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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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Killer ladies.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live was pretty fantastic (it's also the reason for the later than usual blog post, I just got back in).  It was a great place for getting portfolio reviews from respected art directors, meeting art heroes, making new friends, getting out of my cave, and watching two of my friends take home top honors from the Spectrum awards show.  My friend Wylie Beckert won the first ever "Rising Star" award while another friend, Rovina Cai, won the Gold Award in the Institutional category (award pics below).  They're both great talents and ones to watch.

Wylie's Rising Star award.  Check out her blog post about the award.

 See more about the award on  Rovina's blog .

See more about the award on Rovina's blog.

Other than the show, Kansas City was replete with barbecue, jazz, and one creepy-as-hell painting on a restaurant wall.  I loved it.

From Succotash in the Westport area of Kansas City, MO.  Good juice n' vittles.

In other news, I've got a really cool art announcement coming up.

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Deconstructing the Decomposing

Clikk the image to see the project page with WIPs and steps and chains and stuff...

Do you like metal and process videos?  Either way, you should drop by my YouTube channel!  There you can glean from my most devious of methods for conjuring the blackened and loathsome.  Below is a video ripped straight from the vines of the tree most knowledgable.  To see more, click here.

Also, I'll be headed to Kansas City, MO to check out the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live conference (https://spectrumfantasticartlive.com).  I've never been to an illustration-centric show like this one and am looking forward to meeting some people I admire, want to work with, and hope to learn from.  I'll give a de-brief on my return.

And, if you've got recommendations for some good, local, black, black, black coffee, let me know in the comments below.

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WIP it güd...

I normally have a lot of projects going on at once.  And, I usually post updates to those projects all over the place.  While this blog will serve to host the major updates to what I'm doing, you can find more work-in-progress shots on my Behance and Instagram pages.  On top of those accounts, I've got several other web-presences listed at the bottom of my site.

Here's a current WIP (clickthrough to Behance):

 Click the pic to head over to it's page on Behance.

Click the pic to head over to it's page on Behance.

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Evil, evil, eeeeevil drawings...

I've got this piece from last year that I started and didn't finish.  I've recently picked it back up and am making an effort to get it done.  It's pretty daunting because it's fairly larger than how I normally work.  Normally, I work on a piece of paper that is roughly 5.5" • 8".  Teeny details fill up most of that space.  It takes a while, but, I love it.  This one, is 9" • 12"!  And, it's still got all the teeeeeeny details!  I'm pretty stoked about how it could/will turn out.  I'm also really eager to get it scanned in and start coloring it digitally.  One of my goals is to work huge... like, wall-sized huge at the same detail-level I use, now.  This is one step towards that goal.

Jakkobus - WIP.jpg

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First Post

Finally, a cohesive (pronounced fancy) presentation of my macabre spawn.  Leave a comment or shoot me an email and let me know what you think!

Along with the gallery and blog, I'm planning on getting a store with originals and prints up and running in the near future.  I've recently shipped out some originals and prints, for the first time.  It felt great sending the kids off to new homes!  So, check back.

In the meantime, here's a mummified hand from France I recently held [#fouxdafafa].

The good folks at Never Told Casket Company are always willing to lend a hand.

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