Without any additional explanations, I'd just like to share some of the art I've made this month, some paintings, some doodles, some pages from my sketchbook, some ideas and thoughts... a bit of everything :)
Minimalism has never really been my thing, if anything I'd label myself a maximalist, lover of complex, detailed arrangements and patterns always aching to add yet another layer, yet another shape, yet another coat of ink to my work until it all feels just a little oh, too much and even then I feel inclined to keep adding more and more and more. Too much is never enough.
But last week I started to year for something light, simple and airy, I just wanted to make easy drawings with minimum effort just for fun and pleasure of creating. So I made these simple grid patterns over old textures and I also drew some birds because I love birds :)
I had a lot of fun doodling on brown paper using charcoal and ink pens and I also caught it on camera and made a short stop-motion animation (you can see it at the end of the video). Sound is by Alkaline Samurai, used with his permission of course.
At the very end of the video you can catch a glimpse of other silly charcoal+ink doodles I made or you can scroll down to get a better view of them.
In lately I've been too busy to work on big paintings so I made some really small ones like the one you can above (8x12cm). I also doodled on some red, blue and green cardboard that was pre-cut to 10x20cm size. It was really fun but I'm hoping to start a bigger piece next week :)
This mini-series of ink drawings was inspired by idea of primordial sea. All three drawings were done on A4 format Bristol paper with extra smooth surface. It's currently my favorite type of paper to use, it's perfect for working with ink since, unlike watercolor paper, Bristol won't soak up ink. As it dries, ink, sort of sticks to the surface which allows for many interesting effects especially when using a lot of white ink as I do. Technical art talk aside, I really enjoyed working on these drawings, I am very interested in creating abstract landscapes inspired by an idea of ancient, primordial sea. I often call my drawings "inner landscapes" because, no matter what they are inspired by they always represent my inner state of being and are often also a metaphor for my emotions. These inner landscapes represent a realm of deep, primal emotions that is impossible to express through words but can effortlessly be expressed through simple shapes and textures and colors.
Last week was pretty rough for me, I got some bad news, nothing seemed to be working they way it should and on top of it all I got food poisoning. To cheer myself up I wrote a list of little things I love and make me happy. I'm always up for sharing some positive thoughts so here is my list, I hope it will encourage you to come up with your own as well.
- chilly, foggy mornings
- getting up before sunrise and going for a walk while most people are still asleep (especially during summer)
- early November mornings that smell like burnt wood and decaying leaves; cold humidity
- watching bunny rabbits eat (or even better, feeding them)
- expressions on turtles faces, they seem to look cute and angry at the same time
- talking to dogs
- bird watching
- animals in general
- silence of the night
- eating fresh fruit
- smell of cutting fresh celery for soup
- pink beverages (somehow pink things taste better)
- wearing comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes
- wearing bright pink footwear
- being outdoors
- smell of moss and woods
- nature in general
- cute, fluffy, chubby looking white clouds
- going for photowalks
- being able to spend all day just walking around and exploring
- flowers and plants of all kinds
- working out
- intelligent people who think for themselves and are not afraid of speaking their mind no matter how unconventional or controversial it may sound
- having intense, beautiful dreams and feeling the energy of those dreams all day long
- people who have sense of humor similar to mine
- the way mint lip balm tickles my lips
- writing with pens that smell like bubble gum
- scanning film
- blue hour/golden hour
- that moment just after experiencing intense physical pain, a moment when pain is finally starting to subside and it feels like it's melting away and your body is filling with warmth
- ...and probably million other little things
Last week I was working on some commissioned work, a series of simple flowers on white background. I can't share those drawings online but today I'm sharing two nice and simple ink drawings of flowers in a vase that were "warm up" drawings for my actual commissions.
So, it seems I have a thing for jellyfish. They've always been fun and enjoyable to draw and the reason why I started to draw them was their shape: their roundish top and they long wavy tentacles, I love drawing round shapes and long, flowing, curvy lines so drawing jellies came naturally to me. I never felt any special connection to them as I do to some other animals (I love all kinds of forest critters, bears, foxes, wolves, birds etc), I was only attracted to them because of their simple shape that is fun to draw. But recently I wanted to find out more about them (since I already spend some much time depicting them I might as well learn a bit about the creatures, right?) and I found out they are really fascinating animals. For example, did you know there was a type of jellyfish that is believed to be biologically immortal (appropriately named immortal jellyfish)? Also, it was interesting to read about many other random jellyfish related information such as extensive use of jellyfish collagen in medicine and beauty industry (anti-aging products.) Anyway, I still don't feel a deeper connection to these fascinating sea dwellers other than a desire to draw them but at least I know a little bit more about them.
Above you can see my latest ink drawing inspired by meduza (as we call them in Croatian) and below you can see some of the jelly inspired illustrations and drawings I did over the last 5 years.
In lately, I've been very inspired by colors blue and pink, feelings of lightness and softness and translucency. My latest two drawings are result of that.
Casual encounter is one of my latest drawings, I really enjoyed working on it. You can see some of work in progress pictures below.
Here are some simple doodles from my sketchbook, made during a coffee break.
These two very similar drawings were inspired by deep sea ("midnight zone" is a deepest part of the ocean that never receives any sunlight) and deep space. I think there is a strong connection between the deepest parts of ocean and deep space, at least in human mind so it made sense to me to use same color scheme and textures to represent both.
Just for practice I made some fun and silly jellyfish doodles.
I've been having a lot of fun making little ink bunnies. I made them by dipping a big brush into ink and letting it soak in as much as it can then painting simple rabbit like shapes with just one quick stroke.
Rainbow plate is a drawing I started last weekend and here it is in all its colorful glory! Below you can see more WIP photos and extra details.
I started a new drawing yesterday afternoon, here are some photos of work I've done so far.
Some simple Moleskine doodles done as a break from more demanding drawings.