Sunday, November 12, 2006

Moving towards controlled playfulness

OK drawings now.

I've been following through on my bats and men, in fact the two things have rather fused in the middle.

Facially, as in the following:

Some of those have a bit of Triple H, the well paid big nosed wrestler, looking kindly, as he often doesn't.

Some bats, I think they're called horseshoe bats, have holes in the middle of their faces. The graphic possibilities are many.

Then some bats like to get intense down at the gym...

Randy and Edge are a tag team now. Unfortunately for Edge, he looks rather a lot like an ordinary mortal man, although his chin is so extensive I look at it and can't quite believe it's all made of face. Anyway he's below on the left.

The bat-man thing got so it was something I had to get out of my system. This kind of had its peak thus far in the next drawing.

While I was drawing that, I was watching Mark Kermode interview Steven Spielberg. They were talking about Munich and Mark thought that it wasn't that great cinematically and that he preferred Spielberg's popcorn fodder. Spielberg kind of said that he made that film to get it out of his system, and that's how I felt about the man-bats. I felt like a ten year old boy when I was drawing them. One they were out, I felt I could move on.

Bless John Cena and his quasi-box-shaped head.

I felt I needed to return to Randy's head to redress some imbalances. I'm still a beginner and I'm learning about caricature as a process, and I've come to realise that if you get in the habit of exagerrating a certain feature it will be at the 'expense' of a different one. Like in recent drawings I had been making Randy's cheeks all massive and rounded, and forgetting that he has a habit of pointing his chin at people and pouting in a distinctive fashion.

One of the reasons I think I return to this head is that it's quite open to interpretation.

I'm still scribbling manically in my sketchbook, splurging thoughts out with only slight coherence. Hey, now I have a new computer, so photoshop won't make it burst. I think I'm figuring out how to aim for where I want to be, in a never-finished kind of a way.

(This next bit also appeared in my myspace blog)

I've been having dreams which take the creative visual excitements from my life and push them deeper into magic.

This is a drawing based crudely on a memory of a dream in which I was at a Stanley Spencer exhibition and there was a painting in it of men in a winding tunnel, clusters of men, with radiant light shining out of their heads which fragmented the surrounding forms with its rays.

You can kind of see where I scrawled 'clusters of men'.

Then in a later part of the dream, there was a special secret library with massive volumes devoted to Spencer, Goya and of course, the famous fish bowl expressionists. That book mainly seemed to be filled with multiple colour variations on the same painting of a fishbowl. But it had special esoteric meaning, the colour, of course.

I have a lot of dreams about book shops, second hand book shops in hidden cities, and the important part is that in them I find the books that I need to find. The special books with the knowledge that takes me where I need to be. Because the thing is, my waking attitude is similar, I do think there may be one or two or three books hidden in the world somewhere that are the books I need to find.


And this bit didn't appear on myspace, it's an exclusive: I had another dream the night before last in which Marlo invited me to her home, an apartment in a sort of intimidating pearl white castle labyrinth.

But she was kind of a superhero, I think this was directly based on her wonder-inspiring real life drawing skills. It seemed that my visit had enticed some kind of egg shaped red haired begoggled lady archvillain to Marlo's house, so Marlo kindly shoved me down the chimney hole in order that I could hide/escape. I became swamped in soot.


Scott said...

Your blogs keep getting better. They should be in a sequential book, like what your Mum said. It makes me sad to think there are people who don't read them.

The same applies to your drawings. With the word "see" in place of the word "read".

That bit was an exclusive: it didn't appear on MySpace.

Chloe Cumming said...

Hello Scott,

I feel like a con artist if I don't give each web partition of my presence some exclusive content.

Marlo Meekins said...

HAHAHHAHA awesome. funny dream!!!!!!!! i feel honored to be in it!! and great sketches of course

Alina Chau said...

awesome drawings!! It has a classical drawing feel to it!

Jason said...

wowzer, a little Dürer with your cornflakes. Rocking.

Shawn said...

Great stuff!

I think you are MAD, Chloe!...Truly MAAAAAAADDDD!!!

Kali Fontecchio said...

my low brow art class is about artists inspired by retro stuff, cartoons, hotrods, carnivals, etc.- you know "low" art hahaha

Tommy Kane said...

Man are you excellent or what.

Danne8a said...

Wowie Zowie!
I really like the Bat Guys.
I don't think I have ever seen anything like them before!
Great job!!!!!!!

william wray said...

I gotta get on 'roids. I want freaky bat cheek bones.

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Mark Reep said...

Great blog, great drawings. Good dreams, too. Secret libraries, second hand bookshops in hidden cities- Oh yeah. Works for me :)

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Anonymous said...

There's such intensity in these drawings.. good job!

Where these off a model?


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