Everyday 028 – Hierophant

For centuries, the hierophant carried out his duties as shepherd to the people and bearer of divine truths. Yet as the fabric between the mortal world and the realm of the gods became torn by industrial magicks of humankind, a rift developed within him. No longer bound to serve his cosmic overseers, the hierophant binged on impure implants, falling deeper into a fevered state of spiritual purgatory and cyborganic surreality.

drawing of a cyborganic hierophant trapped in a surreal hell

As I settle deeper into a regular drawing schedule again, I find the concepts for these images are developing as rapidly as the drawing techniques and visual approach to the content. In the past, I made art that dealt specifically with the lore of Abrahamic religions. Much of that was a way to vent my frustrations on the subject, though as I’m older and more mellow now, I find I’m more interested in borrowing elements from religion and fusing them with my own original fictions.

With yesterday’s Machinations and today’s Hierophant, a world is beginning to take shape in my mind. This world is a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic realm in which reality itself has come undone. It is retrofuturistic in the sense that there is no advanced technology, only forms of industrial machinery and technology from roughly the 1980s and before. It also pulls from Greek and Roman mythology as well as myths from contemporary religions.

These ideas and imagery have a tendency to fester in my subconscious mind, and the element of automatic drawing that is essential to my drawing process allows them to come out in a relatively unaltered state.  

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 028 – Hierophant is listed at $28.00.

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