Everyday 025 – Witchhammer

Today is the start of a new direction for these everydays. I say “new,” though people who know me from art school or before might say this feels like more of a “normal” direction for me than what I’ve been doing over the past few months. Either way, this drawing marks an important shift for me, both within the scope of the everydays and more broadly for me as a creator. 

This drawing began as an effort to remake the cover to Witchhammer’s 1487 album, which is an obscure but outstanding ’80s speed / thrash metal recording. As you can see in the video below, the art for it never did the music any favors. 

I had planned to do an entire series of these, remaking the covers for some of my favorite albums from the era that had disappointing or downright awful cover art. Other possible subjects include Attacker’s Battle at Helm’s Deep, Vicious Rumors’ Soldiers of the Night, and Artillery’s Terror Squad, and that may still happen.

But as I was working on the Witchhammer, I decided it needed something else. Or more specifically, I needed something else in order to continue feeling excited about these everydays. So I turned to imagery that inspired and excited me when I was younger, including paintings from HR Giger and images of industrial machinery. I also spent my time working on this drawing listening to Witchhammer and other ‘80s underground metal. 

The combination of those things formed a healthy creative cocktail for me, and halfway through this drawing my vision for it came together. The free-flowing details and jagged linework depict a figure with chaotic impulses and a tormented spirit, a woman who is the product of a surrealist hellscape. 

One I had settled into a rhythm on this drawing, I knew I wanted to pursue this creative direction much more deeply, and the everydays to follow will absolutely carry on in the same spirit.

My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 025 – Witchhammer is listed at $25.00.

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