Last one of 2011

Fine black ballpoint pen on 80 Lbs. Strathmore drawing paper

Done with a ball point pen?  Yes, no kidding.  Here’s the story.  I am walking on 10th and I go by the CATM Chelsea Gallery (500 W 22nd) and see these amazingly weird and wonderful drawings.  In I go and right there, I meet the artist, a Japanese guy, Yasuto Sasada.  He speaks no English.  I speak no Japanese.  But, I am effusive and he  showed me how he does them: with a ballpoint pen.  Could have knocked me over with a feather.  Later, I find out that he isn’t the only one using a ballpoint pen.  This was a month or so ago.  I have been thinking about it ever since.  And, in the meantime, I am looking at a couple of Edward Gorey books and thinking how I enjoy his patterns  of pen and ink lines and how I have been doing not dissimilar sorts of things for years.  Different subject matter but related stuff.  So, I got a bunch of Pentels and this is one of the things I did.  Like Gorey’s work, it is small, 4 x 6.  What is it?  A beast of some sort.  Happy new year.  Onward and upward and hoping that we all stay busy having fun and doing good stuff that patrons love to buy.

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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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