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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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Melankolia

“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

Grinding the layout brain-grist

The dirtier the details | The ... the entrails

Beckoning the madness by inking in the blakkness

If interested in purchasing this original piece of art, check out the listing on EveryDayOriginal.com.

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Puritans, Priests, and Pallbearers

Inspired by Russian Orthodox vestments and imagery

When getting new ideas onto paper, I like to start out small.  Starting an image with small sketches helps to keep the eye's focus on the overall composition and what best will catch someone's attention.  If the viewer is interested in something from afar, they'll stick with it and engage with the image up close.  These are some examples of my thumbnail compositions.

More compositions inspired by Russian Orthodox vestments and imagery

Things with Wings

Priests, Puritans, and Pallbearers

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The Blakk Cascade

PinkHammer 40,000, from matthewglewis.tumblr.com

I maintain a few tumblr accounts.

shroudedandobskured.tumblr.com - Ahhhhh, my mood board.  I keep this cascade of images to remind me of the feeling I’m trying to capture in my own work.  Maybe, someday my images will feel right at home nestled within the gloom and dirt of what I keep here.

matthewglewis.tumblr.com - A sort of alternate portfolio, I post a lot more progress shots and some finished pieces that I don’t necessarily want to include on my website.

lostkeep.tumblr.com - It’s the tumblr version of my blog.  Basically, anything I post on my website blog will end up here.  I’ll also drop in some random things, occasionally.

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J•Kobb & Behance

J•Kobb.  I'm working on it.  Slow and steady.  Don't worry, it's coming.

And, if you'd like to know more about how I create my imagery, head over to my Behance page (here).  There you can find more step-by-step pictures about how these demons manifest from concept to drawing to painting.  More GIFs, WIPs, and videos to please your brain!

Click the pic to see more about how I create each of my images

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The purveyor of denial, Railroad-Head Rex

"Bound to purvey the loathsome Edict of Denial | The Fear and Shame induced, to it’s face brought a smile"

On June 3rd, at 10.00AM Eastern Time (GMT -5.oo), my piece "Railroad-Head Rex" will go up for sale on EveryDayOriginal.com.  Thanks to illustrator & art director Marc Scheff for bringing me on board with EDO.  There's lots of great art from some great talent, there, of which I'm happy to be a part.

"Behold!  At what guilt hath created, may beholders gasp and ponder."


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