If you’re looking for some inspiration to create, I highly recommend hanging out with Austin Kleon. He is a wonderful artist and also an incredibly generous one at that. Buy his books, listen to him on podcasts and find him on YouTube. I was SUPER JAZZED as he admires cartoonist extraordinaire Lynda Barry as much as I do!
I have read his books a few years ago, but decided to listen to them this week on Audible. There are countless gems but One of the things he suggests is to create with your hands and not on the computer.
The computer is not an ideal place to create your work. It makes you anxious, gives way to distraction and basically sucking the life out of you.
I had left over paper from when my printer printed out 532 sheets of gibberish. It also crossed my mind that the gibberish of numbers and ASCII characters were actually aliens from a far away galaxy were talking to my printer.
Either way, I appreciated how it adds to the weirdness of these two.
I didn’t really know much about Noguchi except he had designed a mass produced table that some people loved.
It was so great to see his process and how his mind worked.
Even though he had many pieces where he used several different mediums, the through line and evolution of his work cohesive and in harmony.
I especially loved seeing his sketches and ideas penciled on the page before he jumps into the materials. Pushing movement with materials that we mostly associate with stability and stillness (metal, wood, glass etc.)
The form follows his imagination, not the materials.
He draws freely and playfully and occasionally adding emphasis with darker markings.
I was also jazzed to see his collab with the famed modern dancer, Martha Graham.
Apparently the article ends with saying that Brancusi did not have a pleasant relationship with Rodin, however Noguchi had a fine mentor in Brancusi:
“Unlike his mentor, whose takeaway from Rodin was negative — Brancusi didn’t want to create sculptures like the great French sculptor or run a Beaux-Arts factory-studio — Noguchi’s apprenticeship provided a lifetime of lessons.
Brancusi was a tree under which an artist could grow.“
I’ve been taking this course with Maru Godas from Domestika and I love it!
I like how she is passionate she is about the this medium. She is passionate about gouache and sketching her surroundings and I also enjoy her playful and joyful approach to teaching. When she talks about using gouache and her techniques you get the feeling that she REALLY knows gouache and delights in the process.
She starts us off by using and observing black gouache and how it looks with more and more water.
Then we go from white to dark. My white is looking splotchy and sloppy as I try to figure how to work with it.
For my cartoons I usually work in black and white and this is a refreshing way of doing things differently. It forces me out of a comfort zone and I observe the paint’s viscosity, texture and vibrance.
I see a lot of things that I can do better (making the paint more consistent) and at the same time it’s a lot of fun.
I enjoy the fact that Maru does these exercise to see how we can manipulate the medium. If we jumped right into color, we might not have noticed the nuances.
She is joyful and knowledgeable and I have thoroughly enjoyed this class. (No sponsorship, just me working with my hands.)