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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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.

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