What do this kitten:
This old drawing of mine:
And this scene I photographed while visiting friends have in common?
I’m going to weave them all into a very complex drawing..something that’s been on my mind since I was young…but was always a little timid to try. So, there are going to be a few preliminary sketches on the way….here’s the first:
Okay, it’s after a rainstorm on a late afternoon in summer. All the traffic lights are green as far as the eye can see.
Enough symbolism? Too obvious maybe?
I’m not fond of making the viewer work too hard. I feel it’s the artist’s job to be understandable. If you want something obscure, try real life. I’m out to make something people can relate to, and hopefully feel good about.
I’m not sure, if I accomplished what I want in terms of color, composition, etc. It has kind of a children’s story book look, not sure if I like that or not. But for what it’s worth, here’s “After the Rain”.
Going home from work one night, my beloved and I waited at a traffic light. It went green, as traffic lights do, if they’re in working order. Not only did that light turn green-all the lights as far as the eye could see did as well. Smooth sailing home.
So, in the ugly photograph, the lights are all green. The only problem with copying the photograph, is that is, as I have said, ugly. So, how am I to keep the optimistic metaphor, while making the drawing something be enjoyed?
So, I scribbled and experimented. As I did it, the street started to look like it came out of Munch’s “The Scream”. Not quite the intention I had. So, I smoothed it out, added reflections…and got something that looked a bit as if it just rained. So, here’s the sketch for “After the Rain”.
The large finished work will be tighter…but right now, it has the look to a failing assignment in “Perspective 101″.
“King of the Beasts” is completed. For some reason, it seemed more interesting with parts of it left rough. I’m not sure what, if anything, this drawing has to do with healing. It makes people happy…maybe that’s enough.
Came to a good stopping place on “King of the Beasts”. It’s being set aside, I’m going to look at it with a fresh eye in the morning. It it meets approval, by me of course, I will post it. If not, it’s back to the drawing board…literally.
So…for now, I’m bringing you…
AN UGLY PHOTOGRAPH!
Taken through the car’s window, it contains the germ of the idea of the next drawing.
So, stay tuned.
BTW, if “King of the Beasts” seems a bit familiar, maybe you’re thinking of what I tend to think of its companion “Tiger in the Jungle”, which I drew almost two years ago. I donated it, heard that it sold at a silent auction for a botanical garden..never heard for how much. Not that it matters, I suppose, but I’m kind of curious.
Anyway, another walk down memory lane.
Finally got some work done on, what I shall title, “King of the Beasts”. Here’s a work-in-progress shot.
What is it that I need to handle? I’m working from a photograph, with the stuffed animals stopping in the image before I stop my drawing. In other words, I have a lot of empty space to fill, that has to fit the format, so I have to improvise. And that, people, is where artistry steps in and keeps one from just copying a photograph.
As for my long absence…yes, working, two jobs for this week. I’m finally coming up for air. I’m realizing that a lot of my issues have resolved themselves. Just like waking up from a long nights sleep, as I was focusing on work, my subconscious was functioning, smoothing things out in the background. I feel more secure, and my feet more solidly on the ground than it was three months ago.
However, I would NOT want to do it, again.
While I was visiting my brother and his wife, I was shown some of their photos. Among them, was their kitten, Max, hidden among stuffed animals. The colorful animals made a lively color scheme. And of course, it had a cat. I just had to draw it.
Okay, I try to stay away from things that are cute… But even I couldn’t escape this.
So, here’s the first sketch: Fur Babies.
So no apologies…enjoy the unbridled cuteness. More about Max’s story later.