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