After finishing my last drawing book, Interplanetary Ambassador, I knew I had made a mistake in the way I was thinking about the art of a drawing book. If you’ll remember, I said I finished that book in about 8 months. Well, this new book will take 4 years to finish. It’s called Family Resemblances because everything in it sort of looks like it belongs; nothing is quite the same as everything else, but it isn’t separate either. You know? Anyway, I got the name from Ludwig Wittgenstein which you can read about here if you want to. It’s not that I was reading Wittgenstein so much as I think I was listening to a lecture about him. Or something like that. The name stuck in my brain and it seemed to work well for this book.
|We got some natural history action here. Birds will fly into windows and I will try not to let them go to waste.|
I say this book took four years to make. That’s because I had gotten my MFA, moved away for “work” and had a baby (my wife actually had the baby; but I was there!). All of a sudden I found that life was not so amenable to me spending untold hours toiling away in my drawing books. It’s a big book, no doubt, but not that big, for Pete’s sake. I was just unsettled and not able to work on my artwork. It happens.
|Oh, yeah! Collage! The bull skull on the right was one of the greatest Christmas gifts I have ever gotten.|
I went back, more or less, to the every-page-is-a-work-of-art model that I had gotten into before. That’s okay I guess because I really love this book! There are plenty of pages that I still like very much. In fact, there are so many that I will split this post into two. But isn’t that self indulgent? I suppose so, and thank you for asking. Certainly you are concerned – especially in this season of Lent – that I am too focused on myself. Well, the thing is, this is my blog where I write about my own work. So I guess it’s okay.
|Minotaurs and Monsters – a Clark classic.|
|This one had a lot of impact on later artwork for me. It’s genesis (pun!) goes all the way back to Natural History and will continue into a few linocuts that I made as illustrations for the book The Beginning: A Second Look at the First Sin published by Square Halo Books.|
|Here’s another one that grew legs and made its way into a larger painting which you can read about here.|
Next time I’ll write more about what some of these images are about.