While trolling the internet the other day, I came across a quote from the book of Job which read:
“I am a brother to dragons and a companion to owls”
Which is pretty epic…and immediately made me think about Twin Peaks.
Frankly, I’m sure you had the same response.
Anyway, shortly after I read that, I was at the Pacific Coast Brewing Company and I drew this, using only a 2” sceenshot brought up on my phone for reference.
and rather than leaving it at the restaurant when I left (which I would ordinarily do), I brought it home with me and used it to inform a cleaned-up version, which I’m pretty happy with:
How’s Annie?, Personal Illustration
I dropped the quote, because it felt like too much in the context of the design, and I know at least that the sentiment is embedded in the drawing. However I did a little more research on it, to ascertain the context in which the comment was made, and it turns out that in most English translations, that passage reads something along the lines of
“I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.”
WTF King James? Not even close!
Also, here’s a owl/serpent study that I did just before the final version of that piece:
On the subject of owls, here’s a couple of flyer designs I did for the band the Peculiar Pretzelmen (L.A.) from last year, one of which features an owl! And one of which doesn’t!
(This owl seems a lot less menacing that the ones Job and/or Bob seem to be acquainted with…)
These were meant to be correspondent with the band’s Destroy All Rational Thought tour, though I don’t think they ever got used in that capacity; the first was just intended to be a photocopy-able hand-flyer, whereas the second was intended to be an art print, and it may still be used as the basis for a small silk-screen print run.
Please note that the filament in the light bulb is pretzel-shaped. I was particularly fond of that detail.
In any case, here are the original versions of each:
(and this owl is even less menacing)
I can’t believe I drew thumbnails.
Thumbnails? What is this, an intro to design class?
Also, I thought that the “wrench in the works” visual joke was funny, but no one else seemed to, so I went with the lightbulb instead.
And it ended up alright, in the end.