This is one of my most favorite pieces. I feel like I achieved levels of beauty and whimsy and dynamism here that are not easily matched. The creation of this piece set the needle for my future achievements off richter. It is one of my “go to” pieces when people ask to see my work because it is striking at first glance and reveals increasing levels of richness the more you explore. To me, this scaling engagement is key in creating high quality artworks.
My intention in laying out this detailed “behind-the scenes” is to provide you with insight into the vulnerable creation process and inspire you to pursue your dreams and push your self beyond the goals that you set, ever upward. I am very proud of each and every one of my works and it is my belief that a work can not be called complete until it satisfies all of the artist’s expectations. Care for and pride in your craft should be of paramount importance with each and every manifestation. The Spirit of Creation is all we really have once everything else is stripped away and so the level of investment we place in our work should reflect the love that we have for Creativity itself and dare I say, for God.
Patrick Bernard's Divine Grace Divine Album Cover
“In 1974 Patrick came in contact with his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who initiated him in Mantra-Yoga or chanting of the Holy Sound Vibrations. In 1986, receiving Gayatri Mantra in Nabawip, India, from the great saint Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Deva Goswami Maharaja, Patrick was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnavas School of bhakti-yoga propagated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the 15th Century master of devotional ecstasy. Since then, he has been a full-time producer/composer of devotional music, inspiring all listeners with his sweet & profound music of divine love.” –http://patrickbernard.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=124
You can listen and purchase the Album here
In addition to the Hindu and Vedic inspiration I was tasked to infuse the image with Fairie Magic, “Flower Power” and Platonic Philosophy.
Start to Finish
As always, I worked in large format so that the image could be printed at various sizes upon completion. Below you will find several detail images demonstrating the patience and love that I devoted to each and every element. You may notice the inclusion of 3D assets here and there as I utilize both Groboto and ZBrush frequently. But the overall technique is meant to remain a mystery (even to me) because there is no way to document each stroke and subtle emotion nudging my pen this way or the other. I absolutely strive to inspire you in the highest way:)
The Album in Print
So after all that we come to the intended function of the image, the CD Sleeve. Upon completion of Divine Grace I was acquainted with Catherine Maroussis. For 11 years Catherine was the Design Director for Retail and Licensing with Cirque Du Soleil. I must say, this was quite an honor indeed. After our introduction I provided her with the full resolution image and she designed the layout for the Album sleeve. I was highly impressed by the results as she employed principles and techniques that I would not have thought of. Let me know what you think in the comments below:)
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