Animal Body • Inner Self • Outer Self • Divine Self

by Alden Cole on December 28, 2013 · 0 comments


from the Christmas Past series, marker and colored pencil drawing, 9.75″ x 6.75″  •  framed 17″ x 15″ •  $255

2008. Late that autumn, friend Josh Simon contacted me about creating the cover for a book he planned to publish, Growing Up with Draja Mickaharic, a tale about spiritual study with a mutual friend. Josh requested that the cover art visually incorporate information about the four major stages of development in the human being – born into an Animal Body, maturing into an emotional Inner Self, maturing further into mindful Outer Self, preparatory to union with the Divine Self. I sketched out several ideas in color, submitted them to Josh, who loved the idea that developed into today’s art. Since the holiday season followed so closely on the heels of successfully completing this project, I chose to give the art a second life by adapting it for holiday use that year, giving friends who would probably never see the art as book cover, a chance to see my latest.

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