Apologies to any mandala fans out there...this one took a little while but I like to think that the wait was worth it! I had to push through at a couple artist blocks at various stages on this one but, now that it's done, am so happy with the way it turned out. I've actually tried to illustrate this same scene a time or two in the past, but just was never able to get the feeling I was going for. This time around though is definitely the closest I've been to really capturing the essence of one of the most personally meaningful dreams I've experienced. I first dreamt of the 'man on the bridge' when I was maybe 6 years old or so, and it was a dream that popped up very frequently throughout my childhood. Although the imagery of the dream itself was always the same, I always seem to glean new understanding from various aspects of it as I've thought back and meditated on it over the years. For me, at least right now, it's about understanding how we all, both knowingly and unknowingly, pick up and carry so much with us throughout our lives. I've learned that we all have a very different relationship with our respective 'packs' but, personally, I've been finding that making the effort to acknowledge and address some of the things in my pack has been making the load a hell of a lot lighter.
Thanks for visiting my Ardt Blog. You may see a few colors pop up here and there as you scroll down through my work, but for the most part I tend to do mostly pen & ink and pencil illustrations. I'm always coming up with various projects for myself to work on so you'll see a fairly decent variety of subjects. Please reach out to me through the contact page if you're interested in purchasing a print of anything you happen to like or for any commission inquiries if there's something specific you'd like to see.