i haven't been posting regularly for obvious reasons. first and foremost i'd like to say thanks to all the folks that left comments about my grandmother and her passing. such kindness from strangers is truly unexpected and appreciated. so, thanks again... the last thing i'd like to say on the subject is that though i grieve for anne, and have every day since her death, i've also been trying to look at her death as right of passage and a reason to celebrate the person that she was. i feel there is too much emphasis placed on the sadness/finality of death in our culture, and not enough placed on the importance of death as an inherently necessary and beautifully mysterious part of being alive. by saying this i don't mean to belittle the pain most of us have felt as the result of the death of a loved one, or discount the needless deaths of thousands in the war torn zones around the world, i only wish to impart that death is not always the horrid beast that we seem to regard it as. hardly revelatory statements i know, but i felt i had to put it down - for myself as much as for anybody else.
anyway, below are 3 drawings of my own, as well as a collage of all the characters drawn by juan montoya, all of which will be used in the layout for the new TORCHE album "Meanderthal". these drawings really won't give you any indication of what the final package will look like, but are presented here as raw stand alone images for your viewing displeasure. juan's drawings have inspired me greatly, and i only hope i can do them justice by creating the proper landscapes for these creatures to inhabit. i'll post some more images from this project as they become finalized.
in the meantime here are some of the aural, visual, and literary companions that have kept me distracted, inspired, and informed as of late: dave eggers "what is the what", eugene robinson "fight", clouds "we are above you", "arkham asylum" grant morrison and dave mckean, xasthur "a gate through bloodstained mirrors", death "sound of perseverance", profundi "the omega rising", phonophani "oak or rock", "bioshock" for xbox 360.....