Illustration for the forthcoming gatefold vinyl version of "The Irrepassable Gate" by Ash Borer. The title of the piece is taken from the Gnostic text "The Book Of Enoch", in a description of the purgatory created for the fallen angels who had bred with mankind and spawned the Nephilim. Stylistically I drew chief inspiration from from specific works by František Kupka - "The Black Idol" in particular - though the work and techniques of William Mortensen also helped inform both this and the front panel illustration also.
The stark architecture was inspired by ancient sites from across he globe, but most notably by the ruins at Baalbek which some historians and theologians have theorised is actually one of the sites referred to in The Book Of Enoch. The piece was hand drawn digitally at a high resolution to emulate old engraving and etching techniques. After laying down base tones and modelling with stippling, further tone and highlights were added by repeatedly drawing in and scratching out hatched patterns over the piece.
The 12" gatefold vinyl version of "The Irreparable Gate" by Ash Borer will be released early 2017 by Profound Lore.