So, let's face it, the bible can be boring. For every action-packed pillar of fire and brimstone episode, there's a couple hundred pages of what fabrics not to wear and whose dad was whose. Luckily for us, most of the cool stuff in the bible can be summed up in the works of Christian painter, John Martin. Martin lived during early 1800s, and was actively involved in the romanticism art movement, for all you Art 101 kids searching google images the night before your paper is due. It's okay, I won't tell anyone. Anyway, Martin's work is amazing in the depth and breadth of his landscapes, which are all pretty much apocalyptic. There are no sugary sweet fat Jesus babies being cradled by doe-eyed virgins in these works. Each piece shows the fiery wrath of God in full color, from mountains crashing down, exploding volcanoes, storms, floods, falling angels, you name it. And they are breath-taking. The thunderous crag-like clouds are ominous and foreboding, and you can really get the atmosphere he was going for. When they were made, the paintings were immensely popular, however, at the peak of his popularity, Martin gave up painting to pursue some other wacky enlightened endeavors, like redesigning the London sewage and water systems, railroads, and light houses. He was also considered sort of an odd-ball-- preferring to hiss during the national anthem, for instance. Though his paintings themselves are amazing, his body of work has continued as a major influence to numerous artists today, notably George Lucas, H.P. Lovecraft, and Derek Riggs, that guy that paints the covers for Iron Maiden.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
The kickstarter for JOB is up and running and ready for donations. JOB has recently been added as a recommended project, so please get out there and start donating to get this project underway.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I regularly feature different artists on this blog, but since one of my personal projects is really getting under way, I'd like to invite you to check out some of my own work, namely my comic book, "JOB". JOB chronicles the life of seventeen year old Job Freewell, a homeless girl in southern Louisiana who is the subject of a wager between God and the Devil. The devil has one year to corrupt her by any means necessary. Once Job finds out about this endeavor, however, she sets out to get back at heaven for destroying her life, and this time, God had better be looking over his shoulder.
For more information, check out the official JOB blog: