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.