Tuesday, November 21, 2006

an update of sorts

sorry i havent posted in so long. i am having a bit of a mental crisis. i ahve been having a lot of fun drawing lately and have been drawing more than usual. the problem i am having is in my illustration. i cant find a way that i like to work. i want to work differently and everything i start i hate or lose interest in it very quickly, it is all so ugly to me. i cant think when i try to plan an illustration. its really killing me. i am so frustrated that i want to give it all up. blah!


Blogger Cat said...

Chris, I understand your frustration. From these drawings, and from everything else I have seen you do, it looks like you are really comfortable with good ol' pencil and pen & ink. You should maybe consider doing Andrea Wicklund style - like you did with the Kurt Vonnegut piece - and you can do a kick ass drawing that you then layer with color. To be honest, some of these sketchbook drawings you did could stand alone as finished pieces. They are awesome. The dude with the blue nose (probably a celebrity that I'm not hip enough to know) - I could see that in an Annual. It's killer. Your style doesn't have to involve paint, it could be black & white ink drawings. It could be printmaking of some sort. Just keep trying lots of things and you'll find one you like more than others. But seriously - your drawings are really strong and can stand alone as is. I love them. And I'm jealous of your sketchbook. Do you put gesso down or something? I can't get washes to stay on my pages - the paper resists the water.

1:29 AM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

thank you so much cat. you are always a source of inspiration through words. its funny that you said that my pieces dont have to involve paint. that is the realization i came to late last night. your words validated my feelings. thank you.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Starbuck said...

I wouldnt get too caught up in finding a way to work or a style. Just try to have fun and make good images and everything else will come around naturally. Right now the sketchbook is looking soild, and I agree with Cat about these being finished illos.

PS One of my teachers said that B&W artists are always are in demand because everyone can print black and white.

3:09 PM  
Blogger debsworld said...

Chris, for someone who is in a crisis mode in your artwork, you're doing some fantastic stuff! Lots of variety, and each piece holds its own. I agree with some of the other comments about your work evolving. I keep coming back in my mind to John Lennon's quote: "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans," except for me, I translate that into, "Your style is what happens while you are practicing other things." It was one of the themes at the Illustration Academy. Over and over the various artists talked about style and how it happened, and the way it came across to me, the bottom line is definitely evolution. Your beautiful work in your sketchbook is a perfect example.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I showed my dad your stuff and he said "Take an xacto knife to these and you have a finished illustration" (He means cut them out of your sketchbook). Just thought I would share.

4:23 PM  
Blogger chris ewald said...

wow guys thanks so much. you all are so rad. it really helps to have a place to vent. thanks again.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Fox said...

Hey Chris,
Sorry I didn't comment earlier (I've been in Turkey land). I totally agree with what everyone said. These are finished. They're beautiful, I especially love the crouched figure. You can really draw!

10:50 PM  
Blogger highpockets said...

Chris! These sketchbook pages are beautiful. I only wish you could appreciate them as much as everyone else does!

5:32 PM  

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