My favorite tool around the house is a plunger – not for cleaning drains but for artistic inspiration….
What’s your favorite household tool? Mine is a plunger. I really like them. Not that I had many blocked up drains, I think they are curious artifacts and I always have some (unused ones) on my shelf. But is has to be the original rubber plunger with the wooden handle. I like to look at them and sometimes they squeeze into my drawings.
As they find them inspiring and fun, I wanted to dedicate them a post and share some drawings and interpretations dealing with plungers. I included them as feet in some of my creatures, and I tried stamping with a plunger using its footprints as the base for a drawing.
About a drawing of a rabbit and its variations: still the same lines, but a different expression.
One of the wire rabbits of my earlier post started off as a pencil drawing, just to explore ideas and lines to sculpt in wire. I never bend the wires following exactly the traces of a drawing, normally I use it just for inspiration.
So, while the wire sculpture was about to be created, I went on playing with the drawing, adding basic colors and contrasts to it.
Step by step the drawing took on it’s own character, and the rabbit on the drawing ended up living in two parallel worlds, a 3 dimensional, linear one and a 2 dimensional colorful one – but they still are related, a bit like distant cousins.
Sculpting with wire is very fun – wether it’s lamps or sculptures of some creatures animals. It’s probably a memory of my activities years ago as a gold- and silbersmith that keeps me getting back to this material on an almost regular basis.
I work with two kinds of steal wire: This simple wire they have on construction sites to string wooden boards together for formwork I use for drawing the lines and combine them with a really thin Jeweler’s binding wire.
This time I started out with a bunny-girl that’s more or less two dimensional, with some patience you can get her to stand on her own, so there is a little hint of a third dimension, not very much of a depth though.
So, for the second one I wanted to make sure he is easier to handle and created this 3D sitting rabbit.
While it is still cool here in the Spanish mountains, around this time of year it’s time to think about where our bikini body went… Not sure how the chances are to get it back, but it’s worth a try.
The two friends on today’s drawing are right into it already. Ms. Dollyduck is trying on her bathing gear and Mr. Musclemouse is lifting weight and working out to get strong and impress the mouse girls.
Remember, it’s important to celebrate every little success – so after an intensive work-out enjoy some sweet cherries…. have a great week and don’t forget to treat yourself well!
Lampshade for floor lamp post with steal wire and African trading beads
After making some hanging lamps, I decided to explore the possibility of upright lampshade for a floor lamp that had lost its shade and was reduced to be basically a post with a lightbulb.
It looks like the shade effects are more intensive in this kind of lamp, because the light is projecting lines and shades onto the ceiling and walls. I used African glass beads and steal wire to build up the structure, no welding or gluing involved.
Let your mind run free in your sketchbook – there are some interesting discoveries to be made.
As I started out this year thinking quite hard about all the goals to achieve, the directions to take, the priorities to set, it all got a little intense and I decided to take a break and just draw whatever came out. Sketching without thinking too much, just letting things go….
I found some details in these quick drawings that I found quite interesting – just taken on their own as abstract pieces.Have a nice week and don’t forget to play!
Love bird collage: See the video recorded during the process!
Just got started with the collages using book pages, and I really enjoy working more on this idea, it’s fun!
Without having detailed idea what picture I wanted to create, I just doodled along, cut the shapes, stuck them in my sketchbook and started painting. Sometimes it feels good to just let the natural process go on and take little decisions on the fly without thinking too long about them.
See a short making-of-video I recorded while doing one of this week’s sketches: