For the past 3 weeks I’ve been working at The Art Department’s summer workshop. It was a fantastic experience that gave me a chance to get back in the academic mindset and meet a bunch of new artists and friends. It was a bittersweet moment when I had to leave but I’m thankful for the chance to interact with professionals and students alike.
This was our first assignment given by the wonderful Anita Kunz: create a conceptual portrait of a well-known public figure as if it were commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine.
I had fun working on this one. I’ve been reading/listening to quite a few books and interviews with Stephen King lately. I’m realizing that a lot of my personal work leans towards darker, more thematic tones and who better to learn from than the king of horror? But what he said in a recent interview was very telling and mirrored what I think a lot of us as artists think about from time to time. He admitted that he wasn’t sure if he would still have a loyal readership long after his passing. He referenced Tolkien and how his books are passed down generation to generation. But King isn’t as confident that his books will maintain that same sort of longevity.
I just found it interesting that even the proverbial “King” of horror can’t escape that gnawing feeling of self-doubt.
Anyway, hope you enjoy!