All NSFW content is hidden. Click here if you want to unhide it."Why create a work of art... when dreaming about it is so much sweeter?"
- Pier Paolo Pasolini "Il Decameron"
I must thank Comoedus for noticing something in one of my works that I haven't seen myself, that the background in that work looked as if the character was detached from reality. My real reason was that I wanted to do something artistic or abstract with the background instead of getting out of my skin to draw a realistic one, neither did I want a flat one so I did something abstract, but it wasn't just an artistic design around the character but was an actual surrounding that looked kinda like another dimension of sorts.
So when I realized what I actually did there, a whole new world suddenly opened in front of me. Instead of torturing myself to draw realistic backgrounds, I could actually put my characters inside their own dreams or altered states! Not only it fits contortion and other strange things I like to draw, but it means I'm free to do practically anything at all. Such a whole new playground!
I wanted to celebrate it with another illustration I just finished, which made no sense to me at the time of drawing but now it just makes perfect sense. It actually surprises me so much that being a big fan of Castaneda I never thought about drawing characters dreaming or dwelling in altered states of mind, until I saw Comoedus' comment!
So I'm really happy with this, dream-worlds are great, and even more so for contortion and just about everything else I love to draw. The only open question for me is what to do with stories for such pictures, since it's meant to be a dream or an altered state of mind, how exactly to write a story about it? Hmm. But I guess I'll figure it out eventually... Maybe stories also could be a bit insane or something, that'd be interesting XD
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this work! And I'll go right back to dreaming XD