Studio Work Update + Wifi Issues!

So I know I said last week i’d post another update but due to work and wifi issues that had to be postponed – even as I type this the internet is still temperamental so will try and schedule posts for the next week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)!

In last week’s post I explained what I was working on for my elective module. The studio module is different in that we don’t have to work to a brief (even though we can be influenced by it). My idea started when I produced a drawing of circles for the exhibition in October. Something really resonated with me when I was creating that drawing and I wanted to continue with that feeling – also the concept of transformation of both the drawing systematically and my state of mind when creating.

At one of our group critiques we had started to talk about Buddhism which reminded me of the large painting piece I created in first year. I decided to delve into researching some more and conveniently turned up the concept of Ensō:

n Zen Buddhism, an ensō (円相 , “circle”?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). – Wikipedia

Typically created with calligraphy brushes I wanted to create a modern version using fine liner pens. I decided to make this drawing very large – A0 size in fact! I’ve been counting how long it’s taken so far and I’m definitely past 24 hours (will give exact time when finished) but here’s hoping I can finish it in time, despite the hand cramps!

(the photographs are from when I started the drawing – it is much larger now!)

9 thoughts on “Studio Work Update + Wifi Issues!

  1. Hello! I’m a high school student taking art and I’m really inspired by this piece. Currently, for a project, I’m working on circles and venn diagrams, and I am really interested in doing circular drawings similar to yours (because they’re amazing!) If possible, could you please tell me how you did this? Your prints with the laser cutter are also really awesome, and I would love to know how you did those too. Thank you so much in advance and your work is amazing!

    • Wow this is a long question haha! First off it’s important to make artwork your own and not directly copy – as well as myself I would recommend looking at other artists that work with circles like Wassily Kandinsky and Richard Long. Try to look for circles in nature or the urban environment too – this way you can pull all of your inspiration together and create your own unique take on circles. It’s all about experimentation and trial and error. You can trace a drawing into Illustrator turning it into a Vector line which the laser cutter can use to cut different materials. Hope this helps you, best of luck with your studies!

      • Hello! Thank you for this wonderful reply and I’m extremely sorry for this late response. School work has been crazy :( Thank you for the wonderful tips. I really liked Kandinsky’s work and am using his work for inspiration now. Thank you so much for everything! :)

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