Formats and sizes of paper I choose to use for my drawings are very important to me and sometimes they determine a quality and nature of my drawings. When I first started working on Ink Flower Garden project in early 2014. I decided I want to draw exclusively on square format paper. Almost all of the images I did until July 2014. were exercises in design. I was interested in creating various flower inspired designs using only hand drawn squares and circles so naturally that kind of work needed to be done on square format paper.
After six months of making art under these self-imposed restrictions ("use only squares and circles as foundation of my designs on square paper, construct black shapes, add color and textures later, repeat same theme over and over and over again...") I got back to more conventional rectangular paper formats and my designs started to grow and evolve into some really weird shapes (see collage above) that didn't quite feel right. I would look at my carefully constructed designs and think to myself "wow, this looks strange, where the hell did it come from?!" so I realized I needed to ditch all of my self-imposed rules and allow myself to create more freely which I'm still trying to do.
But sizes and formats of paper I choose to use still play important role in my creative process. Few moths ago I got a really nice new sketchbook. It had twelve pieces of beautiful, white, slightly textured watercolor paper 27x36cm in size. And, I don't know why but that size of paper just felt perfect! It made me super inspired to draw. It's hard to explain and it probably sounds like I'm making a big deal out of nothing special but I was absolutely thrilled and delighted and super happy to find paper that is perfect size for me (too big paper and I don't have attention span to finish an artwork the way I want to, too small and I don't feel challenged enough). Anyway, I loved making art that was exactly 27x36cm in size and I made some of my most favorite art pieces ever! I put them together in a mini series (I ended up putting together eleven drawings because one of them is a commission I'm not allowed to share publicly.)
Last of the drawings from this mini series is called Eye of the storm (see it above) and I just finished it yesterday. If you like click on gallery below to see some of the work-in-progress photos.