Anyone who knows me personally knows that I very rarely go a day without listening to Ben Howard’s music. i’m probably responsible for at least half of his spotify plays at this point. I have always felt that it is important to take inspiration from a range of people and places and not only look to people in your field to inspire your work as this can cause you to compare yourself too much to others or change your work to be more similar to theirs whether this happens consciously or not. Ben’s music has been a constant inspiration to my work for such a long time but I have never made an illustration which takes inspiration directly from one of his songs as I wanted to do it in a way which I felt worked with the rest of my illustrations.
When Ben released his newest album, Noonday Dream, back in June, 2018 and I first heard the song Nica Libres At Dusk (in particularly the line ‘and watch eagles saw in circles, perpetually’) I have had this illustration in my head and every time i listened to it since. I finally managed to set some time aside and work on these drawings and I’m really happy with the final result.
Although I drew this purely to please myself I will be releasing prints of this very soon for anyone else who loves that song or eagles in general.