March on Alphabet City/ The Gatekeepers
So the past couple months, i’ve been working slowly on this project with Avondale Type Company.
To promote their new typefaces, they asked a variety of artists to use their typefaces and logo, and essentially do whatever they wished. Because of the liberation of time and structure, I took the opportunity to make the most detailed illustration I could possibly make. Only restrictions were to use a specific ATC Typeface, and to use our initials, a symbol and their logo.
My love for pre-columbian, south-east asian and ancient middle-east sculptures inspired me to create a massive army walking across a landscape. The concept comes from my last name, Bommakanti, which is split into Bommaand Kanti. Bomma means toy, figure, sculpture. While Kanti mean eye. Hence you see a variety of creatures and people inspired by old sculptures, often with more than two eyes.
The ATC logo illustration was a mix of traditional and the use of 3d typeface. Its a representation of the aftermath of any conflict. Souls of the dead are being ferried into the void, while the two gatekeepers keep watch, proud of their achievements.