Recently I've been overwhelmingly infatuated with a concept that is taking the shape of a graphic novel entitled "FEELS." Without giving too much away FEELS is the story of a mysterious illness that takes the form of a green slime that drips out of your eye. The FEELS are not contagious. People infected experience their own unique symptoms and cope in a varying degrees. FEELS follows one woman on her journey for a cure because the FEELS are not a death sentence that is unless you let them be.
I am so excited to finally put words into these people's mouths. Ever since I first started drawing them I've felt that they were bigger then my hands could keep up with. They had their own movement, their own language, their own universe. This book is the most ambitious project i've undertaken next to animation work but I am really enjoying everything I am learning in the process. With every new medium you are pushed to uncomfortable places that eventually hit sweet spots of discovery. I live for those sweet spots so I am embracing this change of pace.
A few days ago I had a show of new paintings inspired by FEELS at a restaurant called Warehouse 518. It was wonderful to see these new paintings hung up on such huge beautiful walls. The show even had a signature drink inspired by the art "London Feels." So tasty! Thanks to the lovely Aneesa for modeling.
Working with paint was frustrating at first, I like the immediacy a marker provides. I don't have to pause for doubts with a marker. With paint it is a different process and the images visually had a different more simplistic flow. I am glad I went for it, I used to love to paint with oils getting lost in shades and textures. The smell of the paint still makes me smile. I didn't use oil for these new pieces but getting used to holding a paintbrush has me fumbling with a marker. Honestly I'm not interested in finding a balance of mediums. I am just happy to have so many different mediums to use to express this vision.