Personal photography / reference : July 2018
Small recreational piece inspired by re-reading Robert Graves’ whirlwind tour of Greek Myths. #sketch #study #procreate #hermes
Afternoon research stint with coffee and vintage Earth Mysteries...
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.
Thanks to Chris Bruni at Profound Lore Records for my copies of the new SubRosa album. Always nice to see (and hear!) the end product - cheers!
Some nice secondhand finds this last week...
It's March 17th so I thought I'd share this wonderfully evocative old postcard depicting Station Island - otherwise known as St.Patrick's Purgatory and rumoured to be the entrance to hell...
"Historically, the cave at St Patrick’s Purgatory was considered a turnstile to the Gates of Hell, where St Patrick is said to have witnessed the tortures of eternal damnation in the fifth century, and in 1148 Knight Owein is said to have been dragged into the Underworld by demons with iron hooks".
There's a nice article about this by the late Philip Coppens which can be found here:
St Patricks's Purgatory : oracle of the dead