From Joseph: I’ve begun a series I call Fancy Bats. This one is the first in the series. It’s pen and ink on Bristol board.
I focus on bats because, well, bats are awesome. They’re such fascinating marvels of evolution, and they don’t get enough love in mainstream U.S. culture. Whether it’s the puppy-dog cuteness of large fruit bats or the otherworldly intricacy on the faces of echolocating microbats, I’m always drawn to the magnificent aesthetics of these creatures.
As for the style, it’s largely based on my idle doodling. When I’m bored and not focusing on any particular image or idea, I draw repeating patterns of curves and points, so this is an extension of my instinctual habits. Also, I’ve been intrigued with the stylized depictions of animals in ancient Mesopotamian and Persian sculpture, from bulls and lions to fantastic beasts like lamassus and manticores. It’s been a source of inspiration for years.
This is just the beginning, and I don’t know exactly which direction this series will go. I just know that this ties together several ideas that mean a lot to me, and I hope you all enjoy the results.
I’m with Joseph, I love bats and find them fascinating. Our local bats are Myotis lucifugus, and I love watching them. I also love Joseph’s beautiful drawing, be sure to click for full size!