Friday, April 6, 2012

Aesthetic Pathways

On the train under water somewhere between San Francisco and Oakland I saw this woman working on her smart phone. My drawing book was already out and I had just finished warming up drawing a few other people. I liked the shape of her hair and saw it as a challenge, so I took it on. 

One of the greatest thrills with drawing on the train or bus is not only the challenge of recording what I see amongst the bumps of the ride, for me it's the meditative state in which I go when trapped between knowing I may only have a few seconds more before my subject moves drastically and staying calm enough in rhythm to sensually rub the paper with an imitate delicacy like that of touches exchanged by lovers. This produces countless subtle nuances of energy (SNE) in every single line, creating life in the line. These subtle nuances of energy (SNE) work together with each other forming an aesthetic network similar to the neuro pathways of our brain.

So, it's not enough to simply aim to draw what I see, I try to invest my 
essentia into every measurement of every mark birthed on the paper.

Lady deep into her smartphone
Done in about 10 - 15 mins
Ballpoint pen on paper
Dawood 2012