Delicate forms, building the basis of the ocean’s food chain. My first choice : watercolor. Paper warps, it’s a bit thin, I put it under books and it will be ok tomorrow. I’ll continue to experiment with this form of drawing and painting.
It has been a week now that I definitely left my dayjob in order to become a full time artist. It was time, and I wonder why I have not done it earlier. On the other hand, you have to feel ready to take action like that, and leave all the secret fears behind you (artist = poor:).
I am rich, and I’m not talking about money. I’m thinking in terms of “ideas, visions” I am wealthy, I am a millionaire and I want to share that fortune…
I have to find my own rythm in this new life.
Now it (ideas in the form of drawings and paintings etc) can just bubble out of me, I give time and energy to those ideas and then take them outside so that others can see them. With Kim we are preparing the artmarket in Germany on June 23 (she’ll arrive here in Paris next Sunday) and our exhibition there together with a third artist, Verena from Germany.
I’m into Plankton, Whales and Shipwrecks and will give you more images soon.
Oh, also: finally Summer has arrived, olé !
Corto Maltese looks like one of those contemporary male models you can see on tv and in magazines, representing luxury perfumes or designer clothes….but I guess he’s tougher !
He is tall, slim and handsome in his uniform of the merchant marine. He carries his head high, has an impressive lower jaw. He looks relaxed and concentrated at the same time. Sometimes he seems to meditate before the action catches up with him again. He is an adventurer. You meet him in Siberia, in Malaysia, in China, in Africa…
The women around Corto are adventurers too, they love their independance and often fight for a cause. They are beautiful, enigmatic, brave, often hard-edged. They can be mysterious and haughty but they always like Corto Maltese, even if sometimes they work against him.
Corto’s women are Russian Countesses, Singaporean fortune tellers, Malaysian pirates, Irish partisans, African queens and Arab desert princesses…
The women often wear colorful and artful headdresses, hats, hairdresses, earrings, hair jewelry.
They look fearless, they lead dangerous lives. They know that life has a cost anyway: death. The titles of the stories they live in evoke all kind of emotions: “SCORPIONS OF THE DESERT”, or “SAMBA WITH FIXED TARGET”. Please note that these are my sketches of Hugo Pratt’s drawings but
I don’t want to imitate Hugo Pratt….I just would like to honor him with these drawings, and learn from him how he managed to master the black and white excellence…light and shadow simplified….which is a very complicated thing. And I love the movement he creates in all of his images, there’s always a wind blowing, bringing the image to life.
I spent more than 2 hours in the exhibition, dreaming away with Corto Maltese, admiring the watercolor paintings. Hugo Pratt said: “I would love to be able to make everything understood with one simple line“
In fact, people in the metro, while I drew other people, have said to me several times that my drawings and watercolor sketches remind them those of Hugo Pratt, I had never thought of that before but I sure feel very honoured by those comments and it’s true that I feel very close to his art…
Hugo Pratt was Italian, a cosmopolitan, who travelled a lot and took his inspiration in places all over the world, a globetrotting storytelling cartoonartist:)
Exhibition “Hugo Pratt’s Imaginary Journey” at the Pinacothèque de Paris http://www.pinacotheque.com/en.html
HEREUNDER are the drawings I made standing in front of the REAL dolls, exhibited behind glass in the Musée du Quai Branly. Wow, very different, don’t you think? I didn’t want to color them, as I haven’t taken notes about the REAL colors. I guess I have to go back to the exhibition and do that!
And these are three dolls I drew two or three days after my visit of the exhibition, letting my mind go free, just taking the Katsina dolls as an inspiration. Funny how more European those look:)
This drawing on an ARCHE postcard is inspired by Hopi Katsina dolls.
The Katsinam are approx. 20 to 30 cm high, if I remember well, and they are’nt toys. They were used by the HOPI tribe to teach children certain rituals and the meaning of them. I drew these during my visit at the Musée Quai Branly at the beginning of the month. They were exhibited in a special exhibition called: THE FACTORY OF IMAGES.
I also found this interesting site about katsina dolls at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, in case you are interested to learn more about the katsina.