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This is the cover for "Walking Away From The King" by Mike Penney.

Mike had a very strong idea for this image and went as far as giving me a diagram showing me what elements would be involved.
I'll be honest, it was quite a scary brief. I'd never done anything like this before and converting a diagram into an interesting and hopefully captivating image seemed very daunting. 

Alan Moore once said (and I'm paraphrasing because I'm too lazy to look up his actual words) "push the boundaries of your skills, always try to work outside of your comfort zone and in that way you will continue to grow as an artist." So with that in mind I got stuck in. 

The composition was a challenge. I thought about those old Chinese landscape paintings gu hu and the way they are almost in layers from top to bottom achieving great depth (though with unusual perspective). I decided to try something similar but rather than create a weird perspective I simpley changed the curvature of the earth so we can see much further. Using layers of content I built up the depth and of course I continued to use golden ratios to help with the balance of shape , color and contrast.

Something else also inspired me with this. I've been reading a lot about the effects of psychopathy on society. Basically this has made me realize that politics cannot solve anything and political ideologies are in fact the product of psychopathic thinking. With out the influence of the psychopath  on society (now or anytime in the past) people would actually be nice to each other and show responsibility and regard for the world around us. Psychopathic influence is behind all the division mistrust and paranoia thorough out all of human history.

But for or the first time in history we have been able to recognize that this kind of brain damage/faulty development (psychopathy) is actually the reason all civilizations fall and we may just be able to find a real solution. 

This painting helped me express my personal dream of humanity stepping out of the shadow of the psychopath.
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