Sunday, December 23, 2007

Contessa Leaves For Lunch.

Completed this drawing back in late 1998 or early 1999, my senior year in undergrad. After three straight years of working in a highly rendered academic style, I joyfully went in the other direction: cartoony, thick lines, graphic marks vs. smooth rendering. I remember purchasing the book Character Trademarks by John Mendenhall. An old memory came back to me while looking at this book: as a kid I used to flip page by page through the Indianapolis Yellow Pages looking for character trademarks to copy and draw out. The purchase of this book unlocked something in my brain and helped kick out a whole new body of graphic work over the next year or so; I became obsessed with line quality, exploring this idea of masculine lines (thick, angular) vs. feminine lines (thinner, curved), etc.

It was the first time I consciously mixed the autobiographical with the mythological. I managed to manhandle some autobiographical material into a shape that pleased me; I was also reading the Kalevala at the time and transposing a lot of the situations into the drawings. And, I think, it was the first time I was ever intoxicated by working and the potential that was so close.

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