Of Blobs and Potatoes
Viva le kalabaw! Viva il kalesa!, Detail, 42.75 x 34.25" / 108.585 x 86.995 cm, Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Paper, 2016
“Cookie cutter people.”
“Amoebas with hair.”
“Why don’t they have fingers?”
These are a few of things I’ve heard about my work over the long years I’ve depicted what I just call blobs in my art. I remember trying to, explain myself once or twice in a couple of those descriptions of your work that you put in the exhibit proposals you give to a gallery. But I guess I never, you know. Explained myself properly ^_^;
On the cusp of my second exclusively online show, half of which comprises blobs, I thought now might be a good time to, ‘explain’ how and why I draw and paint this way. And since the other half comprises what I just call potatoes, which one might say evolved out of the blobs, I thought I might take the opportunity to explain those, too.
Not that I feel I need to explain anything to anyone, of course. Just on the off chance anyone might be interested or even mildly curious, or something ^o^;
As a writer who’s had occasion to interview people for articles without any means of recording~ no, I don’t actually know shorthand XD
But we all went to school at some point and know what it’s like to take notes in class.
And, if I may, share something a wee bit personal here, growing up I had developed my own little pictograms which I used in my diaries and such and which I still use to some extent today.
These pictograms may have been the result of these ‘brown books’ we had back home. There was a book on ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and Cro-Magnon man, that kinda thing.
So I was heavily into hieroglyphics and Egyptian mythology and cave paintings. It was just so much easier or quicker to draw a sun or a cow instead of write the word ‘sun’ or ‘cow’ (cuter too lol).
I guess it was because of that I started using blobs as sort of, way to depict my own cave paintings or tribal art and it kind of just became a habit.
As I grew older, before I went to art school (but after I’d discovered comics ^o^) I started using the pictograms and the blobs for planning or making thumbs for my work.
You know how when people like to jot things down in a notebook they keep handy? So they won’t forget an idea or some eureka moment or flash of brilliance that came to them in the shower (or close by XD)? It’s kind of like that with blobs, for me.
So the blobs in my notebook on the left were thumbs for the blobs on the right...