Drawing - Charcoal On Paper
Anima � 2008
This is a self-portrait of the things I am composed of. The girl is there because I love women; there�s no such thing as enough. She has black hair which represents darkness and the �gothic� outlook I have on life (I say gothic, but that�s just a very loose term to give you an idea of what I mean. More accurate would be �realistic,� but how would I represent that with hair color?). Obviously she�s nude. This is not because I like drawing nudes (although I do, very much) but is representative of purity and innocence. I like to believe that no matter how bad things get, there�s still innocence and purity somewhere. That maybe a delusion though. On the bottom there is my electric-acoustic guitar which I love playing. Music is a huge part of my life. I can never answer the question of whether I would choose blindness or deafness. The bottle of wine represents sophistication and class. I like to think I have those qualities. On the stand, there sits a book. I do a lot of reading in my spare time, mostly on subjects of ancient and alternative history, mythology and conspiracies. I spend a lot of time thinking and reflecting on things, analyzing over and over. To represent this, the pose the girl is in is purposefully similar to �The Thinker� by Auguste Rodin. Upon the book sits a cup of brushes and pencils, for the obvious reason that I am an artist. I have been my entire life, and will be until I die. I won�t bore you with how much it means to me.
I�m a much better draw/sketch artist then I am a painter, but this is because paint supplies cost, and drawing supplies are very cheap. The girl is the only thing I drew from a photograph, the rest was drawn from observation; objects which were sitting in front of me. The two words in this piece are �truth� and �beauty� (which I drew freehand). As an artist, I believe these are the two elements that matter most in life. To be able to draw something that you are proud of, and that turns out as good as you can possibly get it, you need to find the beauty in it�no matter what it is. This does not necessarily mean physical beauty. Beauty can be in any form. The word �truth� is upside down because (I have found) the truth often is. The world, form what I have learned, is nothing like you think it is.
I hope you have enjoyed this piece and enjoyed reading about it. I gave you my interpretation of it, but if you see yourself in it somehow (all art is interpretive in some way), I encourage you to contact me to buy a copy for yourself so you can continue to enjoy it and share it with others.
February 26th, 2009
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