The last 2/3 weeks I’ve been spending most of my time and creative energies setting up Piktoland, my new project, and I have less and less time to dedicate to my “regular” art and the Creatures.
I still manage to cut little chunks of time for the daily creatures and do a bit of painting on the weekend.
As the time is limited I had to make it simple, so last week Creatures are rather small, but very colourful and enclosed in a circle (I’ve bought a circle cutter and I went crazy cutting circles on everything!).
So here they are, Creatures from 165 to 172.
And I’m not even half way! This is going to be the longest year ever!
I’ve always found Penn’s work so inspiring, and it was great to see a retrospective of his most famous portraits.
Amongst these the portrait of cartoonist and illustrator Saul Steinberg in his Nose Mask. Steinberg created a series of brown paper bag masks, apparently to disguise himself and his friends, and Penn captured him wearing one of these masks.
You might know by now that I have a passion for masks, and I find the simplicity and elegance of this photograph totally fascinating. I saw it at the gallery and I joked with Nick that I could do a series of Creatures wearing a paper bag.
When it was time to start a new series the idea came back and I just went with it, and here are the results.
To make things more interesting, I discovered that that picture was actually taken the day before I was born. Not too strange then that I feel such an affinity with it.
Here we are again with the usual round up of last week Creatures.
For this series I went back using Sharpies. Pens and markers are probably my favourite medium and I have a large collection of different types and brands. I tend to use fine Sharpies, adding a few touches with large Stabilo pens.
I’m still experimenting with strange shapes and unusual (for me) colour combinations, in the hope of breaking the routine and find new inspiration to keep me going, I’m still only half way!
So here they are, number 144 to 151, quiet a long series this time.
As time pass I find it increasingly difficult to find new ways to draw the Creatures.
Ok, I’m the first to admit that my art is very repetitive. I have been drawing, painting, sculpting, vectoring the same Creatures for over 20 years! They have evolved since 1984, but the essence is the same. Their love for big capes and headdresses, their mask-like features, their one-dimensionality, are their trademark features.
In general I have a fascination for repetition, especially in art, mine and others as well. I fill entire notebooks with the same theme, the same Creature, the same motif, done and re-done ad-nauseam.
So I thought I would find drawing a Creature a day, a very easy challenge to accomplish.
Now I am faced everyday by my own limiting rules. What else can I do? Which colours should I use? Which medium?
For last week Creatures I kept the square shape of the previous one, but moved to a more colourful palette, using pencils on paper – simple but always effective.