Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This semester I have been working on a bunch of cover art series as part of my portfolio. This piece was done for a poem called Manfred, music played by some symphonic orchestra I forget...


Manfred is a Faustian noble living in the Bernese Alps. Internally tortured by some mysterious guilt, which has to do with the death of his most beloved, Astarte, he uses his mastery of language and spell-casting to summon seven spirits, from whom he seeks forgetfulness. (Some speculate that the relationship between him and Astarte is incestuous, and/or that Manfred had murdered Astarte, but this is not made explicit in the play, though the implicit suggestions are quite strong). The spirits, who rule the various components of the corporeal world, are unable to control past events and thus cannot grant Manfred's plea. For some time, fate prevents him from escaping his guilt through suicide. At the end, Manfred dies defying religious temptations of redemption from sin. Throughout the play, he succeeds in challenging all authoritative powers he comes across, and chooses death over submitting to spirits of higher powers. Manfred directs his final words to the Abbot, remarking, "Old man! 't is not so difficult to die."

Friday, November 16, 2007

a sick John Solis

For the past few weeks I've been feeling "under the weather." Thanks to global warming I'm behind my school work (illustration portfolio...don't really care about psychoanalysis hwk).

a weak terrorist-like self portrait
pen on sketchbook

Thursday, November 1, 2007