My personal project, ‘Human energy’- is a series I have been working on for a while now, and I’m very excited that it will be released by Nooobooks publishing imprint very soon as a Sumi-e art story.
The artworks were an evaluation of a feeling or human energy and an exploration of it in spontaneous ink painting, each piece being titled with the mood. Some being love, dance and life.
Upon reflection of the series the titles became a story and now the story has become a book.
Sort of like an ‘art picture book’ an illustrated short story.
While brush hand lettering the text for this book I released that it was these tools- (Sumi and fudé) which began my exploration of traditional art techniques, which I found much more satisfying than a pixel or vector line.
While I don't do Manga style art, I fell in love with the tools - the inks- nibs- fudé - and Chinese calligraphy brushes, and use them regularly in much of my imagery, while I chase the making of the perfect mark.
I re-lived how frustrating it can be trying to get the perfect line - which is very obvious when painting letters with fudé. Push on, push through the self doubt wobbling your lines with it’s energy, and try to remember it’s a worthwhile chase to find the right balance of perfect and imperfect touch.
***UPDATE*** Human Energy is now available, click on ISBN or image for link to purchase on Amazon.
Now that spring has well and truly sprung, I have re-hatched my ink harvest.
My original "Harvest" word-art was done a few years ago when I had just fallen in love with ink. It was rushed for a project and I didn't spend the time on it that I would have liked to.
Lately, I had been feeling like I was at an impasse with drawing, painting and digital, and I realised that I hadn't just played with ink for too long.
Fuelled by the impetuous energy of the spring reboot, I decided to go back to basics with my favourite dip pens and scratch away with some hatching techniques and to revisit this project with a hand a little more ink fluent.
My ink illustrations are still far from where I would like them to be, but just having a play has nourished the love I have for ink and those scratchy pens. There are some pens that just don't work for me on some days, but on another day I can't put them down, I just accept this now and know a bad nib today will amaze me another day, it may be lame but the fun-damentals really do remind you of the fun and why it's your passion.
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Original post blogged on 17the September 2018, Re-blogged due to moved domain.