If you’ve been following my posts, you might have noticed that the billowing sails of my newly-launched artistic venture have had the wind knocked out of them recently with the horrible business of having to deal with Maurice, our beautiful, sweet puss-cat who we had to get put to sleep. On Saturday, I decided to climb back into the saddle (so to speak) and managed to complete a new piece.
My latest subject is still equine-based, albeit one with a slight fantasy slant as I’ve decided to do a Unicorn; the fabled and mythical horned beast which farts rainbows and can bring people and other creatures back to life with a drip of one of it’s teardrops. The appealing thing about doing a unicorn is that it would allow me a chance to really have a lot of fun with colours. Here’s a low-res sneak peek at the semi-finished article…
As you can see, I’m bravely forging onward with the pointillism work, which seems to be working out rather well and I’m really pleased to say that I can see a big improvement with my technique in this piece when compared to my last one. I could have went down the route of just using a single pen for each of the blocks of different colours, but no – I’ve decided to use a technique where I’m using 2-3 pens (Sharpie & Copic Markers and Stabilo Point 88’s in this piece) to embolden each of the colours and blend them into one and other. It’s working pretty good, methinks!
The one thing about doing work like this is that it takes absolutely ages to do, with this piece taking the best part of ten hours from beginning to end. It’s still early days for me with this technique though, so I’m no doubt going to be refining it and getting a bit more brave with the things that I’m doing in future pieces. Knowing me, this most likely means that it will probably start taking even longer to complete them as they’ll start to become more elaborate.
The best part, for me, is that I actually find this whole pointillism way of doing art incredibly relaxing. Applying the colours dot by dot to the paper with good quality pens puts me in a very ‘Zen’ state of mind, which actually really helps as it keeps my mind off other things in life that can otherwise be fairly stressful. In fact, when I start a piece and begin to do the pointillism it always surprises me at how addictive it is and how quickly the hours vanish as I’m doing it, to the point where I’ve completely lost track of time a few times.
If (and it’s a very big ‘if’) I was somehow manage to get to a point where people are interested in buying prints and originals of my stuff and/or I manage to start doing commissions, it would mean the world to me. To be able to quit the 9-5 rat race and sit at home doing art, drinking coffee and listening to music sounds like my idea of heaven, so I need to buck up my ideas and carry on creating stuff.
Well… That’s a very good question. I think I’m going to create several more of these pointillism pieces with an animal theme before moving onto something else. I think I’ll stick with the pointillism, but who knows? It’s the beginning of what feels like an exciting journey at the moment.