“Anything Goes As Long As It Is Outrageous”

My youngest brother all of a sudden appeared yesterday with a blank cardboard and tried to convince us that this was some sort of art piece.

We of course played along with his trolling and praised the work since we feel very strongly that it would do well over at Tate Modern or any other contemporary art gallery.

Since the surface was left blank it inspired me to quote one of my own lyrics, so I have now ironically turned this artwork into my own, displaying how an art piece can become a multi-art-concept by belonging to several individuals simultaneously, who’s interpretation of possibility might clash, reflecting the vulnerability of existence and natural tension contained within individualistic interpretation and expression.

The blank, empty surface was declared a work of art by my brother, my black and white photo of it can also be perceived as art, so me writing on it digitally now shows how one idea can turn to three.

Now it certainly belongs among the classics.

Lyric Book – Signed Physical Copies!

A little while ago I received my 1st printed version of my Illustrated Lyric Book πŸ™‚ It made me so happy and proud to actually have a physical copy in my hand! I was positively surprised at the amazing quality as well; it certainly looks very exclusive when you hold it in your hands!

Signed Physical Copies of this book will only be available through myΒ Patreon PageΒ πŸ˜€ If you are keen on a digital copy of my Amazon Bestseller Lyric Book, you can get yours here:Β eBook.Β The eBook version is shorter since the Physical one also includes some pages with only artwork; I’ll give you a sneak peek here:

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I’ve also released my 1st Blog Book; which is why a number of my entries have been set to private here on my blog. If you want a chronological insight into my Blog writing from my 1st entry up until Christmas 2016, then check this out. I’ve not included Music Industry related entries as these will be released as a separate book.Β Buy My Book Here!

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If you like my drawings then make sure that you check out my very 1st book; my Amazon Bestselling illustrated children’s book “The Freezing Snowman.”

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New Amazon Bestseller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years after we first released my book “The Freezing Snowman” on Kindle it has finally charted and is now an official bestseller on Kindle UK Β I can’t believe it!!!!!! This really made my day Β Huge smile & a big thank you to my mom and the rest of “the clan” for their involvementΒ Β Get my book here!!!!

Nothing makes me more happy than to see that my work is selling! It’s the greatest compliment you can get as a creative person πŸ˜€ No doubt!

This is my 2nd book to chart on Amazon actually, I also charted previously this year when I released my illustrated lyric book πŸ™‚ I couldn’t believe it when it charted alongside Patti Smith & Bob Dylan in Amazon’s Lyric Book Section πŸ˜€Β Lyric Book.

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I first released my 1st Children’s book in early 2014, after missing the Christmas rush due to CreateSpace dragging their feet – sadly.

The book received little to no exposure besides my own social media and this interview right here:Β The Freezing Snowman.

Fans would buy signed physical copies directly from me, but on Amazon and Kindle it looked pretty dead. So you can imagine my surprise tonight when I saw that it had finally charted! Once again I’m incredibly grateful!!!!! A huge thank you to those who buy my work, and if you’ve missed out, then make sure that you check it all out πŸ˜€ ❀ Thanks again & God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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UPDATE!!!! Woke up this morning and my book is actually climbing rather than falling!!!! Oh my gosh!!! Please keep on buying it!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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Sometimes we all just feel like…. walking away… for ever… (Name Of The Drawing Below).

No I’m not upset or anything! I just came across this in my “unpublished blog folder” and thought : “Hey? Why not put this one out?”.

The top drawing is a drawing I made based on my artwork “Hail To The Chief” which you can see below.

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This is one of the monkeys being fed up just leaving the negotiating table.

I’m sure we all feel like walking away from things now and then.

Sometimes that could be a good thing to do, sometimes not.

Sometimes things might seem hopeless, but sometimes things might not be as mad as they seem.

If you guys are interested I got plenty of artwork over at my website! Feel free to check’em out πŸ™‚Β http://commandermusic.com/art.html

Also! A very cool thing to check out is my latest youtube video!!!!

