Friday, 9 January 2009

Forger

I always envy people with genuine artistic talents and, by artisitic talents, I mean people who can draw and paint. Partly because I read a shedload of comics and would like to be able to illustrate my own ideas and partly because I'm an artsy-fartsy creative type with a bit of a knack for writing who like to be more multi-faceted in an artsy-fartsy way.

I'm not totally without drawing ability but it's more the ability to forge someone else's drawings than anything else. I'm a reasonably good copyist but coming up with my own original drawings has always somehow been beyond me. I guess it's because copying and freeform drawing are extremely different things. When I'm copying a drawing, I'm almost looking at it in a mathematical way - the relation and distances between one line and another. My spacial awareness is second to none. Ask me to sketch something original and I don't know where to begin.
Back in the teenage years and into the twenties, I channelled this into painting murals. I was somehow able to take these picture and blow them up into something larger. Below are some examples...

Bedroom Wall - circa 1994:-




Gotham City mural for friend's 40th birthday party (completed with help from friends):-


There's some minor ability there but I'd like to be able to come up with original creations rather than just copying other people's. At the moment, though, my main focus should be to finish off my feature film but maybe once that's done I'll start seeing if I can develop a bit of artistic skill...

4 comments:

Rachel Tamed said...

I share your "talent" in a way. I can copy things I love, but when I try to create something of my own, I am too much of a perfectionist and it never flows.

You did some nice work there, anyway :)

That Baldy Fella said...

I always feel kind of like I've cheated somehow...

Thanks for the compliment!

foxxy said...

maybe you should take pictures of things that you'd like to draw and copy those, that way it would be an original composition but you'd still have something concrete to compare it to. that's what most artists do, it's what i do when i try to draw something serious. i like your work.

That Baldy Fella said...

I have tried but that's where my artistic "ability" starts to fall down... Thanks, glad you liked them!