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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.

zaqiel_update01.jpg

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king arthur and shrooms.

it’s been a while... again.  for the past year and a half, i’ve been gainfully employed as a production artist at a social game studio here, in seattle.  i recently left that position in order to return to freelance and personal illustration.  towards the end of my employment i took a short trip to wales - a haunting, hilly country replete with open spaces, fog, and castles.  and, the further north from cardiff one goes, the more one hears welsh still being spoken.

(wales is also the land of king arthur and shrooms - probably not coincidental)

as for what’s happening art-wise in the future… we’ll see.  i have a few different topics i’m developing and am kicking around the idea of a re-vamped patreon in order to more sustainably create content without cautionary gatekeepers.  in the meantime, here’s some pics from wales and some helmets and skulls.

talk soon.

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j. kobb: the ascender

behold, j.kobb: the ascender cometh!

the drawing startedback in 2014 - didn't get that finished until 2016.  then began the color process.  it looked awful.  after months of fuckin' around with it, it got scrapped.  the second color attempt took much less time.  i feel like it's less awful!

also, i don't make a lot of updates.  and, i try to make them interesting when i do.  if you like my work and would like to know about what i'm working on, sign up for my mailing list [check the bottom of the 'info' page].  no bullshit, i promise... it's a mess to clean off the carpet and it sticks to your teeth.

 j.kobb: the ascender

j.kobb: the ascender

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‘he who receiveth me…’

j.kobb has been aching for release for a while, now.  the black and white tonal study is complete… has been for a while, actually… for over a year.  the color is almost done, too.  don't worry, though.  it won't take another year.  he's coming soon.

 j.kobb.

j.kobb.

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So Fukking Done...

powers of plague be praised, compelled by the wretched abundance of lack and burdened with an arm animated by the baleful spirit of contempt, via your servant thine brush hath carved it’s putrid platitude into eyes innumerable…

i finished the task.  fukkface is accomplished.  finally, back to my cell.

if you'd like to wield the whip over my frequency of production, here's a means to make that manifest - Lostkeep.Patreon

 Ol' Fukkface   Ol' Fukkface , 12"•12" (30.9cm • 30.9cm), graphite.digital,  2017   Colored version of a drawing in my  Stretched Skin Sketchbook .  See the utter mess,    here   ... you can buy it, too...

Ol' Fukkface

Ol' Fukkface, 12"•12" (30.9cm • 30.9cm), graphite.digital, 2017

Colored version of a drawing in my Stretched Skin Sketchbook.  See the utter mess, here... you can buy it, too...

 the original

the original

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So fukking dead...

Praise Satan that my pencil and stylus still answer to my rotting limbs... here in this drafty, shoddily-hermetically-sealed tomb.  Living world be damned, your deacons and pontifs are no match for the unholy roller.  Here's a tonal study of the thing buried with me's head.  I'll color it, too.

 'Ol Fukkfa$e' is one ugly cuss.

'Ol Fukkfa$e' is one ugly cuss.

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Melankoliaholic

Losing weight and losing sleep… but, Melankolia is done.

“Melancholia was described as a distinct disease with particular mental and physical symptoms in the 5th and 4th centuries BC.  Hippocrates, in his Aphorisms, characterized all “fears and despondencies, if they last a long time” as being symptomatic of melancholia.  When a patient could not be cured of the disease it was thought that the melancholia was a result of demonic possession.” – Wikipedia

fuck yeah, \m/

Melankolia, 12” x 9” (30.5cm x 13.7cm), digital, 2016

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Confessing to Strangers (w/audio)

J•Kobb... almost f-f-f-f-finished ;)

That's J•Kobb.  He's almost done...

Also, a strange man on the internet recently reached out to me and requested a podcast interview.  So, I talked to him.  Turns out, he’s not so strange and is no longer a stranger.  Youngman Brown conducts a podcast called Your Creative Push.  He interviews creatives like writers, artists, and more, digs into the creative drive, and pushes that drive out to the masses.

I had a great time talking with Youngman.  His questions were great and I hope there’s some inspiration in my answers that others find valuable.  A lot of my creative drive is gleaned and culled from the lives of others who inspire me.  Hopefully, that drive gets passed along in my words and deeds.

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Patiently throbbing along...

Here's a little color update to Melankolia.

I don't have a whole lot to report this week.  There's a couple of really cool things brewing in the background.  I just want to make sure they're certain before I start releasing the details.

While you're waiting, gaze at some pink while some pulsating waves bathe your drums.

update on this sucker, just a WIP...  It should be done in a week, or two.

