Roots: Going back to Traditional Art
As a professor and adviser of Multimedia Arts it’s part of my work to be dealing with computers and graphic software. Although we teach traditional skills in drawing and illustrations, it is highly overshadowed with the computer software for enhancement. I cannot disagree with this as the computer does the work faster in some cases.
So each day I am committed in front of the monitor coming up with various designs and artworks, challenging myself and the students to come up with optimal works. However as the school began this year after the holidays, I have just been checking thesis papers, submitting lesson plans, and exams. That said, it’s becoming boring once again.
Therefore I am in the procrastinating mood. But things must change. I want to go back to my artistic roots.
Understand that I am “old school” when it comes to illustrations yet I also know the value and usefulness of the computer. It’s just that it has been a while since I touched an actual pencil, and I do believe that behind every successful graphic artwork is a very good hand drawing skill.
So I started this personal project to keep me unplugged for at least two days. I want to spend my weekends quietly and in my kitchen where I work as I eat, occasionally coming out the apartment to smell the roses, literally, when my hand grows tired. This is a personal challenge. This project is to recreate the Goddess Venus, as I see her. So far I have two ideas in my head and this is the one I started this afternoon.
It’s been months since my last post on illustrations. And soon I shall post the progress along with more poetry.
This is Venus as she emerges from the sea.