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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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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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