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Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Power of Flight



Say hello to my Winged Creatures! I'm not entirely sure how to describe this series. There's no real meaning behind the overall concept - it's just something I drew for fun.

I drew the first of them (Winged Creatures #1, below) in an after school art class in 2005. I had no particular aim - I was just combining a few visual elements that I like - a flower, leaves, wings, a crown, a sword, blood, soft colours, it all just fell together. Unlike much of my drawings since, I didn't create a solid black pen outline prior to filling in with colour. Thus the edges and image as a whole are much softer. At the time, I had little experience using coloured pencils in this way - creating multiple layers blending into one another to form textures with depth and dimension. I also had a much more limited selection of colours compared with today (and I think it shows).

Since I don't have much to say about it, I'm just going to share some of them. Unfortunately, I had to cover a few with fairly meaningless writing as part of my school art curriculum.


Winged Creatures #1


Winged Creatures #2


Winged Creatures #4


Winged Creatures #5


Winged Creatures #6


Winged Creatures #14

Winged Creatures #15



Winged Creatures #16

Winged Creatures #19


A couple of years later, I felt the urge to revisit the concept. I often find my artistic feelings move in cycles. The 'winged creature' motif is a simple, reproducible element that I could easily combine with many other ideas and styles.

Disconnected

Love is Blind

Winged Creatures #23

Winged Creatures #24




"The true work of art is born from the Artist: a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being."

Wassily Kandinsky

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