(pencil, colouring pencils, digital)
Recently I’ve been playing with the repetition of minimal designs in the hopes of creating more detailed images. This is one in a recent series of three, they were inspired by landscapes and the symmetries/patterns that exists in the natural world and the human body. I’m hoping to transfer this image to a wood block and do some printing later this month.
During my holidays I want to play around with outlines of my favourite things and shapes to create minimalistic patterns. I needed a break from conceptualizing everything and just draw a thing or two purely for the fun and aesthetic of it. This is the first two I’ve made in a hopefully ever growing series. See Gulls was inspired by a photo that I took on the coast of Morocco of a huge flock of birds trying to catch their supper. There were so many in fact, that they practically covered up the ocean that flowed behind them. It’s a vivid memory that I will always love. I plan on printing this series on a long thin strip of paper and then block printing the original photo atop different segments of the pattern.
Fill, exhale, and deflate. Repeat.
(ink, pencil, digital)
Top floor please!
Not every thought or word we think of will make it to the top of our minds and seep into the world around us. There’s so many obstacles within us that create stops along the way that give us time to second guess ourselves. Once we do, we swallow our imagination making it difficult to recollect the ideas we’ve since lost. If only there was a way to make this journey easier and more direct. A way to express without an off ramp.
Growing up, I remember walking down to a park which had one of those rickety old wooden gyms in it. A park, which at least by appearance, seemed to have been there since the 1930’s. This was no Muscle Beach, just a couple of makeshift wooden seats and rusty bars which were most likely used more by kids to hang off of, then by actual adults counting reps. The thing that struck me most though were these simple yet confusing signs describing how one was meant to use the devices. These images were something I never really understood and still don’t, constantly asking myself “am I doing this right?” or “should this hurt more or less?”. Although it was probably less of an image issue and more of an overthinking problem on my end. I should have listened to my hypothetical fitness idol Arnold who said:
“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger
Great advice, until you realize that you can’t fly, shoot laser beams or grow a second set of arms. Anyways I have always wished that I could be more attracted to working out and to push myself to be in better shape. So, I’ve drawn a series of work out instructions which involve absolutely no effort at all and that anyone can do, but just like the ones I saw at the park years ago, don’t expect any results, especially with the spin and twirl. Enjoy!
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Eventually things will come full circle and each shape will have helped complete the puzzle:
-The triangle is known to be the strongest shape, but sometimes even it needs support from it’s friends. Rotate!
-Sometimes other shapes can help hold the circle in place. Keep the ball rolling but try to avoid the downhills. Rotate!
-Squares can help things stay even and balanced. Keeping the other shapes in line. Rotate!
-The pentagon makes sure it’s friends are safe, trying to protect and shelter them from multiple angles. Rotate!