My latest ACEO drawing for my on going “Illustrated Lyrics” project.
As an artist I never question why another artist creates what they create. I only assume that whatever it is, it is something that moves them. The Creative Spirit is mysterious and I suspect that She uses each of us to express various aspects of Her manifestations. Which is why I think it’s rude for people to tell artists what to create, especially if the advice is unsolicited. The interesting part is that often this advice is given by people who aren’t artist. And even if the advice is given by a fellow artist, if it’s unsolicited, it is probably better to keep it to yourself. But, I get it, some people take pride in being critics so they feel obliged to voice their opinions, which is all it really is, just an opinion. It’s the audacity that such people have to act as if an artist should change their style, subject matter or technique just because they don’t like it or they feel it doesn’t have much “depth” (whatever the hell that’s suppose to mean) is what bristles my fur. If you don’t like an artist’s work then move on, there are plenty of other amazing artists out there who have probably created something that is to your liking.
I am striving to create beautiful and exquisite drawings. That is my passion. That is my goal, nothing more. I am not trying to make any profound statements with my work. Any statements I do make are clearly personal ones that I wish to share but nothing more. I am not trying to bring about any kind of social change. If I were, I personally would choose another avenue to do so then to have that burden weighing upon my art. I am only trying to capture the beauty I see in the world or that which my imagination conjures up on its flights of fancy. If what I create touches others in some way then that is truly wonderful and it will leave me with the feeling that I have made a small difference in someone’s life.
In a time where I feel people seemed to be more moved by being outraged, I choose to focus my attention on what I find to be beautiful and touching in the world. If that makes me superficial than so be it. I don’t think I was brought into this life to try and please everyone.
Well my Dark Wing series has come to an end. “Essence” is the third and final drawing of my avian beings with tattooed moon glyphs. I thought about extending the series but I don’t want to over do it. So I’m on to something new, something involving song lyrics. Music plays a big part of artistic inspiration for me and I’ve been tossing around this idea of creating some art based on song lyrics. So I’m up for giving it a shot. Stay tuned and see what transpires. 😊
Sometimes I get messages from admirers enthusiastically asking what do I use to create my drawings? Well, here it is, my amazing arsenal of weapons of mass creation. Yep, that’s it. I have a drawing table with a few jars of backup pens but this is essentially all I use. Unlike other artists who may have a studio full of paints and canvases or a spare room with two desks covered in art supplies and a computer, my materials are pretty limited and compact. I know, it’s rather underwhelming but one of the things I enjoy about creating small works of art is the mobility. I can easily move my stuff from one room to another and work on my art without having to worry about space or finding available electrical sockets. Or if I go out of town I can just zip up my supplies in my pen case, toss it in my backpack and be on my way. It’s portable and convenient for me. Now I’ve read many advice articles suggesting that artists should have a dedicated space for creating art and I understand the logic behind that but doing so doesn’t really work for me. I like being able to curl up on the couch with my headphones and getting all intimate with my work. Or sip on some herbal tea as I finish up a current piece while sitting at the kitchen table with the morning sun peeking through the blinds and warming my face. Forcing myself to always work at my drawing table isn’t all that comfortable no matter how luxurious of a chair I get to sit in.
So here it is. If you’ve been wondering to yourself what material and supplies I use, here you go, marvel at the grandeur. I’m afraid that if anyone were to ever ask for an interview with a tour of my studio, they would be sadly disappointed when I pull out my pen case and say “Oh here. This is my studio. Feel free to look around.” 😋
Have a pleasant day. 😊
Here’s “Hope”, the second completed drawing to the Dark Wing series. Just one more to go, which I am calling “Essence”. I’m hoping to have it finished some time later on this week. At the moment I feel myself in need of a brief break from doing series so I’ve been thinking of doing a few stand alone pieces. I’ve also been mulling over the idea of possibly adding short prose, quotes, very short fiction pieces or even song lyrics to accompany my drawings. I’ve have bits and pieces of stories and prose floating around in my head that I want to do something with so I figured maybe I could illustrate these stories and write them out on the back of the matte that my drawings are mounted to. It’s just a thought. Nothing definitive just yet but I’m open to here your thoughts on the idea. 😊