If you guys remember I was in the US of A some months ago shooting vids for Guitar World Magazine and EMGtv!

The first live video with me playing my original metal music is now up \m/ Check it out and share!!!

As always take care people \m/ More guitar-related entries are coming your way before I’ll go back to blogging about things not related to my music!!! Stay tuned for my ” 20 PRACTISE TIPS FOR GUITAR”Β it’s coming soon!!! \m/

I have something I want to share with you!

Hey you guys!

Today I would like to share something that is very close to my heart and very personal! (Just to warn you guys… there are explanations below the pictures in this entry, so to avoid any confusion, it’s a good idea to go and read these later after you’ve read the main text!! Explanations are inside the parenthesis (). Bear that in mind!!!!)

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Self Portrait from 2004!!

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Self Portrait from 2005!!

Long before I even though of picking up a guitar my main interest was visual arts!

Music was still my biggest source of inspiration, but drawing was something I did every single day!

“Every picture an artist makes is a self-portrait” is how the saying goes, but as I never really plan much when it comes to what I draw I guess I prefer to say that ” these pictures are a snapshot of how I feel at the time”.

Still I guess they say a lot about me, just like the rest of my creative output which is quite substantial.

Believe me when I say that the only reason there is no album out there from me with original material is due to lack of funding NOT due to lack of ideas!

I do however have an album with Classical Music available. An album that I’m incredibly proud of! If you want to hear me play violin music on the guitar or hear me sing opera you can check it out here: http://www.commandermusic.com/store.html

Anyway….

When we started out with this whole “Commander-In-Chief” business 7 years ago, it was a very different “product” that was presented to the world!

We started off my Myspace page with 2 original demo-tracks, with illustrations I had made for the lyrics and an animated “artsy” video I had made myself!

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From my animated “Battle For The Mind” video-2008.

( I spent months working on the animated video! Very high pace, full of colours and artsy stuff it got me my first fans over on Myspace!).

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My initial vision was that music and art was gonna be part of a whole since I visualise my music when I write it! This was going to be an artsy project and I was initially not even planning on using photos of myself to promote what I was doing.

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The Bush Administration, taken from Hail To The Chief 2007/2008

( The picture above was inspired by the Bush administration and/or the leaders of the world. I had written a song called “Hail To The Chief” long before I took my artist name! I was very politically involved when I was a teen. All my lyrics were strictly about issues in society for a very long time. I was surprised when I discovered the Dead Kennedy’s, as I realised that they had already covered many of the topics I was writing about! The picture below is more recent and was made in 2012 as part of a Pledge Campaign! It’s an illustration for my song “Famous”. The song is strictly about reality shows, not talent shows or celebrities who are famous due to skills.)

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Illustration for “Famous” from 2012

We saw however that pictures of me created “buzz” on my pages and got a good reach.

When I started out I had only been playing for 3 years and had no interest in shredding, I considered myself a songwriter more than anything else.
My original idea was to have a male singer singing my music, but I was advised by the producer I worked with that it would be better to “not-give-my-songs-away”.
It took me sometime to get used to the idea of being a vocalist! I had already started taking singing lessons from my mother, but I did this initially as I thought it would be a shame to turn down singing lessons in opera when the offer was there.

The 2 demo tracks we promoted caught the attention of indie-producers that had worked with pretty big names, in fact some of the biggest names in the genre, but I knew that I wanted a heavier sound even though my songwriting was catchy/commercial.

Things changed and developed over time and considering how much time and energy “artist development” can take if you are going to do it properly, visual arts went out the window.

I started drawing again in late 2012 and I also illustrated ( and wrote) my first children book “The Freezing Snowman” which we released in 2014!

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Original drawing from “The Freezing Snowman”, First Draft, from 2013.

