Here is another version of my previously posted St. Michael concept. I try to produce more than one version of every idea, because I find that each new version is better than the last. Indeed, there will probably be more versions of this concept in the weeks to come….
With this second drawing, I like the idea of fire coming forth where the two contestants are touching. And I like the ambiguity of the flame — is it Satan or St. Michael who produces fire?
I have continued to examine my overarching concept. Here are some additional thoughts I have added to my About page:
To the extent that comic book art has influenced my style, I have something in common with Pop artists. However, I don’t pay much attention to popular culture, the major source of inspiration for Pop Art. Instead, I look inwards for inspiration — to a realm of dreams that is informed by childhood fantasies but has also grown beyond it. The artists who have most in common with my approach are Symbolists, those great dream-astronauts and art-shamans….
I use the humanoid figure to convey my ideas. I am, however, curiously disinterested in depicting specific environments for these figures. My subjects seem to float in or against a blank or ambiguous ground. Likewise, they rarely wear garments that would connect them to a specific time or place. There is something eternal and transpersonal in their non-specificity. They can resonate with any viewer anywhere. My pieces will connect with a viewer’s private dreams, because private dreams are also universal.