Wednesdays are for art. I enjoy drawing (and on rare occasions, painting); I’ve done a lot of it. The thing is, I have a ton of drawings on my hard drives and no one with whom to share them. Maybe that’s not a big deal, but isn’t that what art is for; first for the artist to express himself then to share that expression with the world? So, from here on out, every Wednesday I’ll share a dabbling I’ve done in the art world with the story behind it (if any).
Today, I present “Open Mind.”
A little background: my most prodigious periods have been while working at a call center. This is my first work from my first call center period. I drew it during the training class as I learned how to take calls for a Holiday Inn call center which no longer exists in
. This would have been some time in August 2002. Cary, NC
This style of squiggly, rippling shapes was first introduced to me by a friend in high school. One day he randomly showed me this rather psychedelic looking design consisting of loops and whorls and I loved what it did to my eyes. I asked how he did it and he showed me. It was simple enough: start with your main shape by drawing a big outline and then work your way inwards. The effect can be profound for such a simple technique and that’s what I like it about it. As far as I’m concerned, the fewer moving parts, the better.
That technique stuck with me. I found it to be an easy, yet productive style of doodling in class. I took this idea into college and then into the workforce as seen here. Essentially, the above drawing is just a doodle. I think I started with the eye; I love eyes. “Windows to the soul” and all that. I really had no plan for it; after the eye, I figured it needed an eyebrow; then a cheekbone; then a mouth, a nose, a neck…but no top for the head.
“No top means it’s open, right?” I reasoned to myself. “An open head means an open brain – hey, kind of like an open mind!” And so then you see what’s going on in the open mind. Just a bunch of shapes and lines you and I may not get, but the guy there gets it; most of it.