Everyday 037 – Soul Collector

Millions wandered through the post-reality in a simple flesh form following the industrial collapse. Those with cyborganic implants were able to prey on these fully human creatures with little resistance. One such hunter took great delight in his victimization of flesh, sucking the souls from mortal bodies to reap increasingly complex and powerful artifacts from the new world of machinery.

ink drawing of a chinese soul collector cyber mage with machinery and old man's head

My creative process is rooted in the surrealist practice of automatic drawing, or in my case, semi-automatic drawing. This means that I don’t do any sketches or planning before I begin a piece, and in some cases, I don’t even have a figure or idea in mind when my pencil starts moving on the page. I’ve embraced this creative approach because it allows me to tap into my subconscious mind and pull out imagery that I wouldn’t come up with by applying serious forethought and consideration to my content. 

Stirring in the back of my mind is a collection of images and ideas from movies, comic books, religion, music, obscene videos, and decades’ worth of personal experiences, and the semi-automatic drawing process allows the combination of those images to make it to the page in a relatively unrestricted form. Sometimes I look at the finished piece and struggle to identify the specific influences in it, other times it’s a little clearer. 

lo pan ancient chinese sorceror from big trouble in little china

In the case of Soul Collector, I think one influence has come through pretty clearly. Big Trouble in Little China was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and Lo Pan was both terrifying and incredibly exciting to me at that point in my life. Soul Collector seems to be my unconscious mind’s cyborganic version of Lo Pan, combining the character from the movie with a comic book art style, images of industrial machinery, and a host of other elements from the stew simmering in the back of my mind.

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 037 – Soul Collector is listed at $37.00.

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