I know. This one’s a bit out there for me. You will either instantly recognize what this is about or be completely in the dark. If you are in the dark, then I’d like you to take a moment and register what impression you get from this. What feel or quality does it have about it?
I don’t think you really need to know the (external) source of inspiration for this to GET it, but it certainly would help with any interpretation. I was watching some videos by the very weird and somewhat offensive, but really good musical group, Die Antwoord, and wondered if I could capture any of their sort of energy or dynamic in a drawing. So, the idea isn’t to make a nice and conventional drawing of a still from a video, but rather to make a visual interpretation of it, and the music. I don’t even know if that is possible, really, but, I wanted to see what would happen if I attempted it. This is the result.
I also wanted to only use whatever materials I have at hand, which are just some cheap-ass markers, colored pencils, poster paint, and India ink. Also, I didn’t do any pencil sketch or plan it at all. I’m experimenting with not planning, and keeping mistakes. Rather than fix mistakes to achieve a level of perfection, I’m trying to finish pieces with mistakes incorporated, and then move on, and improve at one-off images.
This may seem a bit like fan art, but it’s not really. I’m trying to push boundaries, even if just my own, and in this case it’s what can be imaged, and through what mediums. I’m doing this not just for the immediate end result, but rather as practice and experimentation which will lead to other pieces. Rather than have a signature style that I work to perfection and then replicate over and over to make commodities for consumers, I’m pursuing multiple interrelated styles which can feed off of each other and be combined.
I’m selling the original for $375.
3 replies on “Die Antwoord FBB”
To be honest,I don’t like this but I am struggling to explain why. Usually I like quite messy work like the stuff done by Basquiat but maybe this just has too much in it to create a feeling towards it.
I’m not sure how much I like it either, at least as a perfected image, which it is not. I definitely like parts of it, but not necessarily how it all comes together, which has a lot to do with it being completely unplanned, and there being no erasing or chance to fix any mistake. It’s an experiment, the goal of which was not perfection, but exploration. Of course I’d rather the piece succeeds, but I’m not overly bothered if it doesn’t. Rather than try to make each piece perfect, I’m experimenting with making relatively quick pieces that may or may not succeed, and if one in 3 or 4 or 5 makes it, but makes it in a faster style, that’s good. I’ve thought about not sharing the ones that don’t quite cut it, but I think if they fail it’s still interesting why.
One more thought. Even as I’m about to start a new drawing/painting, I refuse to make a pencil sketch first. I’m just going to work directly in ink and color. I don’t want to get bogged down with trying to perfect anything, make anything exactly accurate (anatomy or perspective). So, I’m trying to develop a new style that requires fucking up and being cool with that. That’s hard for me to do, but right now I don’t feel like doing anything else (knowing me that could change completely in a number of days or hours, because I often rebel against myself). It’s opposite to the way I usually work. Instead of fixing something in a long process, make a new quick one, and get better at quicker and more spontaneous work. I don’t want to get bored, or for the creative process to be replaced with too much rendering work…