Illumination Comes In On the Breeze

size: 6 x 4 inches (approx.) / 150 x 100 mm
medium: cut washi and chiyogami paper on wood
private collection / commission

Let's pause, just for a brief moment, to breathe in how beautiful the background blue paper is. It's not possible for me to give the washi paper-makers of Japan enough credit for their amazing work. Before my knife even came close to this, it was a piece of art.

There are times when inspiration comes from a thousand different sources, blended together into a purée of ideas, then strained down to a… hm. I was planning on using a food analogy to explain the immensely complex filtering and evolution of a universe down into a singular concept, but nothing apt comes to mind. Perhaps you can help me out?

Other times, a single conversation can kick off a train of thoughts that lead inexorably to a destination. Such was the case here. Illumination Comes In On the Breeze was created as a commission where everything I needed to jump into sketching was included in a single email. The only concrete detail was the love of dark blue. Everything else was subtext.

Subtext and somewhat gelatinous owlishness.

Work-in-Progress: early sketches

Work-in-Progress: early sketches

Work-in-Progress: composition sketches

Work-in-Progress: composition sketches

Work-in-Progress: final drawing

Work-in-Progress: final drawing