This sketchbook is a representation of my religious journey over the past 5 years. It shows how I was a devout believer of Jesus and Christianity and how that devolved once I started seeing how religions are a man made thing. Hence "This is not what it seems". I wanted this sketchbook to really say something of value and be meaningful to people at both ends of the religious spectrum. It was difficult to figure out how I wanted to express these ideas in a way that wasn't completely straight forward. I wanted it to remain somewhat ambiguous until the end. I used to be afraid of space because of how empty it is, and I still do to some degree but I mostly think it's beautiful and I knew I wanted to incorporate it in this book.
The spacesuit represents the bubble that religion tends to keep people in. The red cord is symbolic of an umbilical cord and how being connected to the church is thought to be a way to stay connected to God. The creature with many wings is a reimagining of the creature mentioned in the bible that is constantly saying "Holy, holy, holy." forever and ever because God is so amazing. I thought it was such a creepy thing to be in the bible and to believe is real, so I made it as a satellite, a man made thing.
This sketchbook really helped me work through my understanding of the world and forced me to research and really come to a conclusion on my own. I want to make people feel something when they see my art, and I want to have a message come through that makes people think and question themselves and the world around them.
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