Here is shot of one of my favourite drawings that I did for this project. I will be hanging them tomorrow, keen!
At one point in this project I became very bored and utterly uninspired to continue with my proposed creative execution. Originally, I wanted to use the process of catharsis to fuel the content of my drawings, but I got to a point where I couldn’t continue with this process. I had moved on from what was initially bothering me and what was providing content for the drawings.
I needed a shift.
I decided that I wanted to continue this project by referencing a drawing that I had done in 2010 for a second year CRDE project. I wanted to use the symbol of the spaceman and create a story around that. I decided that I would express what I initially wanted to by using a short illustrated story that depicted a spaceman floating through a surreal forest. All of the initial process and idea generation would still be applicable, just the visual content of the execution would change.
So the title of the project is still Black Atelier, but the title of the piece is now ‘Reverie’
Reverie is defined as a:
"a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie." (dictionary.com)
I felt this word was a perfect fit for the title. The drawings are somewhat abstract with hints of surrealism. The word reverie also refers to my countless musing over a particular situation that continues to bother me. Reverie also refers to abstraction and absorption. The idea that I have absorbed my thoughts and worries and translated them into an abstract interpretation strengthens the choice of the word ‘reverie’ for the title of my final execution.
This website intrigues me! It is very interesting yet slightly scary for some reason. The content is majority user- based and seeks to explore the theme of science fiction and the modern possibilities of science. The description of the site is: “Where forward thinking terrestrials exchange ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction today.”
This website was great reference for the context of the drawings and just immersing myself into a science fiction theme that was starting to pull through in my work.
As I have progressed with this project I have come to appreciate the illustration of Mcbess. His style is very cool, but unfortunately a lot of illustrators tend to copy/mimic his work. I have recently been looking at the way he uses strokes and flicks of the pen to create texture and to break up the use of solid black and white space. He does this very effectively and I have learnt a lot from studying his drawings.
The process of only drawing with one colour has taught me to plan my drawings carefully and focus on my line work and use of patterns and texture to bring the line work to life.
Just some cool reference to patterns. While I’ve been doing these drawings I have been looking at how some illustrators use patterns to add depth and to also give the illustration more detail (particularly in black and white marker drawings)
The band Wavves is also pretty cool! They have also had some sort of influence on the work that I am doing…very spacey and dreamy sound but still raw.
I really like this illustration, especially the angle at which the space man has been drawn
I am seriously craving to paint something on a wall. I have never done it and I think it would be pretty cool :) Mike Giant- always inspiring.
Cool, portraits…especially the ‘gross’ quality that the line work implies.