Temkin: That’s an amazing idea. I’d work with you on that!¹
Alas, Max and I ultimately did not get to collaborate on this (save for some more conversation). But the exchange did get my wheels turning. Last September, I had the opportunity to finish the illustration. With the help of Em Space, I even created a limited 3 ft. sq. steam roll press print.²
It is inspired by my favorite Cloud Cult album, Light Chasers. The album is a beautiful story of discovery—of life, of love, of belonging, of power, of self-awareness and self-acceptance.
I tried to incorporate many of these themes in the illustration,
And you know what? I fucking love it.
I want to do more work like this (which is kinda why I quit my job). I want to share the stories that make me swell up.
Michael Buchino is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon. Since 2014, he has kept a log of curiosities. His nescient Twitter ramblings can be found via @buchino. Sometimes he responds to Gmails addressed to michaelbuchino. His now-quiescent blog Beard Revue was named Best of Portland in 2010.