Free Flow Figure

So, as is too often the case, it was quite early, well before the sun came up, but cats get lonely in the night and want company and attention.  This is my obligation.  So, in a half-daze, after delivering a bit to eat and some patting, I let my pen do whatever it wanted within reason.  The result looks like a riff on both Calder and Miro.  But, the point is, let the pen go and once it starts there is no turning back.  I wasn’t concerned about proportion (the head should be roughly one-ninth a person’s height normally and the arms, never mind). But, that’s the point isn’t it?  When I tell civilians the relative proportions of the human form, they always say, “But, heads are much bigger than that, aren’t they?”  What is not always what it seems to be.  By the way, the “169” refers to the page number in a sketchbook that I can “Zig Zag” because it goes every which way.   And, the colors were added later in PhotoShop.


About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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