Another spot illustration for the fabulous SooJinn Buzelli. This one was an article for Upfront section of Plan Advisor, called " Sage Advice". My thinking conceptually started with trying to draw from and old Aesop fable , Like the tale of "The Ant and The Grasshopper" or " Icarus" who ignored the advice of his father and suffered the fall into the sea. But all of these seemed maybe a bit off tract so I tried something a bit more abstract. The problem was on one level to find an icon to represent the knowledge or the person containing the knowledge of which you were seeking. So maybe books, maybe a old Greek statue of a philosopher, made of stone with real eyes staring back out at you. The hand with the eye was along this same rambling direction.
SooJinn Wrote back that she liked this direction #13. the hand with the eye in the palm. A simple variation that seemed to appeal to me as well, being a child of the sixties. I pulled together a tighter sketch and sent it off for approval. I got a note back from SooJinn "I think I prefer just one hand like the small sketch you sent first.Thanks. SJ"
So embarrassed ....in my haste to shoot off a sketch quickly I used to same piece of parchment to blow up a refine the medium and larger refined sketch but didn't take the time to retouch it out before sending. Now I had to explain this embarrassing little slip up. oops... No worries transferred the art to the board and and started painting. In my head I always had sort of a spiritual Hasma in my head.It's a universal sign of protection.The Hand , particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.
The illustration went fairly fast but I had a little time to sit on it and later played around with adding the symbolic elements of currency to the hand,in the form of tattoos that are engravings from the American dollar. and in the elements fro foreign money i used like stamps in the background. All together I think it gave it a nice surreal felling.