Celebrity Art Party with Sean Thornton

Celebrity Art Party is a semi-occurring feature, wherein the artists we enjoy interpret their favorite song. This installment features Sean Thornton, from whom my wife and I bought a print from at C2E2 several years ago (the VERY excellent Latveria tourism print), and whose art I’ve been a fan of ever since.

Check out his take on this epically proggy track from the Decemberists.

Sean Thornton - The Decemberists 'The Crane Wife' WEB

Song title: “The Crane Wife (1, 2 and 3)”

Artist: The Decemberists

Version of song (live, album, remix, etc.): The Crane Wife album


Why this song?

It reminds me of the amazing person that I am lucky to be married to.

When did you first hear it?

Shortly after the album release.

How does music such as this inspire you in your work?

Storytelling ballads are excellent for transporting my mind into a different world, filling it with vast amounts of imagery. Imagery that I am able to pull ideas from directly or inspiration for other pieces. The Decemberists are masters in using ballads to tell stories in their music.

How has this song changed for you since you first heard it?

Not much, really. It has always reminded me of my wife and our strong connection.

What upcoming projects do you have?

Unfortunately, not much at this time. I’m working on new pieces to showcase at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) this year.

Sean Thornton dreams of high-flying superheroes, retro-stylized rocket ships and the perfectly brewed coffee. Every now-and-then he actually finds time to draw and even has had some success getting his art published. You can see his work in the anthology comic Josh Howard presents: Sasquatch from Viper Comics, gaming books such as Traveller: Merchant Prince, Rune Quest: Empires and Rune Quest: Coliseum from Mongoose Publishing and most recently, Once Upon a Time Machine from Dark Horse Comics.

He is currently working on various series of comic and popculture-inspired fan art posters along with some original pieces. Once he has enough compiled for a book he plans on doing just that — making an art book.

You can find his work at Deviant Art and his Etsy store, as well as on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter @seanwthornton.