O snap, it 2023!

Things have been a lil manic for the last few months, and I’ve really fallen off not just posting, but creating as well.

Honestly, all this BS surrounding AI scraping and generation took the wind out of my sails for a while. I didn’t enjoy painting as much when most people were going to just assume it was created artificially. I’ve never really produced anything with the intention to build a following or anything like that, it’s always just been for the fun for processing out my own thoughts and for relaxing, but it nonetheless bummed out me out that my little corner of joy could be stamped on so easily by people aggressively trying to monetise the latest exploitative flash in the pan.

The good news is, I’ve finally reached a fresh state of equilibrium with a new apartment, and a new job which is fulfilling a lot of my creative needs. I don’t have anything to share just yet, but there’s going to be some very exciting things popping up in the near future!

Maybe I’ll even find more time to get back into painting and grow that little corner out again.

Until then ✌️✌️

— Thom


In the spirit of all these “ten albums that influenced your musical tastes” things I’ve been seeing people post during isolation, I got to thinking about my own and couldn’t reasonably break it down to just ten. Then, seeing the wild disparity between some of the entries I chose to take some more time to look at the context that lead to each one being influential.

So! Below I’ve charted sixteen albums worth of influence, each with a link to the album on Spotify, starting from the very first cassette tape in the early 90s right up into the digital age, in chronological order of their influence on me. I don’t think there’s any notable gaps, but there’s some interesting leaps.

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THE WOUNDED KING — vaatividya / Elden Ring Contest Entry, 2019


I’m thrilled to have made it into the Top 100 entries for vaatividya‘s ELDEN RING design contest, especially considering the absolutely staggering quality of the other entries.
You can watch the Top 10 announcement below to be as amazed at the caliber of work as I was:

(My entry appears in the video around the 28:24 mark).
The challenge was to come up with a boss design for the upcoming videogame collaboration between From Software / George RR Martin, ELDEN RING.

CLICK HERE to see the whole entry booklet I made, which includes some lore, battle and environmental descriptions plus a bit of extra detail about the inspiration and such.

Congratulations to the winners!