I draw intricate portraits of animals made up of layers of botanical and geometric patterns. My work may be very detailed and involved- every bit can take upwards of fifty hours to finish, and a number of the ultimate particulars are so delicate that I’ve to attract in between breaths to maintain my palms regular.
I begin by wanting on the animal and letting myself see the shapes already current of their y and coloring. I like seeing how the identical varieties recur all through nature- like the way in which the grain of a fox’s fur will usually kind an ideal crocus flower form on the corners of their eyes. I then fill the shapes in with progressive layers of ornamentation.
My actual problem and inspiration is to find the proper level of stability between realism and abstraction. I attempt to use shapes and patterns that seize the animal’s kind and texture, but in addition seize something about its spirit. For instance, in my piece “Arctic Fox,” I used motifs impressed by pine cones, Honest Isle sweaters, and frost crystals; whereas in “Otter,” I used numerous sweeping and spiraling traces that jogged my memory of an otter’s swish actions by way of water and playful persona. When the whole lot comes collectively, drawing feels much less like setting up an phantasm and extra like revealing a hidden world that has been there all alongside, by which foxes are made out of flowers.
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