Blind Eyed Turned

 

Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12"x12"

Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″x12″

This was the first piece I completed after a seven-week hiatus in which I was coaching a couple of youth soccer teams. (It’s hard to find the time to do art properly when you’re working on it outside of a full-time job and running practices four nights a week.)
I’m still undecided how to feel about this one. I had some unusual technical problems with my pens, which may have to do with the change in humidity as winter comes on, and that affected the quality of the larger dark areas. There are also a few places where the work didn’t come out quite as well as it usually does. However, I’m pleased with the overall effect. The content references the horrendous suffering of the people fleeing Syria, and of the non-European areas of the world largely ignoring the problem – The U.S., for example, has taken in all of around 1,700 people so far.

Strange Waves

Strange Waves. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6

Strange Waves. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

I’m pretty pleased with how this came out, which is surprising even to me, as I almost threw it away after about a third of it was done. I wasn’t happy with the way some parts were developing (particularly the eye and checkerboard pattern), but I managed to work through the problems and finish with something satisfactory. I’d have liked to put a little more time into this one, but I have another larger piece I’m preparing for a show, and I need to ensure it’s done in a timely fashion. Perhaps I’ll come back to it at some point in the future.

Update: I forgot to mention that the robot and rocket are a reference to the time I spent at MakerFaire Detroit this year. Man was that fun!