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February 05, 2003
Subway series 28-29

Hmm, how can these pages be explained? On the left, obviously an organically grown drawing. It is one of the complex, or high density drawings, one that does not follow a formal composition but is almost grown on the page. I begin these by setting energy centers. (They happen to be little crosses here, for some reason...) I then make the drawing grow slowly further and further on the page. Some of the drawings are timed, some are limited by other their size, some interact with other drawings.
And the drawing on the right? Monsters? They are just little friends. One of them actually carries the cross from the drawing on the left hand side.
I think I drew these guys there, because I had just spent a substantial time drawing line next to line next to line, in little circles over and over again. These monsters are a good balance to that, at least in a little sketchbook.
Am I explaining too much? Does this sound as if I wanted to apologize for something? Oh no, I hope not. ; )

I somehow have the feeling that this was not drawn on the subway either. Maybe on the plane? Who knows. ; )


you know these high density drawings remind me so much of this type of jade plant my mum used to have tons of... [it's also reminds me of japanese drawings]... but back to those jade plants, they were succulents... i put one in a corner in a garage one time and didn't water it and give it light to see how long it would last... after a year of neglect, it was still alive, trying to grow new shoots... not in good shape but still alive.

[weird... i just a feelin' of deja vu.]

Posted by: - s - on February 5, 2003 12:31 AM

grrrr... i forgot to type "got"... btw, nice monsters... friendly lookin' and not at all intimidating.

Posted by: - s - on February 5, 2003 12:34 AM

These are great Witold!!! Thanks for sharing your book; every day I check here for new pages, never to be disapointed!! Thanks!

Posted by: Pat on February 5, 2003 12:42 AM

wondeful monsters. i esp. love the little one hiding beneath the biggest one. very nice. :)
and the very ordinary bird roosting on its head. such an ordinary real life occurance- birds roosting. nice that you incorporated fantasy and the ordinary... almost makes the whole picture believable. nice. :)

Posted by: Vikki on February 5, 2003 08:11 AM

There's a childrens book I read when I was a kid. The swedish title translates something like "Monsters everywhere" or "Lots of monsters" (but I think the book was originally written in english).

Anyway, the sky looked like your drawing - when the big tyfoon monster came. He sucked up the sea, with everything in it, and then he got sick and threw up... and everything rained down - fishes, fishermen and their boats and starfish...

You're picture reminds me of that book. And how much I like monsters.


Posted by: Niina on February 5, 2003 10:59 AM

What a happy day. : )

Posted by: witold on February 5, 2003 11:32 AM

I've always just doodle in the blank space of my notebooks during class (either lined paper or engineering paper) but you have inspired me. Today on my walk home from classes for lunch I went out of my way to walk by the bookstore and I bought myself a cute little blank sketch book. I can't wait to start filling the pages (during classes of course ::wink::)

Posted by: Ducky on February 5, 2003 11:45 AM

My favourite of the always wonderful subway drawings... I love your dense pattern drawings, they have a certain Asian feeling to them...

Posted by: matilda on February 5, 2003 12:02 PM

i love how these drawings work across the spread; i imagine you composed them separately? but they look great together.

Posted by: rebecca on February 5, 2003 12:30 PM

wonnnnnnnderful stuff :)

Posted by: shauna on February 5, 2003 05:00 PM

Absolutely lovely. I love the high density stuff, and those monsters look quite friendly.

Posted by: Naz on February 5, 2003 05:44 PM

Funny, I felt the monsters were very very sad, looking at a tragic event.

Posted by: Suzanne on February 5, 2003 06:16 PM
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