It’s been quite a while since I’ve shown anything in a gallery. For the last few years I’ve been content to work my design job during the day and draw in my sketchbook on my own time. This month that all changes as I have this piece in Pony Club Gallery’s December show, themed around the end of the world as we know it. As a kid I spent endless hours drawing all manner of secret forts and dream hideouts. This is a continuation of those drawings that I did as a kid, except now my abilities have progressed a bit (I hope). The concept is simple: When the shit hits the fan, build a tree fort.
The rough drawing that I used to plan the piece. I concepted it out in my head while sitting in the dentist’s chair.
My initial concept sketch. It could’ve turned into something nice, but I felt that the subject matter was a little predictable.
The End of the World show will be up at Pony Club through the month of December. Come down tonight for the opening reception!
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I’ll admit, I can be lazy sometimes. I don’t draw observationally as much as I should. It can seem daunting at times, there are so many details in any given field of view! Whenever I pick up my pen and record what’s in front of me, the process is always rewarding. Observational sketching trains your eye to pick up the little details, and strengthens the coordination between hand and eye. I know there is science behind it, but I won’t quote numbers. I will say that the next time you find yourself in a creative rut, try drawing the view across the street, or even the messy desk in front of you. You’ll find it jogs the brain in surprising ways. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sculptor, video editor, painter or graphic designer, drawing always stimulates the brain.