Contemporary Illustration

The Work of the Shadow

Behind the scenes:

This component forms part of a series of six artist books, in which I apply the practice of illustration as a tool to attain a deeper understanding of self. The self-created brief asks for the practical execution of research including Jungian Psychology, Transpersonal psychology, theory of self, theory of the nature of the real world, sense-consciousness theory and exploration of the depth dimension/spiritual world.

>Myopia:

Getting so close that was able to see the critters crawling in the creeper. So close I could see the details in the parts of myself which are alien, strange and obscure. Quite frankly, dark. It has been the most challenging part of my process. And yet, at that moment, I just exhale. I accept the light touching my face, knowing I also cast a shadow. 

The creeper will grow again, and the gardener will learn through each experience.

The results of shadow work cannot be taught; they must be earned.

The Process of Learning

Behind the scenes:

This component forms part of a series of six artist books, in which I apply the practice of illustration as a tool to attain a deeper understanding of self. The self-created brief asks for the practical execution of research including Jungian Psychology, Transpersonal psychology, theory of self, theory of the nature of the real world, sense-consciousness theory and exploration of the depth dimension/spiritual world.

>Myopia:

“We behold at any specific moment not that which is, but that which we are.” Evelyn Underhill

The Art of Dying

Behind the scenes:

This component forms part of a series of six artist books, in which I apply the practice of illustration as a tool to attain a deeper understanding of self. The self-created brief asks for the practical execution of research and theory including Jungian Psychology, Transpersonal psychology, theory of self, theory of the nature of the real world, sense-consciousness theory and exploration of the depth dimension/spiritual world.

>Myopia:

We can see things which are there and not there, as we can – by utilising spiritual consciousness – see the images presented by the real world as well as their analogue existence in the spiritual world.

Circle Of Self

Behind the scenes:

For this project, I practised active imagination as applied by Jung in his theory of individuation in order to attain, from my unconscious mind, a symbol that would aid me becoming a more, fully realised self. I combined this practice with that of illustration, in an attempt to apply and gain the beneficial characteristics of the transcendent function.

>Myopia:

There exists two selves within. The small self and the larger self. The small self does not include the larger self. The larger self includes the small self. Search for your larger self.

Rhombus of Integration

Behind the scenes:

For this project, I practised active imagination as applied by Jung in his theory of individuation in order to attain, from my unconscious mind, a symbol that would aid me becoming a more, fully realised self. I combined this practice with that of illustration, in an attempt to apply and gain the beneficial characteristics of the transcendent function.

>Myopia:

Take the time to integrate that which you project unto the world around you with your conscious mind.

Square of Balance

Behind the scenes:

For this project, I practised active imagination as applied by Jung in his theory of individuation in order to attain, from my unconscious mind, a symbol that would aid me becoming a more, fully realised self. I combined this practice with that of illustration, in an attempt to apply and gain the beneficial characteristics of the transcendent function.

>Myopia:

The complex will be the mind until the self realises otherwise.

Triangle of Building

Behind the scenes:

For this project, I practised active imagination as applied by Jung in his theory of individuation in order to attain, from my unconscious mind, a symbol that would aid me becoming a more, fully realised self. I combined this practice with that of illustration, in an attempt to apply and gain the beneficial characteristics of the transcendent function.

>Myopia:

Those who seek to understand their inner worlds must turn to the observation and interpretation of their outer worlds.


Artwork: An ode to my heterotopias, 420 X 594, Digital Art

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