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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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/
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.
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…
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
trying to work things out. probably going to be some painful nipples... or lack thereof.
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 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.
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
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.