Here is a time lapse of the wall drawing progress for my solo show in Rundum Artist-Run Space in Tallinn. It is a drawing of the Sea Shepherd ship M/V Bob Barker based on a beautiful photo taken by Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals). The whole process only took something like 7 hours and several marker re-fills. I was extremely happy to be able to do this; drawing on walls is incredibly fun and hopefully I can repeat the experience again soon! If it was up to me I’d be doing a lot more drawing on walls, filling whole rooms with drawings in fact, a little like Charlotte Mann who draws furniture and decorations and even parquet floors! There are so many intricate details in her work, it is just mind boggling. Perhaps one day I will have a blank-canvas room all to myself to fill with a linear world…
When I was studying art in high school I could not comprehend why one teacher never seemed to be satisfied with my portrait drawings. I was able to achieve such great resemblance with the subject through meticulous shading and pencil smudging – the perfect use of possibilities that a 2B pencil can offer with its grayscale variations. And yet she thought it was lacking personality. At the time I didn’t understand at all what she meant by that.
In university we rarely had any drawing assignments, so my skilled grayscale-hand got rusty. But one time we had to put together a huge portfolio with a lot of sketches, including drawings of everyday objects such as shoes and pots. One night I was sitting at my desk fighting boredom while trying to draw a saucepan and realized that if I wanted to draw it in my usual way I would have to do a lot of tedious and uniform shading. So it is out of laziness and boredom that the idea struck: why not draw just the contours of the object and the lines between dark and light areas to give it depth.
That drawing took me only a few minutes to make (and as I have a rather short attention span then energy efficiency is extremely important for me) and ever since then I have never gone back to pencil-shading or even pen-hashing to differentiate light and dark areas of an image. I wonder what my old teacher would say about my drawing style now…
Have you ever made any valuable discoveries out of laziness?
After reading and hearing so much about how great it is to have a blog I thought perhaps the Universe is trying to tell me something so I decided to jump right in.
Recently I have really been concentrating on making lots of new drawings. Drawing is great, it’s like an exercise in zen meditation and ultimate concentration all at once. Most of my drawings are based on photographs I have taken and edited myself. What has amazed me most lately is that even after photographing a scene and then post-processing it – staring at it for quite a while – there are still details in the pictures that I only notice once I start drawing it. Like for example the mysterious pair of shoes on the bench in the picture above… Drawing really makes me see things differently, in minute detail, and these unexpected surprises make the process that much more rewarding.