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May 28, 2003
James Paterson

James Paterson was born in London in 1980. His work can be seen on two sites. Griff of ultramicroscopic sent me the link to presstube.com this morning. I then later discovered halfempty.com and the incredible insertsilence.com. I contacted James and hope to find out more about his work process. So far, all I know is from the description of his work on youworkforthem.com I hope they will all forgive me for quoting James here, it is all with good intentions:

"These drawing were done with the help of a piece of software I wrote. The software is a simple arrangement engine that creates static compositions using animation as its source material. I explore the compositions and make selections of anything I find that interests me. Then I make pen drawings based on those selections."
-James Paterson

I like this work. Six individual drawings were available for sale on "youworkforthem", for the fair price of $99. Which ones do you like most? (Available or not.) My favorites are #5 and #9, mainly because of their variety of density within the piece. I am obviously interested in various forms of density in drawings.
I really hope that James keeps on course. I like his animations as well. I am looking forward to seeing more of his work online and offline.


You are probably familiar with Robert Crumb the underground comic artist. There is a book called Crumb Family Comic that contains illustrations from other family members (an amazingly talented, but tortured family). One of his brothers uses a technique similar to some of your density drawings. It conveys an amazing sense of both density and volume. In particular I remember seeing an illustration of a tree made from these "density rings" (for lack of a better term), it was fascinating.

I have googled every possible lead but am unable to find a scan of the illustrations. you may have to venture out into meat space, and find a good bookstore. Plenty of those in NY, I assume!

Posted by: griff on May 29, 2003 12:44 PM
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