June 22, 2020
I was approached back in May to do banner artwork for dA's pride event (you can check out the journal here.) This piece was a challenge for a lot of reasons, emotional and compositional, but I think I like what I arrived at. I wanted to try to capture the joy i've experienced in connecting with others in the LGBT+ community, worldwide. To that end, I tried to select places I had at least some, small connection to, by way of the folks I've met over the years.
I hope you find something that looks familiar in it! : -)
To close, some songs that helped rear this to completion, and which make my heart full:
- Love is Love, Pt. 2 by Quantum Tangle. If you know me in any personal capacity I've probably rec'd it at some point, because it makes me really emotional. To be terribly honest-- probably the only manifestation of the phrase “love is love” that made me cry.
- Colors by June LaLonde, a beautiful little pride flag anthem. I love that she draws on natural imagery to describe the flags... And I dare you to find a song that rhymes “chromatic aberration” so artfully x-)
- Les Fleurs by Ivy Sole. I am very new to Ivy Sole's full discography, but Les Fleurs hits hard and cuts deep, in the best way. Very “bring me flowers when I am living” energy.
A final acknowledgement that I want to make, in the spirit of transparency and out of respect for my own feelings about monetizing this part of my identity... I was paid 500$ for this piece, which I intend to put away so that I can hire a diversity editor for my webcomic, Ghost River. Barring disaster, any remaining amount will be donated to an indigenous sovereignty effort (in the spirit of GR) and a LGBT+ nonprofit-- I haven't decided which organizations, yet, but I'm eyeballing the Black Visions Collective. Suggestions always welcome : -)