Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aries - Pencil Drawing




I'm a huge proponent of Astrology, and I'm not referring to the type of astrology you find in horoscopes you read in fashion magazines. Some of my friends tell me I should call myself an astrologer already. But I feel I'm far from deserving of that claim, at least for the moment.

I've been wanting to do a series of astrology-themed illustrations for a while. Hopefully I can keep the winds of inspiration on my sails strong enough so that I go all the way through with this motif.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Aries - First sign of the Western Zodiac - Cartoon Version




Happy astrological new year! I'm actually almost a day late, as the sun's 1st degree of our symbolic astrological year occurred at approximately 6:45 PM last night, at least on my side of the world. But most popular sources mark Aries, first sign of the Western zodiac, as commencing on the 21st, and we still have another 29° to go, so I'm still on schedule, methinks. I have been working on several illustration and design projects simultaneously, including one that will probably take me another year to complete. So this new series of astrological signs, in this cartoon fashion, is a nice respite for right now. In the background are Taurus and Gemini.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Yegur's journey, Ink drawing





Krytios Soto
Yegur's journey
Pen and paper
8 x 10 inches
November 2014

The noble beast, Ink drawing




Krytios Soto
The noble beast
Pen and paper
8 x 10 inches
October 2014

Visitor from Virandu, Ink drawing





Krytios Soto
Visitor from Virandu
Pen and paper
8 x 10 inches
November 2014

You'll find him at the boundary line, Ink drawing





Krytios Soto
You'll find him at the boundary line
Pen and paper
5 x 7 inches
October 2014

Madre de la Noche, Ink Drawing





Krytios Soto
Madre de la Noche
Pen and paper
8 x 10 inches
October 2014

Just call me old Grandma Changes, Pencil drawing



Krytios Soto
Just call me Old Grandma Changes
Pencil on paper
8 x 10 inches
October 2013

I needed a break from my cartoon-styled illustrations. I've been working on a children's storybook for over a year and a half now (a totally independent project, so there's no rush) for which I've made about 40 sketches that have been further developed into about 24 full color illustrations. I may not use all 40 but either way, it's the biggest project I've ever done. So I really, really needed a break not just from the book itself, but from the large-headed simple cartoon figures. Obviously something like "Old Grandma Changes still retains some of that. It's made by the same person and my style always stays within the realm of illustration. I'm quite aware of that. But she still felt like a departure when I made her. 

I drew her back in October of 2013. The first thing that comes to mind when I try to look at her from an outsider's perspective, is that she reminds me of Bjork and her Biophilia project. I won't deny that Bjork is probably my favorite musician. I've even drawn Bjork before. But masked figures with gigantic hair and macrocosmic elements have been a recurring motif of mine since 2004, seven years before Biophilia. There is a belief among some that the Jungian collective unconscious can be seen in the works of creative people, famous or unknown. It happens all the time.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sorpho the Atlantian


I went back to my fantastical treatment of Plato's account of Atlantis. I had made this particular character and similar ones before in pencil and now he's on canvas. Personally, I'm a big Atlantis aficionado. And there have been recent trends in archaeology that are suggesting it was a very real place. These findings point to Thera and Crete, home of the mysterious Minoan culture. 

There's a really interesting documentary on the subject hosted by historian Bettany Hughes. You can catch it here on Youtube. Her shows are hard to find here in the U.S. They're quite informative. 
And she's so cultured and knowledgable.






For Sorpho

Acrylic on Canvas

March 2014