[So hey! I’ve wanted to write about music in more detail for a while now, since Twitter isn’t really the greatest place for lengthy criticism pieces. Expect more stuff like this in the future on music new, old, bad, good, whatever.]
It’s pretty codified, in the annals of How Everyone Knows These Things Work, that second albums have a lot stacked against them. When a band’s first album is a critical success, the ideal follow-up elaborates on the ideas and aesthetic put forth by its predecessor, without veering too wildly into new territory. Sometimes, bands can pull this off (Daft Punk’s Discovery, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, Yeasayer’s Odd Blood), but just as often sophomore efforts get judged harshly due to unrealistic expectations. Which sucks! People change over time! Not all bands want to crank out the same shit over and over! Creativity is a journey, not a destination!
THAT BEING SAID: I’m not really into the new Glass Animals album.
Gift art for bestest friend D.E. Belton, who has a birthday today! These two are from his ornately detailed military-occupation fantasy world of Kashmir– check it out if you want just one slice of his beautiful worldbuilding skills.
The gold ink on this doesn’t show up amazing due to the scanner washing it out, but trust me, it looks dope IRL!
Kicking off with some real early sketches of Drakken and Vrrmn, back from when I was still nailing down the particulars of XW. Drakken’s horns would eventually get smaller, while Vrrmn would drop the weird, almost chibi-esque proportions and assume more of a normal human size.
Can you tell I like designing characters with real elongated head shapes, by the way? Because I do!
Just set this site up tonight (more accurately, my web-savvy husband set it up yesterday, I just switched all the colors around now). Expect this to take over from my Tumblr site as the best place to find posts about what i’m currently working on. I will try to post fairly regularly on here, especially with all the upcoming projects we’ve got in the works. Stay tuned!