David Habben lets drawings develop on their own

We really like how David Habben’s approach to art has nothing to do with high-tech video artistry. Or an elaborate installation of lights in a remote forest. And he can’t be accused of abstract conceptualism. Habben creates unique and beautiful illustrations by using a simple challenge that he gave himself: draw a random shape and fill it in with a character that conforms to that shape. Just good ol’ fashioned creative drawing. Maybe that’s why they really stand out.

With this sketchbook, I’ve been challenging my creativity by starting first with a simple shape, drawn without the end goal in mind. Once the shape is drawn, I go about filling it with a character that develops a story of its own. The idea here is to get out of my own way, to let the drawing develop itself without forcing it into a desired narrative or purpose.

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