I thought a little sass with full-on dramatic pose was in order to celebrate the final day of the sketching project, so I give you the Eurasian Lynx sporting the I-will-eat-your-throat-for-lunch-look. (It's kinda more of a I-resemble-a-character-from-ThunderCats-look.)
What I learned this go around from the 30 Sketches Project is to enjoy the time spent making. I finally realized that making art isn't about the finished piece that hangs on the wall - it's about the time spent working with the drawing, painting, film, etc. which includes thinking, dreaming, researching, and literally putting the pencil to paper. It's the string of present moments and sacrifices that make up it's creation that is the art, it is still alive when it's in progress. It instantly becomes a ghost of sorts when it is complete or simply a tangible by-product of practice.
I mentioned in the beginning of this project that the common link to the drawings is that they all come from the Smithsonian Mammal's Handbook which not only has fabulous images but great info as well. Here is an example in regards to the Dromedary…
"The Dromedary has been wholly domesticated, with no record of any individuals existing in the wild since prehistoric times (3000 BC)."
This dude really exists. I know it's hard to believe because he is so awesome. I saw one with my very own eyes just cruising in a Wyoming field (it was less cruising and more moving like greased lightning). The excitement level was what I would expect to equal a unicorn sighting.
I am a big fan of elephants but not stoked about this drawing. I guess something got lost in the translation of such a large mass of animal onto such a small sheet of paper.
Day Twenty-Three: Asian Elephant
What I am stoked about is this…
These are Post-it quote bubbles that I used in stop motion films. I save them in a beautiful hand-made wooden bowl. I never knew why I felt compelled to keep them, I just knew it made me happy to see them all together. So I like this idea...
I don't know about you, but seeing these dudes within the same frame is pretty exciting for the ole imagination. The manatee is obviously a loner, the hippo may battle some depression issues, the jackrabbit is pretty solid-he just goes about his biz, the squirrel is a wild man, the little deer is very inquisitive, and well the hog…I haven't figured him out yet.
You cannot, I repeat cannot, tell me that this dude isn't having fun. I imagine him as your average guy flying squirrel. This image is of him trying to beat one of his buddies' gliding records. His flying squirrel wife is pissed because he is supposed to be out collecting nuts, or whatever flying squirrel husbands gather, but instead he is working on his distance. YAAAHHHOOOOoooooooooooooo.......
Day Fifteen: Flying Squirrel
I forgot to mention - I'M HALF-WAY DONE WITH THE PROJECT! The first ten drawing/collages are finished and the below four need to be glued to their 8"x10" sheets of wallpaper.
For some reason or other, I am not a big cat fan but ocelots are changing that. I think one strong character trait this guy possesses is manipulation. His wheels are turning...you can just tell. He'll dazzle you with his badass looks and the next thing you know he's eating your heart out of your throat. Or stealing your wallet. I've seen it a thousand times.