illustration is art





Proximity Alert


I did this based on a dream I had the other night, after I saw this .

I have seen many big planes in surreal proximity to the ground, and it always has a powerfully visceral affect on me. I also always have strong emotional reactions when I see film clips of these horrendous tragedies where it is obvious the pilots are trying everything they can to minimise collateral damage in those last, split seconds that they must know they probably won’t survive themselves. Neither of those TransAsia pilots survived, and most of the passengers didn’t, either, but some did, and, had they not done such an incredible job of not hitting any buildings, and even only clipping the taxi on the bridge, many more people could have died.

The plane in my dream was a Hercules, not a turboprop ATR 72-600, and the one in my dream was actually incidental to the main dream, but obviously my subconcious self was strongly affected by that video clip. The one in my dream simply banked incredibly low over the main event and was gone.



This is nowhere near as tight as I like my paintings of real people to be, but I couldn’t find a decent reference of her (Amanda Jenssen) singing, so used a screenshot of her singing ‘Illusionist’, which was very low on detail, but perfect for feeling, so I went with it. I quite like it.

Blink of an Eye


My latest girl singer crush. This song makes my throat ache. It’s so perfect to listen to when working on the newly developing Miho/Alice relationship. The studio/album version is my fave because you get to hear the gorgeous growl in her voice that doesn’t seem to register in any of the, still, beautiful, live versions. The only thing better than a powerful female singer is a powerful, growling female singer… Grace Slick, for instance… jeez, that girl could sing! Anyway, you can probably expect an Amanda Jenssen homage painting from me sometime soon. Also, anyhow, Miho and the Immortals is coming on nicely. I introduced Miho to the mix because Creaturina and Alice are just too, damned powerful/indestructible to have a decent story/character arch/development… Miho is delicious and totally helpless/vulnerable/gorgeous, she will soften our lethal Alice, and provide a weakness/achilles heal for the indomitable Alice/Creatuie combo. Still, if I was a bad thing, I’d seriously think twice before thinking she was an easy mark… wouldn’t you? If Alice loved you, would you feel vulnerable? I wouldn’t (:

Since posting this, and in my search for images of the gorgeous, hugely talented Amanda, I came across this. I am an inveterate Leonard fan, and particularly adore hallelujah, and knew, instantly, that Amanda could pull this off… and she does, easily. Actually, I think she could do it better (more power), but who am i to say?, just a besotted fan.


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