Friday, October 10, 2008

IF - Strings

This weeks IF journal page started off with blind countour line drawings of a table top vise and an old telephone. Since I draw blind contours with one continuous line, I am always reminded of strings. I love the tangle of lines that result in not looking at the paper as I draw. As I worked on the quality of lines, I began to think of how strings can tangle and bind. And recent events in my life brought to mind how so many people are trapped and tangled in the the mediocre, and how they try to bind and tie down others. These are naysayers - people who can never stand up for your vision and will give you a hundred excuses why it won't work. Instead of giving you wings, they give you rhetoric and excuses hoping to tie you to their mediocrity. As I bulit layers of graphite, ink, and watercolor pencil, a tangled figure came to mind, so I created the figure with acrylic, and tied the acrylic into the background with colored pencil.

Although the figure is bound, it struggles against the tangle of lines, and stretches upward. Despite the naysayers and the unbelievers, we all must dream and struggle against the ties that bind us to mediocrity.

8 comments:

lauren said...

this is great. it seems really intense to look at. you can sense the struggle. great job!

Kris-Tea said...

Interesting! :)

Katie said...

Very wonderful. Wonderfully unique. Reminds me "The Matrix".

steve said...

Yep! I really like the sense of depth going on here Eric. It looks as if the figure is going to bust out of the page at any time. Wicked job man!

Ces said...

Oh this is intense!

Mixed Media Martyr said...

The explanation of how you did this helps as a starter for my own artwork - thanks!!

studio lolo said...

Very nice! Here's to following your passion in spite of the rainy-day people!

Curious Art said...

Beautiful piece... lots of depth to this.