Recent work: This leads to that

Robotic Mule #1

One thing always leads to another. That’s how it works for me. Take this drawing. It’s in crayon on drawing paper. OK, not grade school crayon but still crayon. I had been using litho crayons and that led me to thinking about doing a drawing with regular crayon. And, on a news show on television, I saw videos of these robots that a company up in Massachusetts was developing for the Defense Department. They were intended to be mechanized pack horses or mules for carrying combat gear and supplies over rough terrain. The videos showed them galloping around and dealing with obstacles and ice. They galloped like horses but they looked like giant bugs to me. They also made a power mower or chain saw sound as they are driven by gas engines. And, all that set me to thinking about drawing them which is how this drawing happened. As I often mention, I think that Chuck Close once did the best job of describing how pictures get made: “Amateurs sit around and wait for inspiration; the rest of us show up and go to work.” The crayons are Caran d’Ache Neocolor and the drawing is on Canson 80 pound drawing paper. It is 18 inches high and 24 inches wide. And, now, after some finishing up some business-business, it will back to maybe more robots.


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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