Back at the sketchbook, revisited

So way back in June I mentioned I was working on illustrating this Nietszche quote: “Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.” Or, in English, “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” That’s Aphorism 146 from “Beyond Good and Evil” if  you’re curious.

Ian Rogers sketchbook June 2014

That’s all well and good, but I only realized just now that I forgot to post the other 3 parts! I finished them months ago but at least it’s still 2014. For a couple more days, anyhow. Okay, one more day. But who’s counting.

Ian Rogers sketchbook 2014


This is the second half of that first sentence, “daß er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird.” Everybody knows that the bird is the wird. Haha, just kidding with that last bit, just a multilingual pun there. I’m a Dad, I can’t help it.

Ian Rogers sketchbook 2014


“Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst…”

Ian Rogers sketchbook 2014


“…blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein”.

These are not the best photos in the entire world but I figured I should at least let you, dear reader, enter 2015 safe in the knowledge that I do actually finish my projects.