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Cesar Del Valle’s drawings are in their own space… and yours


Hyperrealistic human forms? Check. Clever paper cuts that are more 3D than 2D? Check. But the colliding of the two, creating an illusion that your brain can’t ignore? Well, Cesar Del Valle’s got that one all sewn up. The Columbian artist’s black & white illustrations are photo realistic, adding to the jarring sense that the figures might actually be balancing on a pencil or in front of the wall, rather than on it. We like his self-restraint when it comes to how much the paper is manipulated. Just a string here or a tear there, but for the most part our brains complete the effect. All that empty space on the paper carries a lot of power – it’s characteristically, uh… paperish.

Julie Bender draws heat with animal drawings

Rodan sculpted in clay & bronze. Gauguin painted with oils. Cristo wrapped fabric. Julie Bender draws with heat. She practices the art of pyrography – the art of burning or scorching on wood. You may not have heard of it before, but pyrography has been around since the beginning of recorded history in Egypt and Africa. However, the art form has come a long way since then. Bender uses tools that are like a soldering iron but much more sophisticated. She can adjust the temperature and in turn control the shading, thickness, and other values of her line making. That, along with different tool tips and varying degrees of pressure allow her to create these remarkable and photo-realistic images. Her wood of choice is grade A northern maple veneer, sealed with protective finish. The natural motif she’s chosen is a fine match for her subject matter – the animal kingdom. Grouped into “Wildlife”, “Avian”, “Canine”, and “Equine”, her portfolio has something for every animal lover.

After we got over the impressive nature of Bender’s work, there were two qualities that stood out to us. It would seem that if an artist doesn’t have different colors, sizes of brushes, surfaces, etc. to work with then there would be a limit to how different each picture would look. But with the same type of wood and the same tool over & over, Bender is able to communicate very distinct surfaces and textures. The hair in a horse’s mane looks nothing like the hair of a snow monkey. The results she achieves appear limitless.

We also enjoyed the fact that some of the wood is left untouched on many of her pieces. This is probably a practical decision as well as an aesthetic one. It lets the grain of the maple become part of the image. The empty areas are an interesting contrast to her detailed mark making and remind us that these are not your typical illustrations.

Wire these drawings so amazing?

CW Roelle wire drawing 6Take a look at these drawings by Providence, RI based artist CW Roelle. We were intrigued just as much by the unique choice of medium and the effort involved as we were by Roelle’s unusual choice of subject matter. “What, drawings made out of wire? Oh, okay. What, drawings made out of wire of a guy moving his lawn? Whaa-?!”
You can see more of his intricate work in our very own neck of the woods at 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington, MA – many of the pieces are for sale.

CW Roelle wire drawing 4

CW Roelle wire drawing 2

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CW Roelle wire drawing 3

CW Roelle wire drawing 1

CW Roelle wire drawing 1 detail

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.

Oh, Senseless Drawing Bot – what inspires you?

Senseless Drawing Bot is a collaboration project + installation created by So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi with metal works supported by Hitto Asai. It appeared in the exhibition “UTOPIA no OSHIRASE” in Tokyo this past September.

This work takes advantage of the chaotic motion of the double pendulum, drawing an abstract and dynamically line in real time using a spray. It is a self-generated drawing machine. Consisting in a double pendulum, a motorized skateboard modified to determine the orientation of the pendulum by the rotary encoder attached to the fulcrum of the pendulum. Its operation is simple. In this work, has been recognized worldwide as an expression of modern “graffiti” in the act of graffiti called to eliminate the claims and the human body, by extracting the dynamism dwells in the rendering process to mimic the act. And improvisational, may sign, by presenting only the aspect of elements such as vandalism, explores the nature of this act where it is integrated, tries to connect to a new interpretation. – So Kanno

How to sew a drawing

See, that’s the thing – you go years without seeing any pin & thread art and then BAM! All of a sudden yer hip deep in artists using pins & thread.
Okay, maybe not hip deep. But we did notice a few sites this past week featuring Dominique Falla’s entry for the Positive Posters competition, “We are all a Part of the Same Thing.” We wanted to feature some work that didn’t get the same kind of hype. Debbie Smyth is a UK artist who does wall-sized illustrations that are much more organic. These pieces are part textile art, part drawing. We like that there’s no pretense about what the medium is – she’s not trying to make these appear as if they’ve been done with anything but thread and needles. Before you make a final judgement on these, we recommend you watch the video at the bottom – it includes some time-lapse footage of Smyth working on one these installations. First off, you can’t get a sense of how big these are from just the still photos. And you’ll see right away that there’re several different skills involved, along with a lot of planning.

Don’t know how to draw? Try sleeping

You’ve heard of sleep walking, but Lee Hadwin of North Wales experiences sleep drawing. Ever since age four, the 37-year old nurse has been making art in his sleep. The condition has doctors baffled – they can’t even determine what stage of sleep Hadwin is in when his creative impulses kick in. “I wake up in the morning and whatever is at the side of my bed is there,” he told the BBC. Hadwin’s learned to keep a sketchpad, brushes, and other art supplies next to his bed. Particularly now that some of his art sells for up to six figures. Sometimes drinking before bedtime will produce an episode, but other than that there don’t appear to be any triggers. Hadwin can go months without it happening, and then have 2 or 3 sessions in a week. By his own admission, he’s not a decent artist when he’s awake and he’s never studied art. “It’s never interested me at all,” says Hadwin.