Hello! As we are counting last days of July I’ve been reflection on first half of 2014. feeling very satisfied with work I’ve been doing, progress I’ve been making and generally I’ve been feeling very happy. Last couple of weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time in my studio drawing and working on new designs and enjoying being busy. Here are a few pictures of details of my studio, just for fun :)
I had a plain little cabinet that I’ve painted basic colors to make it look more cheerful and now it lives on a counter right next to handwritten Ink Matters sign, which is an official studio name. The sign was made by Arlen.
I still keep a big photo display above my table, I just refreshed it a little bit. Every time I look at the colorful collage made of prints of film photos I start smiling :)
Btw, this was photo arrangement from last year, it’s not that much different I just added bunch of old lomo pictures since then:
A friend of mine gave me her old Canonet 28 that still works perfectly but so far I shot only one test roll with it. I keep saying I want to shoot more film but can’t find the time. Hopefully soon.
I’ve got another present, a new sketch board that is about 30x40cm in size and I don’t know why I haven’t got one before because it’s so practical and useful.
Even though I’ve been very busy I still found a little time and energy to treat myself with some just-for-fun doodling and making fun and refreshing beverages such as pink lemonade :)I will continue being extremely busy all Summer long (probably even until October) so I won’t be posting much here if at all (well, not that I’ve been posting very often anyways :)) I do post daily here if you start missing me :) I wish you all happy August and the most amazing summertime :)
Recently I’ve finished three more drawings for my ongoing art project. They are all (as usually) done with ink (drawing and coloring part) and white acrylic paint ( for adding texture). All three drawings are done on 9×12 inch extra rough watercolor paper. I’m posting both black and white and colored versions because I like both :)
I found it very useful, especially when working on long term projects and especially when drawing in same style (as I am doing now) to occasionally change the way of seeing your art. Flipping drawings upside down, changing the perspective, the point of viewing, scanning and enlarging details of paintings or even observing them under a microscope or projecting onto a huge canvas- it can all help us to experience our work in a different, original way and help us understand it better. It can be very motivating and inspiring to view our work (especially if we have grown very accustomed to it and maybe even bored by it) in a completely different and fresh way.
So to see my art in a new, fresh way and to get inspired I took a bunch of macro photos of details of my drawings. I was surprised by power of saturated colors and sensual textures on my drawings. I mean, I know my art is very bright, colorful and vibrant and I do love creating delicious textures but I have gotten so used to it by constantly seeing my drawings in the same way that I needed to take macro shots of them to remind me of basic qualities of my work :)
Without further explanation, here are some bits and pieces of my colorful world, my fun mood board positioned above my desk, corners of my home studio, work in progress, old painted textures, bottles of ink etc… I’ve been living in a very colorful, artsy world lately :)
For the last 6 months I’ve working mostly on square format and loving it. However, recently I’ve felt like switching formats and seeing how would that simple change effect my designs so I started drawing on 9×12 inch paper . So far I made 8 new designs and I’m looking forward to doing more. You can see my new drawings in both black and white and color versions:
In January this year I started working on a new art project. I wanted to explore an idea of drawing a similar abstract shape over and over again to observe in which way this shape will change (evolve) with time. I decided to focus on an abstract flower shape I have already been drawing a lot in this series from 2012. and I have also been incorporating it in backgrounds of my digital illustrations (here, for example). These flower shapes reminded me of roses, maybe perhaps because to me rose seems like “the most generic” flower, widely spread and easy to recognize so I named the designs I was making roses. When I started working on the project I remembered this collaboration with Arlen Dean and the project was spontaneously named Atomic Rose Garden. I thought it would be really great to draw 1000 atomic roses so I begun drawing them daily. In the first 6 months of the project I have finished 100 pieces that you can see on the collage above. So, there’s only 900 more left to go :) I’m aware this is a long term project and it will take me years to finish it so I’d be thrilled if I’d manage to finish another 100 by the end of this year!
Ever since starting Atomic Rose Garden project I’ve been diligently documenting every stage of it: sketches, half-finished drawings, coloring and inking the drawings etc. I’ve been working on this project for about 5 months and managed to amass thousands of work in progress photos already! The main reason behind documenting my work with such dedication is the fact I would love to turn it into a book someday so having extra materials can’t hurt.
Today afternoon I decided to color one of the drawings loosely inspired by tree rings. Of course I photographed every step of it so if you’re interested in how my process of coloring black and white drawing looks like scroll down :)
The more I draw abstract shapes the more I’m interested in abstract photography. Here is a selection of photos I took during the last few weeks: details of my paintings, water drops, various textures etc …
Today I’d like to share some of the inspiration and influences behind the project Atomic Rose Garden. As I already mentioned by drawing similar abstract flower or rose designs over and over again I am interested in an evolution of a shape, in observing and studying how drawing and redrawing similar shape will change it during longer period of time. (So, I guess this art project, in a way can be categorized as process art, since my primary interest lies in creative process and not so much in finished products but that’s a story for another time.)
Anyways, being interested in a process, an evolution, I found huge inspiration in artworks of German biologist Ernst Haeckel. More specifically, I was really inspired by his illustrations of animals and sea creatures published in books Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature) in 1904. I very much admire his colorful, clean and precise scientific illustrations but what really inspired me was an idea that if you take some of his pages out of the context of a biology book and just look at them without knowing what his drawings represent (see images below) they might as well be beautiful, decorative abstract shapes and a prefect inspiration for designing my atomic roses.