INSPIRED by BEN SHAHN

14th January 2013

At the moment I find myself in the very early stages of developing new work.

I find that this is really exciting stage, as I tend to explore lots of different design ideas at the same time, before deciding on which are the best ideas to take forward.

Over the past year I have been quite busy building the starting blocks of my design business, that my design and development routine has been a little disrupted!

This year, I plan to re-address this, and get back to a more balanced routine of development, leaving loads of room for this experimental stage….and I hope this blog will help me along the way.

So to start off with, I would like to introduce you to, or re-familiarise you with the artist Ben Shahn (1898 – 1969).

At the moment I am experimenting with drawing, and looking toward some of my favourite artists for inspiration, and Ben Shahn is one of my absolute favourites.

Ben Shahn

He possesses a distinctive, rough, linear style, which is full of energy and character that you get with a really quick first sketch.

He always reminds me to take a more relaxed approach to drawing, and not to over think the the marks that I am making.

Ben Shahn

I love  the way it seems as though his pen never leaves the page, and this is often an approach I use to relax me into drawing when I am feeling rusty.

Ben Shahn

In fact I think that some of my favourite drawings have been created this way, as I know how much fun I had making them.

Ben Shahn

All Images taken from the book Ben Shahn published 1957 by George Brazillier inc. Written by James Thrall Soby.

Can you think of any artists or designers who work in a similar way?

 

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