I’ve been quiet as of late. Not having much to say or much on my mind. It feels as if I’m experiencing some kind of internal solitude, a need to be quiet and still, which I think is kinda freaking my hubby out, who keeps asking me, am I okay, despite telling him I’m fine. Really, I just want to unplug from the world and draw. That’s all.
My birthday passed and I’m trying to wrap my mind around the disconnect between my age and how I actually feel. They say you’re only as old as you feel. Well I don’t feel my age, do I get a pass if I choose not to act like it? 😋
In the meantime I did a short work in progress clip of me working on “Dahlia”, which you can view below. I have this and a handful of other WIP clips on my Youtube channel that you can check out here.
I’ve been wondering about this lately as I see a growing trend towards photo/hyper realistic art. The skill to draw or paint at such a level is phenomenal and inspiring but if you’re just recreating a photograph on canvas what is it that makes it artistic? Is it one’s skill in being able to reproduce realistic images in ones chosen medium or is there more to it?
I’ve been feeling a bit constrained by the size of the artist cards I’ve been doing. So lately I’ve been mulling over doing larger pieces. In the past I’ve done 9×12, 8×10 and 8×6, all of which are small pieces in the art world but when you’re doing pointillism with .20mm nibs, it can feel like your trying to draw a picture as large as your living room. It’s tedious and slow work. I don’t want to take forever just to finish one piece and for some time artist cards have worked tremendously well…until now. I want a little more room. So last night I dusted off my trusty cutting board and got to slicing up some drawing paper to find the perfect size. I’ve already determined that anything over 8×6 is a bit exasperating for my patience. 2.5×3.5 is the smallest I can go. I tried a 5×7 but that still seemed a bit too much. Then I tried a 4×6 and that fit just perfectly. So here’s my latest drawing that I’m working on called “Dahlia” on 4×6 Bristol board.
So, as previously mentioned I now have gotten into sketching with a ballpoint pen, which was the missing piece for me in actually enjoying sketching. Since then I’ve done some internet exploring and have come across some amazing artwork created with just a ballpoint pen. Now I’m not going to jump off of doing pointillism art and start working with just a ballpoint, that’s not going to happen. But I’m completely awe struck with what some artists can do with just a simple pen that you can pick up in the stationary aisle at any store.
Here are two amazing artists, Enam Bosokah and Mostafa Desha, who have created some awe inspiring, photorealistic drawings in ballpoint. (I could only find an online profile for Bosokah.)