ART AS IT IS CREATED...
SURREAL PEN & INK ARTWORK
There was a VERY creative period
in my life, when I discovered my way artistically speaking.
Unfortunately I let life interfere with that surge of creativity
and all of the drawing stopped. Dead. Cold. Now that I have
taken up the pen again, I am trying to clear out everything
from that time (1995/1996). The thought of this drawing haunted
me enough that I put together the pieces and then put them
away...for years. It is haunting me once again and I have
decided to do something about it and I am finally going to
finish this one. You are invited to join me on this voyage
(from here to there and back again <g>).
"Infinity & Jelly Donuts" © Chris Eisenbraun
Click here -- go to the beginning of
the behind-the-scenes photos.
Click here -- close-up of the pen &
Click here -- the fine art studio drawing gallery page.
Posted Sept. 30, 2006: there was a HUGE gap in the work flow here. Life got in the way. BIGtime <argh>. Anyone who thinks drawing is just a fun little thing you do is wildly mistaken. That only happens when you're a kid. When you're an adult, it's a constant battle to find time to do your thing. At least, that is...if you're trying to keep your art pure by having another way to pay your daily bread bills <rolfmao>. This art is about what I want to make, not what I think will sell quickly <g>. You make choices. That doesn't leave a lot of time for much TV, but no big loss. Really <lol>. Anyway.
Time rolled around and the show I was aiming this artwork at moved their entry deadline up by a month...so I had to finish it. NOW. I took the weekend off and FOCUSED! Wow, it worked :) Now it's up to them to decide if they want this pen & ink in their latest show...
Posted Aug. 12, 2006: no matter what your BEST intentions are...life happens <g>. I am really fighting to make every Sunday my ART day (re: Paul Gauguin)... BUT, things do happen. Transitioning from an old (1999) computer to a new one has taken a lot of time, energy and four letter words. And, THIS weekend I am sick as a dog. Sheesh. So, this update is way belated and I haven't gotten very far recently. But, there has been some drawing here and there since then (below).
Mostly I am working on small (design) problem areas and trying to feel my way through them. AND...my new pens are in! Yeah! Ebay rock 'n rolls baby! A full set of refillable Koh-i-noor pens! I am READY to ink (as soon as I use this last disposable Rotring up <lol>). And this time...I am cleaning my pens as I go so they won't clog up! BIGtime! Click here for a close-up zoom of the artwork to the left.
Posted July 12, 2006: Peg McCreary, friend and fellow artist, recently said to me that mistakes make you take chances with your art that you normally wouldn't dare. She calls this her "Painter's Hail Mary Pass". hehehehe. Funny but true. Mistakes guide you into places you didn't mean to go. For example: I did NOT intend to get so detailed on the large background image. But that pen & the ink dripping fiasco changed things around a tad (see below). Oh well AND cool beanies. It's a LOT more work, but I actually like the more intense detail that has come forth. It reinforces the surreal-ality of the puzzle pieces <g>.
Click here for a close-up zoom of the artwork to the left.
Posted July 03, 2006: the major pieces are starting
to show themselves and it is getting interesting indeed
:) You never know how a work of art is going to finish.
By the end you find all sorts of surprises, twists and
turns making themselves known. The characters tend to
write their own script, you (the artist) are part creator,
part audience <lol>. Ask any author, artist or
Down to technical notes. I'm trying to run the pen that
dribbled ink on the face out of ink so I can reload
a new pen and fix the face... Unfortunately, there is
a LOT of ink still in the pen <roflmao>. BUT when
I tried to use THAT pen (very fine tip) to color in
my crows... it started tearing the paper up, so I had
to pull out a new thick tip for THAT part. THAT pen
keeps running out of ink <sheesh>. Irony rules.
SOOO... even though I KNOW you're supposed to start
your drawing in the upper lefthand corner and work your
way down... I'm not going that route <g>.
Posted June 20, 2006: I've chosen pointillism to portray
the face and I'm trying to be REAL delicate about the
whole deal...when my pen drops a great big blob of ink
right on the cheekbone! Argh! It's one of my fine tip
rotring art pens and I guess that I just wore the nib
out because it let go of two great big blobs. Okay.
They're not HUGE but they're way bigger than they should
be and quite obvious. AND I had so been counting down
the hours earlier... so impatient to get back to the
drawing. This happened in the first five minutes. AAAaaaargh!
So... I have to pick up a brand new pen and add more
detail to the face as a fixit. Pen & ink can be
nerve wracking sometimes (if you take it too seriously
<lol>). Man. Anyway. I started inking in the clothing
to use up the pen and I've put down a nice layer of
gray. I'll add details later.
Posted June 13, 2006: Well, I didn't get very far this
weekend but it's off to a beautiful start. I am, however,
running into a small problem: humidity. I live in Florida
-- go figure, eh? My paper is curling and that sucks.
I talked to a friend who works in watercolors. Suggestions
included: taping the drawing down to a board, stretching
the paper using watercolor art stretchers, moving to
a thicker grade of paper and piling LOTS of heavy books
on it when not working on the drawing. I have LOTS of
heavy books <lol>, so that part isn't a problem.
I'm not too keen on the taping part and I've just invested
too much time to really want to start over with a thicker
grade of paper. I'm going to try the "flatten it
with books" bit and see how that works. <btw>
Art note: so far this one incorporates pointillism AND
cross hatching (normally 2 completely separate fields
Posted June 04, 2006: the hair kept giving me trouble.
One can only erase so many times before the paper wears
out, even when using a kneaded eraser <g>. Too
much erasing and it's impossible to lay down a crisp
line because the ink is bleeding due to the roughness
of the paper <argh>. That's where technology comes
to the rescue! Grab that digital camera, take a photo
of the artwork, put it in the computer, run the image
through Photoshop and then print out a bunch of copies
<lol>. I think I used about 15 copies of the art
before I started to get even a little happy with the
Regardless...I am just having a blast. Read the "News"
articles on the website and you will hear over and over
again, "I am GOING to start drawing again...soon."
Years of this, and it's finally happening :) Some things
are worth the effort. This is the second artwork (2006)
and I am about to have my second work on a gallery wall.
Posted June 02, 2006: the holiday was absolutely wonderful,
I spent a LOT of time drawing. It has been a LONG time
since I've been able to spend days, in a row, drawing
without fighting for every inch of time. The last year
or two has been one big long fight to get to this point
and it was GREAT! Gary made music and I drew. This vacation
was a real artistic retreat and it was fantastic <g>.
Artwork details: the hair in the photo was VERY bleach
blonde and stringy. It looked exhausted. If I drew that
hair in, it would look like a bad hair job (no matter
how good you are at drawing <roflmao>). That's
kind of what happened with the
last drawing. The hair on the model was graying
and it came out harshly in B&W. That's where the
old artistic license comes in handy. I took some liberties
and added some life to that hair :) After all, photos
are for photographers and this is MY drawing :)
Posted May 14, 2006: this is the last
piece in my head from before (1995/1996). I haven't quite
decided if it is going to be another pen & ink or...a
pencil drawing. I haven't done a good pencil drawing in quite
a while. Pencil was my first love and at a recent art show
I was reminded of this. BUT...pen & ink has a beauty of
its own. I'm not sure what I am going to do. At this moment
I just need to map this baby out. All the rest of the decisions
can come later...