Congo

Light Grey Art Lab's second book is called In Place, and it comes out this month, along with a show I am immensely proud to be a part of. It features beautiful, exotic places around the world.
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There's something really special about this project. A lot of the artists are concept artists in the entertainment industry, and naturally are really really good at illustrating grandeur. It's essentially what they do for a living. But the great thing about this, is while they have taken a place and made an image with their own visual voice, they didn't have to heighten the fantastic. The places really are that fantastic in real life. You can visit a lot of them and see that they are. These places are the places that inspire artists to dream up fantastic things in the first place.
Detail close up. You can also see a larger version by clicking on the full image above, or visiting the illustration gallery.

Detail close up. You can also see a larger version by clicking on the full image above, or visiting the illustration gallery.

This was very much a research project. I ended up waffling around before picking a place (I even made a piece that was half done of a completely different subject), but after deciding on the Congo, it was going to be that or nothing. I did a lot of research– which always offers perspective and makes the world greater and more horrifying at the same time.

The Congo is a perfect example of grand and horrifying. It's incredibly lush and beautiful, with hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species. The people of the Congo River Basin are treated brutally, and have been for a long, long time. There are tribes there, though, that live in the rainforest, just as they always have. When I was working on this, I wanted to think about the places that only they have seen, that might be santuaries from human atrocity.
If you'd like to read more about about the project, or order a copy of the book, there's more info on this Light Grey Art Lab blog post.
Detail close-up.

Detail close-up.