End of the World…
I will have 2 new drawings in End of the World – Thursday December 6th-30th, at Compound Gallery, Portland Oregon. If you’re close by, be sure to drop in Thursday night for the opening party.
Above: Fractured Buildings, 34cm x 24cm, pencil on paper, 2012.
In between everything else, I’ve managed to get some commissioned work done too. Here is “Twin Guard-dog Guardians of the Universe”. Welcome.
I got the scanned data back from the print shop today and they did a fantastic job capturing all the fine details. The image was enormous, so my trusty old computer choked on it for a while, but I’ve managed to sample a few details for closer inspection. Technical issues aside, the piece is done, and over the last few months I’ve learned a great deal about drawing craft, the limits of my technique and also had (a lot of) time to consider why I’m doing such labour intensive work. Hope you enjoy.
It’s finished! This is the biggest piece I’ve drawn up until this point and probably the most dizzying in terms of detail – if I counted how many buildings and structures and objects that made up the figures it would be close to a thousand at least. It’s literally been sucking my life away for about 3 months, but after 2 weeks of late nights I think it’s more or less done.
In the coming weeks I’ll be heading back to Australia to negotiate some framing and display options with a gallery hopefully. It would much better to see it in person. So I’ll update when I know.
Makoto Aida, a Japanese conceptual artist I like said of one of his enormous, white canvas pieces “It’s just like watering a desert” as he built up mountains of businessmen, office telephones and computers to create giant mountains of ash. He’s still working on that one I think. I’m taking a break.
The Middle (watercolour and pencil on paper, 190mm x 230mm)
Usually I stick with my pencils and work straight onto to paper, but this time I put down a wash of blue and grey to add a bit of depth. I was pretty happy with how it came out so I thought I might share. It reminded me a bit of the azure wash you often see in those old Japanese ukiyo-e (by Hiroshige), only a bit more washed out.
p.s. If you are interested in buying this one, drop me a line via the email address at the bottom of my contact page.
Kagemusha. Pencil on watercolour paper. 40cm x 50cm. カゲムシャ. 鉛筆と水彩用の紙で描きました.
Details and a larger image can be found here in the gallery.
TeraMachi (Town of Temples and Shrines)
Finally, after 2 months of (not so solid) work, Teramachi is finished! I have been really looking forward to finishing this one…even more so to moving onto something else (probably smaller, with less shrines, and very little detail). Hope you enjoy. I will upload some detail shots into the gallery too, so feel free to check them out. Cheers. Sean.