This past October, I elected to participate in Jake Parker's Inktober, in which he challenged artists to draw something in ink every day of the month, based on a given one-word prompt. These are a few of my pieces from that project.
The prompt for the Eden piece was "Lost." I brainstormed for a while—lost keys, lost loves, lost in an unfamiliar land—and settled on Eden, the paradise that mankind had lost in Genesis. I was taking a class on Roman art and architecture at the time, and based the architectural components of the piece on the Arch of Trajan at Benevento, Italy. The square reliefs to either side of the word "Eden" hold curled-up acanthus leaves, and the same plant wraps around the pillars.
I decided to frame the scene of Eden with the arch to reflect the fact that paradise is still lost. The landscape doesn't extend past the boundaries of the frame, giving the impression that it is only reachable through this singular portal.
The prompt for the second piece was "Noisy." I decided to interpret this as meaning "musical," and settled on an illustration of a cassette. Though rather old school by today's standards, cassettes have a much better visual aesthetic than CDs or anything produced in the age of digital music.
I wanted to show two very different parts of music coexisting together, and did this by contrasting the cassette and its case. The case is a recording of a classical piece, while the cassette has the handwritten title "Best of Queen." One is professionally produced and the other is not, and their musical genres are as far apart as they could be, but they both coexist in the same medium.
The third piece, with the prompt "Fast," is an illustration of a 1960s Jaguar Mark 2. Cars from this period have a very high-class and sleek appearance that I mimicked using strong highlights. To emphasize the idea of speed in a stationary vehicle, I chose an unusual perspective that stretches the body of the car and almost gives the impression that it is shooting towards the viewer.