The subjects of my drawings are inspired by themes from literature, with a preference for the mythological and surreal.
I like the patience needed in the processes of traditional art. Together with the fact that there's no 'undo'. There's always the danger of ruining a drawing. Therefore concentration is most important.
My other love is handlettering. Typography has more restrictions than drawing, so it demands more technical control (and concentration).
For 'A map, not the territory', I used Googlemaps satellite-pictures; as image source and for the composition of the drawing. By making a drawing of these pictures, I made it into a map. You might say that this is the objective part of the drawing.
I added abstract forms to the drawing, to represent my personal associations with the area, that the map is a reference to. So that would be the subjective part of the drawing.
As a map this drawing is useless, because the area this map refers to, and my personal relation to it, are not given. This leaves the spectator with the drawing as is.
'Beyond Light and Darkness' is more about thought than about depicting the visual world.
Although it is, like thought, related in some way to the visual, but only as a starting point.
Light and darkness are essential for the perception of the visual world and are essential for the artist when depicting anything visual. We cannot perceive when there is only darkness and we cannot perceive when there's only light. Any distinct forms will disappear when light and darkness are not together in the picture.
So can we go beyond Light and Darkness?
In our thoughts maybe, like in philosophy we can go beyond Good and Evil; and think of them as tw
For 'Dodo' I've used sepia coloured inks. This colour is associated with old pictures, since before photos were black and white, they were sepia and white. The subject of the drawing was extinct far before photography was available, so the original imagery you find on the dodo are drawings, mostly in the form of black and white prints.
The only place the bird was found was on Mauritius a small island in the Indian Ocean. It's extinction was caused by the Dutch who occupied the island in the 17th century. Only one of the crimes of the VOC...
I put the bird on one of the strange rocks that are near Mauritius; as a pedestal.