A lot of my recent work has been heavily influenced by what I've been learning and experiencing both practicing and receiving Polarity work. After giving me a session one class, my friend described getting a sense of me sitting calmly in the middle of a tumultuous lake which strongly resonated with a lot of what I had experienced in my meditations throughout the session. Almost immediately I had an idea of what I needed to do. I quickly drew out a general sketch of my idea, and then took the next few days adding the outlines and refining it a little. I honestly couldn't be happier with how it turned out, and I even have an idea now for another series, so keep your eyes peeled.
Most of the Thatcher Illusion illustrations I've done, at least so far, have been relatively small. For some reason I was inspired to do a larger piece and so over the course of a couple sound healing hours over Zoom with our friend Robin I drew up this little doozy. This was a lot of fun to work on and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Better late than never I suppose...a lot has changed since my last post in October but I've still been keeping busy with school and art both. One thing I've done recently is a series of "Thatcher Illusions". I got an optical illusion book from my grandparents years and years ago and it had some illustrations that were either by Rex Whistler, or strongly inspired by him. I've re-created a couple Rex Whistler illustrations over the years but this is my first shot at trying some more original designs. It's hard to say for sure, but I think I started this series around November or December or so.
A few weeks back my Dad forwarded me an email about an art contest that his company was having. The concept was basically just to come up with something showing how satellites help people. The only problem was that 'officially' there were only two age brackets and I just so happen to be about 'double' the 'maximum age'. I have a vague memory of my Dad finding this exchange from the Simpsons particularly amusing and when I heard contest for kids this is immediately where my brain went and I knew I had to send in an entry. So, without further ado, here is my entry for the contest:
My Dad made it pretty clear that my submission was just for fun so as not to ruffle any feathers, and I also sent along a black and white copy as well if they ever need coloring pages for a real take your kid to work day at some point in the future. All in all the whole process was a lot of fun and gave me quite a few chuckles along the way. And if someone at Viasat wants to send me a telescope well...I certainly wouldn't object :)
Apologies to any mandala fans out there...this one took a little while but I like to think that the wait was worth it! I had to push through at a couple artist blocks at various stages on this one but, now that it's done, am so happy with the way it turned out. I've actually tried to illustrate this same scene a time or two in the past, but just was never able to get the feeling I was going for. This time around though is definitely the closest I've been to really capturing the essence of one of the most personally meaningful dreams I've experienced. I first dreamt of the 'man on the bridge' when I was maybe 6 years old or so, and it was a dream that popped up very frequently throughout my childhood. Although the imagery of the dream itself was always the same, I always seem to glean new understanding from various aspects of it as I've thought back and meditated on it over the years. For me, at least right now, it's about understanding how we all, both knowingly and unknowingly, pick up and carry so much with us throughout our lives. I've learned that we all have a very different relationship with our respective 'packs' but, personally, I've been finding that making the effort to acknowledge and address some of the things in my pack has been making the load a hell of a lot lighter.
Fictitious Factoids is a concept that I formed gradually while attending my recent Functional Anatomy and Anatomy & Physiology classes for my Massage Therapy program. The classes have actually been great, and I've been learned a ton of legitimate information, but I just can't stop myself from thinking up all these goofy ideas at the same time. These comics have been a wonderful outlet for preventing burnout in class for me. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks for visiting my Ardt Blog. You may see a few colors pop up here and there as you scroll down through my work, but for the most part I tend to do mostly pen & ink and pencil illustrations. I'm always coming up with various projects for myself to work on so you'll see a fairly decent variety of subjects. Please reach out to me through the contact page if you're interested in purchasing a print of anything you happen to like or for any commission inquiries if there's something specific you'd like to see.