Contemporary Illustration

The Striped Mare

Behind the scenes:

This brief required the illustration and design of Deon Bakkes And The Stolen Horses’ 2019 album; The Striped Mare. This band is rebellious in the jazz vibe they bring to the stage, and their energy will challenge you and make you dance. Their character, the striped mare, illustrates just such an attitude of being different but being strong.

>Myopia:

And when those feelings of not good enough arise again, even when you speak to yourself with sweet sugar words, even when you have learnt and fought for your worth, even when you know you are good enough… consider the idea that this feeling is not what you recognise it to be. Perhaps this time around, and for the times to come, this notion inside of you is the very evidence of your good enoughness. You are merely moving into a new level of your existence; kind of like graduating from highschool and entering college. Shits scary and new and self doubt is merely acknowledging that. Nothing more…if you do not make it anything more. 

You are not not good enough as a beginner in this next level, as you are simultaneously a completer of the previous. A conqueror, with all your conquerorness still inside of you. The lack you feel here is not the point. The point is that you have arrived here. The fact that you have been good enough is what got you here. So; it is a large step forward, you are not going backwards. 

This feeling stands with you; the conqueror and beginner, urging you to (now that you have been SO good enough to even get here) become even better. Because now you can. Your standards have been raised, your circles stand at 0 degrees, your game is going to up. Grant your eyes and mind and heart some time to adjust to this new playing field, and then play hard. Because, as discussed, you know how to be good enough.


Artwork: The Striped Mare, CD Cover, Digital Art and Design

Yggdrasil

Behind the scenes:

This brief required the illustration of a couple, just married. Along with this instruction I was given a theme to interpret; vikings, as this is a passion and previous life that the couple shares and ideally, they would have wanted their viking wedding. I was to combine what I personally took from the viking culture; which was the mythical tree Yggdrasil, also called the World Tree or Tree of Life because it contains all the worlds and represents the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth, and combine this spirituality with the couple and their wedding day.

>Myopia:

“But deep under the earth, where the corpse serpent gnaws at the roots of Yggdrasil, the tree of life, there are three spinners. Three women who make our fate. We might believe we make choices, but in truth our lives are in the spinners’ fingers. They make our lives, and destiny is everything. The Danes know that, and even the Christians know it, we Saxons say, fate is inexorable.”
Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman

Artwork:

Yggdrasil
297×420
Digital Illustration

Lilly Beach

Behind the scenes:

This brief required the illustration of a couple’s engagement. Along with this I was limited by certain themes; that of lilies and the beach, and I was given instruction to incorporate these in my depiction of the event. I was encouraged to in any way represent in the image that of the spiritual world and the physical world coming together in this union.

>Myopia:

Hashtag “Maybe I do believe it, all this ‘meant to be’ stuff. Why not believe it, really? Maybe it’s just up to us to make it happen. To show up and be meant for each other.”

Artwork:

Lilly Beach
297×420
Digital Illustration

Scarlotte Will

 

Behind the scenes:

This brief required the illustration of a local rock band; Scarlotte Will. Along with this instruction I was given a song to interpret after which I was to combine what I personally took from the song’s lyrics and overall feeling with the representation of the band members.

>Myopia:

Nothing stays…not the same, not with you, not even alive. There is great treasure to be found in this impermanence, the greatest being the peace that comes from accepting it. Winter has its own beauty.

Artwork:

Scarlotte_Will
297×420
Digital Illustration

Holotropic States

 

Behind the scenes:

Illustrated record sleeve
For this project of contemporary illustration the brief required both design and illustration of a record sleeve, front and back, for a self invented band.

I created the band: ‘The Holotropic States,’ inspired by Nahko Bear & Made in heights, two existing musicians. The music to this fabricated band, in a nutshell, discusses the processes of spiritual awakening and mimics the genre of witch house.

>Myopia:
‘Holotropic states( a large group of non-ordinary states of consciousness), whether induced or spontaneous, mobilize intrinsic healing forces within the organism. This composite word literally means ‘orientated towards wholeness’. The content of this is spiritual and mystical, and we may experience invasion of other dimensions. This is NOT psychoses or dileria, it is transpersonal phenomena- feelings of union with God.

Our everyday consciousness is fragmented, we only identify with a small fraction of who we really are. Let your dimension get invaded by another, and cause profound alterations.’

Artwork:
The Holotropic States Record sleeve
300 x 300
Traditional and Digital Illustration