Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Bonelands: All The Images From The Series


The Tower

The River King

The Mask

The Last Tree We Saw

The Island

The Gates Of Horn

The Gate Of Dreams

The Elders

The Canyon


Natural Bridges

The Kicker


Dirty Windows


Right now I'm in the process of finishing off the final project for my art marketing class. It's a request for a grant to print, mount, and show my Bonelands series. Part of this involves putting together a CD with jpegs of all the images from the series. Most of these have shown up on this site before but this is the first time the whole shebang has been visible in one place at one time.

Now imagine a gallery with these images printed 3' x 4' on canvas. That's what I'm hoping to be able to do...

Dear Mr./Ms. X,

I am writing to introduce you to my artwork with hopes that you can assist me in getting a grant. The work in this package represents a finished series of digital prints entitled The Bonelands. I would like to be able to display these images in a gallery show. In order to do this, I need funds to print, mount, store, and ship these works. In addition, if there is no specific gallery space available I would need funds to promote this work by printing and mailing out packages like the one you now hold.

If you’re interested in seeing more of my work, I’d be happy to send you further samples or arrange to show you prints at your convenience.

Thank you for your attention,


Sean Craven

Grants. Hmm.



Traumador said...

Love the series.

How did you capture the bones in the first place? Obviously some heavy digital work on them after capturing them, but did they start "life" as photos or paintings?

Very cool in anycase, and I LOVE that Velociraptor one!

Allison Landa said...

Ahhh, I recognize The Kicker! Well done.

Zach said...

Gate of Dreams FTW!

Sean Craven said...

Hey, all!

Traumador -- since you expressed interest, I'm going to put up a post linking to previous posts that go into the process in detail. But the bones were either scanned or photographed -- figuring out how to make the shadows work together was the trickiest part of the process.

Hey, Allison -- these were done partially as inspiration for the novel. Late in The Ghost Rockers you'll find that a lot of these images show up as landscape descriptions -- and there's a fight with the Kicker.

And Zach, The Gate Of Dreams is my favorite as well. Figures that a Lovecraft reader would find that one appealing.

-W said...

Hey Sean, just had time to sit down and really look at these. Like Allison I'm familiar with The Kicker but was really impressed with the diversity of the whole set. My favorites are The Mask and The Last Tree We Saw (really enjoyed the colors in that one), but they're all chilling and gorgeous. Good luck with the grant!

Glendon Mellow said...

This whole series is just tremendous. A real accomplishment. You've taken a simple set of studies and pushed them into a new realm, a catalogue of strange sights. Blossom and Ozymandias are my favourites, I think.

I love the rebirth evident in Blossom, and the slightly sinister aspect of plucking that flower.

And Ozymandias is. Looking. At. Me.

Sean Craven said...

Glendon, thank you so much for this. It really means a lot.

's funny -- when our conversation started I'd never have imagined my work in a gallery setting. As I recall, my pissy-assed remarks revealed some resentment about this...

Now that I'm starting to regard myself as a 'real' artist, the art world looks less like a pile of shit and more like a pile of shit with some holes in it where a rat can curl up and keep warm. Nothing like the familiar discovery that horrible institutions are usually composed of decent people, some of whom want to help you.

Have to say, I was a bit irritated when The Watchmen came out because of the possible confusion regarding Ozymandias I was referring to.

(Incidentally, what Alexander the Great-influenced superhero would take on the name of an ironic loser from a romantic poem? Seems as if he intended to fail from the start.)

And I'm going to be taking photography and 3-D graphics this fall. At some point I'm going to do a series springing from Blossom. It's gotten a lot of positive reaction from people so I'm going to try and push it a bit.

Glendon Mellow said...

That's a great one to push.

I don't know how you feel about this type of thing, but the whole series would be a tremendous calendar. I liked how my RedBubble one turned out, if you need a recommendation.

Again, great stuff. You're a lucky guy to be able to wear the writing and artist hats at the same time. Once upon a time I did too, but I've given one up.

Great stuff, again.

Sean Craven said...

Hey, that's a great idea. Yeah. I'm gonna make a calender out of this.

You know what's funny? I gave up on being an artist maybe four years ago -- and I found out that I needed to do the art in order to do the writing.

Go figure.