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Blood. Sweat. & More Blood.

2015 was loaded with freelance commercial work.  I had no time to really dig into my personal stuff.  2016 started off on the right foot... stump.

I finally got this one done.  It’s called Vox and was originally created as part of my friend Paul Richards’ Substrata project.  The image has been sitting around for about two years in various forms of b&w/color stages and I finally hit a tone, mood, and scheme I was happy with.  If you want to see more progress shots and WIPs of the image, check out the Behance page I made for this sucker - here.

Vox, 12.00” x 12.00” (30.5cm x 30.5cm) Digital, Matthew G. Lewis (2016)

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Filthy, Filthy Lucre

I've started a Patreon.  For those of you who aren't familiar, it's like Kickstarter.  But, it's geared more towards creatives who create more regularly.  That's where I come in.  I want to spend more time creating dark, grisly, moody, and gloomy imagery... more regularly.  This is where you come in.  If you're keen on supporting me, take a look and my Patreon page (http://www.patreon.com/LostKeep?ty=h) and see if you're interested.  As more and more people join in, I'll be able to devote more and more time to creating the stuff I love to create, and, hopefully, that you love to see.

The commitments are really low.  Right now, they're only $1.oo/$2.oo a month.  I'm keeping them there for people who want to get in on the ground floor and help me get this thing going.  I'll be making the project more robust as it, and I, grow.  I have ideas for more robust tiers where I'll deliver tutorials, PSDs, and perhaps some deliverables like postcards and prints.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  I love creating the dark stuffs and your support is very encouraging.  More stuff is in the works.  I'll share as I'm able.

The image below is another personal piece I've been able to start tackling.  I originally created it  for EveryDayOriginal.com.  It was a graphite piece that I've scanned and rendered further in black and white (color is coming!).  It's been up on my Patreon for about a week.  It's an example of content I'll be posting early, there, for supporters who want early access to my projects.

Melankolia, 12.00” x 9.00” (30.5cm x 22.9cm) Digital, Matthew G. Lewis (2015)

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A Plagued 2015

Sorry for the long absence, everyone.  A lot has been happening.  So, here's a quick update on a couple of things.

This past year, I've been doing a bit of work for the guys over at Legendary Games.  They've been great to work with and have some unique RPG worlds for which I've created illustrations.  Here's a link to my BeHance page with the work I've done for them over 2015 - BeHance.

Also, I've just launched a Patreon page (here).  It's something I've wanted to get started for a while.  While my freelance gigs keep my busy with fantasy and horror illustrations, I want to push things into the even darker, more personal side.  Check out my gallery (here) to see more of what I mean.  I've got lots of images I want to create and with your help, I'll have the resources and time to devote to the more wretched stories I want to tell.

Much like my wearied frame, my Patreon page is pretty bare-bones... right now.  With your help, I'll be adding more content to the account.  Any and all support is much appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for keeping up with my work.  I really appreciate the continued interest.  I haven't been able to devote a lot of time to creating my own content in 2015.  It's been pretty challenging transitioning from a full-time, corporate design job to full-on freelance.  Creating personal art has borne the bulk of that difficulty and I'm hoping for a more productive and personal 2016.  See you all, there...

Here's a quick update on J•Kobb: The Asscender... and, some music to bludgeon in the New Year.

 Poor J•Kobb... full of neglect.

Poor J•Kobb... full of neglect.


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Ear-Drums Run Red

My stomach hasn't quite finished off itself.  I'm still hungry.  But, the anger and rage provide fuel for the art-furnace.  To stoke the wretched motivations, I fill my ears with Indian food.  Indian, as in, the band, and food, as in, their brand of black-sludge metal.  I love their music as much or more as I hate how money dictates human value and worth.  Here's a track from their album From All Purity.

Here's a link to their bandcamp page - http://indiandoom.bandcamp.com  You can listen to their last two albums in their entirety, there.

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Auto-Cannibalism

While I keep doing freelance work to keep my stomach from eating itself, here's some old work with fancy new filters applied to them.

Ol' Fukk-Face

Addict

The Trunk

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Sword and Planet... of death

I normally post on Mondays, but, I just couldn't wait to post another day.

I've been doing some work with Legendary Games on their Legendary Planet Kickstarter.  It's a sword and planet style RPG (think John Carter of Mars and He-Man)... sci-fi / fantasy.  The first two designs I've completed with them are these two beast-y baddies - the Krang and Jagladine!  I'm pretty happy with how they came out as it was a bit of a trial with a new process.

The Krang and Jagladine!  And, their Kickstarter!

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