My entry into the Dark Art Society sketchbook project is titled What A Clown Sees. This was a fun print to work out.

The initial concept for this image must be four or five years behind me now. That initial concept had a lot more detail, large chunks of black area, and was set with the foreground character looking into a bathroom mirror while brushing his teeth. After a handful of variations I’ve finally landed somewhere pretty interesting, I think.

When I began working the image out for the sketchbook project I found myself slowly scrapping large swaths of detail and with it most of those large black areas. I came down to a somewhat minimalist maybe even abstract sort of direction.

Here are two color build videos.

Next I’ll make slight edits to a few of the blocks before editioning out some different versions.