Eric Armusik is creating Painting Dante's Inferno
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Thank you for your support!  If it weren't for people like you I couldn't be on my way to making this dream of painting an epic series of Dante's Inferno a reality!

Hello everyone, my name is Eric Armusik and I’m a figurative painter from Hamburg, Pa. For the past year and a half, I’ve embarked on a journey of epic proportions – a journey that has changed my life completely. When I was 20 years old, I was given a copy of Dante’s Inferno as a gift. Since then, it had a profound effect on my work and subject matter. After I was commissioned in 2014 to paint a large rendition Of The Damned and The Final Judgment, I was inspired by the overwhelming response to my work and decided to revisit the Inferno. In a matter of days, I knew what I needed to do. I was compelled to give Dante’s brilliant work a visual homage – a series of paintings that would bring the poem to life. What I didn’t expect, was how this new project would bolster my career and create new and exciting opportunities. I was also surprised by the incredible response on social media and the excitement and enthusiasm people have for seeing this come to fruition.

I’ve chosen to paint 40 panels at 4ft x 5ft with the intent of displaying them together in the most comprehensive and realistic depiction of the poem to date. The reason for the size is simple, I want these images to take on an almost life-sized presence to draw us in body and soul to the world Dante Alighieri created almost 700 years ago. Because this tremendous undertaking requires vast knowledge on the subject of the Divine Comedy to render accurately, I began immediately searching for the most well-known expert. I was thrilled when Professor Christopher Kleinhenz, a world-renowned Dante scholar agreed to assist me in the creation of this series. For the next few years, we will be working together in the pursuit to create the most accurate visual depiction of the poem. The completion of these paintings will then culminate in a traveling museum exhibition and a large, full-color painting book on the subject narrated by Professor Kleinhenz.The goal for the projects is set for 2021 – the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death.

In order to keep up with the demand for materials and time to paint this ambitious project and still support my family over the next three years, I am turning to Patreon to help me see this dream become a reality.I’m nearing completion on the fifth panel in the series and I still have 35 more panels to paint.The time required to pull this project off is nearly insurmountable and I must paint 12 panels a year to stay on schedule. But if you know anything from my work ethic, I am not afraid of hard work or any crazy schedule to get things accomplished. For me, failure is not an option. What I need is your financial support so I can focus most of my time on this project without taking on a surplus of commission work to take care of my family.


Tiers
Just Want to Support the Project
$5 or more per month
If you just want to support the project each month and help me see this epic series to the end in 2021.  Thank you!


Exclusive Behind the Scenes video and photo access
$25 or more per month
Behind the scenes access to videos and photos of the project in their entirety.   These are not photos or videos you will see on social media.  Watch while I work my way through to the end.
Once a month group video chat about the project
$50 or more per month
Once a month I will hold a one hour video chat about the project to contributors at this tier.  You can ask questions or watch me work on the paintings and ask while I work.  
Exclusive One on One Video Call Each Month
$100 or more per month
A one on one video call with me each month.  You can talk with me about the project or ask for a critique on your own work.  The time is yours!
Goals
$14 of $1,000 per month
When I reach $1000 each month I will offer more than one group video session each month detailing my progress and offering a Q & A session from my audience.
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Thank you for your support!  If it weren't for people like you I couldn't be on my way to making this dream of painting an epic series of Dante's Inferno a reality!

Hello everyone, my name is Eric Armusik and I’m a figurative painter from Hamburg, Pa. For the past year and a half, I’ve embarked on a journey of epic proportions – a journey that has changed my life completely. When I was 20 years old, I was given a copy of Dante’s Inferno as a gift. Since then, it had a profound effect on my work and subject matter. After I was commissioned in 2014 to paint a large rendition Of The Damned and The Final Judgment, I was inspired by the overwhelming response to my work and decided to revisit the Inferno. In a matter of days, I knew what I needed to do. I was compelled to give Dante’s brilliant work a visual homage – a series of paintings that would bring the poem to life. What I didn’t expect, was how this new project would bolster my career and create new and exciting opportunities. I was also surprised by the incredible response on social media and the excitement and enthusiasm people have for seeing this come to fruition.

I’ve chosen to paint 40 panels at 4ft x 5ft with the intent of displaying them together in the most comprehensive and realistic depiction of the poem to date. The reason for the size is simple, I want these images to take on an almost life-sized presence to draw us in body and soul to the world Dante Alighieri created almost 700 years ago. Because this tremendous undertaking requires vast knowledge on the subject of the Divine Comedy to render accurately, I began immediately searching for the most well-known expert. I was thrilled when Professor Christopher Kleinhenz, a world-renowned Dante scholar agreed to assist me in the creation of this series. For the next few years, we will be working together in the pursuit to create the most accurate visual depiction of the poem. The completion of these paintings will then culminate in a traveling museum exhibition and a large, full-color painting book on the subject narrated by Professor Kleinhenz.The goal for the projects is set for 2021 – the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death.

In order to keep up with the demand for materials and time to paint this ambitious project and still support my family over the next three years, I am turning to Patreon to help me see this dream become a reality.I’m nearing completion on the fifth panel in the series and I still have 35 more panels to paint.The time required to pull this project off is nearly insurmountable and I must paint 12 panels a year to stay on schedule. But if you know anything from my work ethic, I am not afraid of hard work or any crazy schedule to get things accomplished. For me, failure is not an option. What I need is your financial support so I can focus most of my time on this project without taking on a surplus of commission work to take care of my family.


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Tiers
Just Want to Support the Project
$5 or more per month
If you just want to support the project each month and help me see this epic series to the end in 2021.  Thank you!


Exclusive Behind the Scenes video and photo access
$25 or more per month
Behind the scenes access to videos and photos of the project in their entirety.   These are not photos or videos you will see on social media.  Watch while I work my way through to the end.
Once a month group video chat about the project
$50 or more per month
Once a month I will hold a one hour video chat about the project to contributors at this tier.  You can ask questions or watch me work on the paintings and ask while I work.  
Exclusive One on One Video Call Each Month
$100 or more per month
A one on one video call with me each month.  You can talk with me about the project or ask for a critique on your own work.  The time is yours!