Despite the insanely busy lives that most creatives lead, I think it is incredibly important to find a little time every so often to refer to those who we admire and those who inspire. Our guru’s of the art and design world probably have a bigger impact on our styles and imaginations than we think. Not only do I believe it is important to top up this information every now and then, but I feel it is a really worthwhile exercise to give up on your own practice for an evening and to jump into the shoes of someone else’s. I find it so relaxing to sit in front of the TV and draw someone else’s artwork, it makes for a liberating change not be held accountable for every pen stroke and mental decision being made. I feel it frees up the mind so you can approach your own work again with a fresh head. Especially for illustrators/ printmakers/ drawers alike, you can learn so much from drawing in someone else’s style and you never know when a little trick will come in handy for you someday.
This week I referred to one of my most treasured books, Sigmund Freud by Ralph Steadman which has 118 pages back to cover of some of my utmost favorite illustrations in the world. As this week is a busy working week for me, I only gave it a little bit of time, but I have a feeling that the notion of cross hatching- which is something I haven’t done in a long while- will creep merrily back into my notebook fairly soon.