Updated: Jan 21
Ever wonder how I get my ideas? Be prepared for earth shattering revelations. ... Okay, just kidding. But, read on anyway, as I dive into what makes this artist's clock go round.
I find inspiration in similar ways to everybody else (engaging with other's work, studying nature, etc.), but let me share three here that are very specific to me.
1. Deep, hot baths: Yep, you heard that right. I disconnect from everything else and allow my body to relax and my brain to play. I just need to remember to take notes!
2. Christian Russian Music: I don't know what it is this, but it works. I turn on Simon Khorolskiy and everything else fades away. I pick up my stylus and lose myself in my work.
3. Reference Search: I'll jump onto my favorite reference photo sites and start collecting photos. As I look, my search becomes more focused. And in a short time I have a few photos just screaming for me to bring them over into photoshop and start playing.
Polar Bear Sun was born out of #3 above. I knew I wanted to do a large mammal, one of the big cats or bears. I started looking at lions, then moved over to grizzly bears. Then I stumbled across the image of a polar bear.
Polar Bears capture out imaginations, don't they? I'm thinking about The Golden Compass, here. They're magnificent whether they are anthropomorphized (yes, that's a word, I looked it up), or just part of a rugged, icy landscape. They're formidable creatures, able to survive in impossible conditions. And yet, they look so warm and approachable.
Massive. Powerful. Cuddly? Paradoxical.
This piece was created as a nod towards the power of our imaginations and the majesty of polar bears. Enjoy!
Polar Bear Sun
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