Monday, April 18, 2011


when i break down the categories of things that i draw, it's about half and half between silly squishy things and ambitious story-led illustrationy sketches. usually, the content of those ambitious drawings is the never-ending, intensely complex conceptual playground that is the grand story and personal cosmology in my head. anyone who knows me well enough knows a few things about this strange universe, but most well-known i'd say is the character of the River God, who appears frequently in much of my work. A serpentine, fishy creature with reeds and stones and sticks making up his visage, he's actually the most jovial and least aggressive of all the natural tutelary spirits, (as compared to others) often engaging in playful activities and recognizing the value and potential of human strength and integrity. Of all the gods, he takes the firm stance that the salvation of the natural world relies not only on the harmony of nature and man, but the the alliance and unity of the two.

the sketchy comic below shows an interlude between the river god and another re-occuring character, who for the moment will be known as his name outside the story, the merchant. never in my life have i delved this in-depth (while barely scratching the surface) with this universe in such a public and viewable manner, so i hope you enjoy it!

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