Monkey see. Monkey do.
Sorry for the long delay! I'd said I'd take one week off and of course it turned into three and a half weeks of total sloth-dom. I was afraid of that but at least I now know that I will eventually get back to the keyboard! I have been busy, but that's more of an excuse than anything. I have a submarine commission I'm doing as well as a logo project; and my own personal projects, too. I've also got a couple of new goodies in my studio that I'll talk about on another post, too.
Here's a drawing I did for an artist friend of mine Mark Williams to hold you over. He is one of my former instructors; he really encouraged me to continue with my art aspirations after a drawing class I took at Three Rivers Community College. I had never realized that art was a way to make a living, it just never dawned on me. He was the first person to ask me, "So what are you planning on doing [with your talent]?" That's when I realized I could make money by drawing/painting. I guess it was also because I could say I know someone who is making money through art, so if they can do it, surely I can to!
That's how I look at the world, generally. Monkey see. Monkey do. I found this not-so-well edited 90s(?) news clip while researching how to spell monkey see, monkey do. DON'T JUDGE ME!!! I thought do had two o's... visually it made sense to me. The opening sequence with the boys talking about [Mortal Kombat, the video game] had me hysterical for awhile.) Anyways, thank you, Mark!
This only took me a year to finish, by the way. Yeeeeeaaaaah, I know, a whole year. That's what happens when [this] artist doesn't enforce a deadline on a project. It is "cave inspired." It is also pencil on paper and about 6 by 9 inches. Sometimes I like to see what I can create when I am constrained by only using a line -=====[xx> That's a sword if you can't tell already! I've never been much for these crazy emoticons and such, so don't critique me too much!
Anyways, I've been having trouble transferring to digital because a lot of my creativity comes from the absence of being able to do something, somehow. I.E. not being able to do color so I use pattern to create life when I draw in graphite. But digitally I have the ability to recreate oil, watercolor, whatever and sometimes I try all three or more types in one single painting and it does not turn out well! I guess I have to figure out someway, some trick, to keep me only using one type of brush or one color...
Well I'll end on that [open-ended] note.
Landon R. Wilson
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