an alternate take on his zaqiel angel from his angelarium project.  it was a bit humbling to be asked to participate in pete’s project because of its wide reach, his excellent artwork, and his thorough execution of the entire angelarium endeavor.  his approach to such a vision also lays down a foundation for other’s to see how to architect there own personal, independent artistic lives.  to top it off, it’s inspiring to see how he brings in other artists to share in his successful passion project.

zaqiel is one of the largest digital pieces i’ve created and i’m happy with how it turned out.  pete’s source material provided a rich starting point and putting a nuanced spin on his original idea was a fun challenge.

you can check out pete’s original image and pick up a print of my version via the angelarium website (here).  my original drawing which i scanned and then digitally painted is available via my store (here).

lastly, i’ve got several process shots and details of the project in several different places - twitter o1, o2instagram • behance

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angelarium.

recently, pete mohrbacher asked if i’d take a crack at his ‘zaqiel’ image for his angelarium project.  i said ‘yes’ and have been working on it for the past couple of weeks.

with this project, i’m thankful to be able to maintain my process of working in both traditional and digital mediums.  including traditional processes within a digital workflow retains a tactile quality in the image that a purely digital process seems to miss... for me.

at this point, the traditional portion of the project is complete [see attached image] and now i'm digitally pumping up the contrast and textures in preparation for the color phase of the image.

more updates next week.

you can find pete’s angelarium work on his site and instagram.

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