I guess I spoke too soon on my last update. I won't be able to get to Lamashtu just yet, as I have been asked by the band Whitechapel to do their next album cover and layout. This will be a pretty major project for me as it is not just one cover, but multiple interior pieces as well so I have to make it my priority. Their concept is very grisly and epic, so I can't wait to start on it!
In other news, I can't show it quite yet but I recently finished up the cover to Six Feet Under's next album and am really looking forward to showing that one as soon as they officially announce it. I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for Chris Barnes and the other guys at Six Feet Under, so I am honored to have worked with them.
Next update will have some art in it, I promise!
The next painting I will be working on will be another Babylonian demon, this time a female...the demoness Lamashtu, great rival of Pazuzu. Lamashtu is described as being a mixture of lioness and donkey features, riding or kneeling upon a donkey, suckling a pig and a dog on each breast respectively, and holding twin-headed snakes in each hand. She is known as the demon of miscarriage and would steal babies from their mother's wombs in the night and then eat them.
Personally, I find that one of the biggest goldmines of visual imagery ever and I can't wait to start working on it.
In other news, I do have a major album cover announcement coming soon for a rather notorious death metal band. I'm really excited to announce it, but naturally I have to wait until the band does so first.
Keep checking back for the full details on both!
Here's an interview I did for AOL's metal blog, Noisecreep. In it, I basically just talk a little bit about my work for Bloodbath and Behold! The Monolith. I wish I could update on some of the cool projects coming down the pike, but some ink needs to dry first. At least one of the projects is one of those "dream come true" projects for me, so keep your eyes peeled for updates about that.
Also, be sure to surf around over there after you are done reading the interview!
"Pazuzu, Lord of Fevers and Plagues, Dark Angel of the Four Winds with rotting genitals from which he howls through sharpened teeth over stricken cities…."
- William S. Burroughs, Cities of the Red Night
At last, Humwawa's brother is finished.
With Humwawa, I just sort of went wild and did my own thing, but since there are already a lot of ancient relics of Pazuzu in existance, I decided to base my painting strongly on how those look.
I felt it was important to keep the hand positioning the same, as it is a constant theme with all Pazuzu relics and means life and death...creation and destruction.
Hope you enjoy!