A Golem

Black ink on Strathmore Bristol. 8 x 10 inches

The Golem Legend comes down from what can only be called the mists of time; a golem is mentioned in the Old Testament and was very much a part of medieval Jewish mysticism.  It is a formless creature made of refuse – earth and twigs and was said to have protected Jews from persecution during the Renaissance.  Today, references to golems may be found in Kabbalistic teaching and, in addition, the legend has been transformed into a Pokémon creature. How the creators of Pokémon latched on to it is hard to imagine but the idea keeps popping up in contemporary film, video games and fiction.  This particular image came to me from a shape that I saw in a textured floor.  I am one of those people who tend to transform random shapes into integrated wholes. The drawing was done in black Pelikan ink using a Rapidograph on Strathmore Bristol. I’ve used Rapidographs, initially developed for drafting for many years, first encountering them in college when they were very difficult to maintain. Today, they are easier to maintain and I like their fine, uniform ink flow and the way they feel on paper.  However, I do not use them as intended (for making straight, consistent lines in mechanical drawings), preferring to use them for what I call “scribble drawings.” This is a scribble drawing; each line is no more than a wavy scribble, integrated into a whole.  I’ve tried to get the same effect on the computer using a Wacom Pad.  Not quite the same.  And, the Pad offers too little resistance.

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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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One Response to A Golem

  1. Ddumoor says:

    Trè kool….i have been drawing primarily with a rapidograph for many years…i appreciate the flow and the speed…these aspects of the physical pen itself at times indicate which areas and elements are to be developed in any given drawing.
    I was once apart of a discussion that defined drawing as anything on paper, irrespective of media or implement. If I may, how might you define drawing?
    Ciao
    Dd

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