( The drawing above is part of the “first drafts” I made for the book. They were all made on cardboard. I got the idea for “The Freezing Snowman” when I made a snowman with my siblings in early 2012).

My original artwork will now be for sale on my website right here: http://www.commandermusic.com/art.html
and I’ll take the opportunity to share the stories/ideas I had behind some of these pictures!

As always, thanks for the support everybody! If you like me as an artist keep on supporting what I do by buying what I put up for sale!

ALWAYS support original art, whatever form!

You gotta keep the ideas coming and the art alive!

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“I’m your new neighbour” I don’t think this picture needs an explanation!

( I like to draw facial expressions that are exaggerated! And I love colour, I spent a lot of time making this one.)

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( I was using something as a reference when I drew this, but I quickly departed from that as usual. The man is obviously not happy. He is thinking about what he could have done differently in his life.)

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(This man is being pulled in all directions to such an extent he is literally being torn apart. I was inspired by one of the villains from Spiderman! Believe it or not!)

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( I have no idea what this is. A strict italian guy. He certainly looks like a villain to me!)

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( I made this back in high school. We were supposed to draw our comfort zone and then add an element that would turn the comfort zone into the total opposite. I picked my bed room and added an entity that was not supposed to be there. I guess this is my ultimate nightmare in many ways. I used myself as a reference, then I used one of the guitar players from Dimmu Borgir as the reference for the guy in the closet! I just loved how he looked like in their band photos!)

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( This is me dreaming about new children’s stories. I’m not gonna go into detail, but you see the Snowman on the right looking happy for a change. I have several other characters I’ve created!)

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( This is a Thug God. My youngest brother Eric wanted me to draw a Buddha. Me being me though the Buddha ended up being a thug, rub it’s belly and you will be sucked into an endless pit, or I guess the greed for more will devour you. He is also holding a baseball bat. Try to take his gold and you are dead!)

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( I started a political zine with a friend of mine back in 2007. One of the articles I wrote was about the “Big Brother” state America was turning into due to the increase in surveillance cameras everywhere. Freedom was lost in my opinion and it was only going to get worse. During that period I sketched a whole bunch of spy-robots, in 2013 I went back and turned these ideas into something tangible.)

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( My socialist grandfather with a deep fascination for everything Russian, brought me this chessboard. It’s Russian and I used it as a reference during art class. The picture is fittingly called “Russian Revolution”.)

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( Not my best, but the idea is cool. This is again inspired by the “Big Bother” society we live in. When I made these sketches I had still not discovered 1984! This picture is supposed to represent cloning. I guess it could look like I was inspired by “Brave New World”!)

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( I have no idea what this is. I had no reference when drawing this. She is a lady about to get murdered. She is next but she doesn’t know.)

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( Another take on the spy-robot, that will get to you no matter where you are! Nowhere is safe I tell you! This robot is pretty much alive, it’s an organic robot I guess you can say! It’s one of my favourite pictures.)

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(And this ladies and gentlemen is Lady Justice in all her might! This was one of the illustrations I started my MySpace page with! The illustration for ” If The Dead Ones Could Talk” a song inspired by Chicago mobsters. It’s suppose to symbolise corruption needles to say!)

Here is my explanation for the two “self-portraits” at the beginning of this entry! It seemed a bit confusing to let it be where it was originally!

( I’ve always enjoyed making “self-portraits” that are based around an object I own or how I feel inside. The dragon represents my fire, passion and drive. I made it back in 2004 as part of a school project, I grew very fond of the picture even though its old and made by a child. The picture below was made a year later as part of an art school application. I was supposed to draw my shoes. I thought this sounded very boring and uninteresting until an artist I knew told me ” it’s a great challenge, it’s not about the shoes really, it’s about how you see the shoes”. Brilliant advice! I immediately drew the shoes to represent me, therefore I see the picture as more than just the picture of shoes. Like the one above it’s a self portrait. Maybe the coolest self portraits are the ones without the “self” present).