New drawing: Empire of the Mind

August 1, 2012

Et voila! Not exactly the masterpiece an esteemed critic would accept being hanged beside  renowned masterpieces in a modern-art gallery but nevertheless a work I’m proud of since it represents surreal elements projected from my… freakish mind with a clarity and softness barely now achieved. Hope you’ll come to find it aesthetically pleasing upon gazing the above picture of a yet unfinished “Empire of the Mind” (which obviously requires extra details, improvement hither and tither, a final polishing up and my hideous signature somewhere bottom-right). I’ve a feeling it’s going to be the beginning of a prolific period in this particular domain. Or at least I hope, in which case I pray the divinity in charge would be graceful enough to gratify it.

About the actual drawing, one can easily observe Vivien Leigh’s angelic figure dominating the composition as the main and single character depicted; she’s a face I often use to start an artistic project giving my infatuation with her intriguing persona.

Here, the “Gone with the Wind” actress unluckily had her head blown up to release the surreal world within it; elements like the greedy skull swallowing the flow of her life, the winding storm near the Ferris wheel spinning little unreadable words corresponding to the 7 sins, the flying dove on the left side and a few others should enhance the expressiveness of the theme but are also ulterior adds to my main idea. Clouds of smoke link the realistic with the inner explosion of fantastic ingredients; two Gothic towers frame “Vivien”; the cracking hole in her forehead is bound to be the viewer’s point of interest.

No surprise I genuinely adored building it all, outlining form from white paper, concentrating a whole bombastic perspective in a pencil’s tip, more or less successfully; always a wonder to open your mind and make its phantasmagorias visible to the public.

So let me know how you like it (or how you don’t, why not?).


5 Responses to “New drawing: Empire of the Mind”

  1. Susan Abernethy Says:

    I love it Madame! I can understand your obsession with Vivien Leigh. She had an aethereal beauty which you have captured in this work.

    • thank you! indeed, she was one of those sylph-kind of beauty but what I adore most is the intriguing way in which she has succeeded to combine it with magnetizing charm and wit, although these elements don’t appear in a mere drawing

  2. Susan Ozmore Says:

    I think it’s beautiful! I like the idea, but her face is arresting. You have really captured her beauty and a thoughtful expression which matches the idea of the many things that could inhabit her thoughts.

  3. Hi I came upon you via somebody you follow. I live in New York, and can tell you in fact that an esteemed NY critic would indeed consider your work as worthy in a modern art gallery here. It’s as good as a Shepard Fairey (who’s mostly known for street art but has high caliber draftsmanship such as yours). Meaning you could work/sell to animation, publishers, fine art, etc.

    Unfortunately, installation artists have taken over the scene here-and most of it seems a futile effort to manufacture an idea of it as a progression of what great art is today..but in my opinion fails to render the caliber of work that the best from art history made us heirs to..the beauty of drawing, painting and traditional sculpture. In NY, the idea of art as beautiful (surrealistic or not) has waned. Keep up your wonderful work.

    BTW: What are the dimensions?

    Good luck,

    • well, lahary, first of all thank you for the warm appreciation of my art (it is indeed encouraging to find a sort of recognition for what one simply does as a hobby! 🙂 ) I too agree our modern ways have lead us to a point where art, stripped bear of history’s influence, became utterly, terribly bad. In fact, I sort of aspire to restore its beauty, somehow.
      about the dimensions: they’re quite modest since it only started as a simple sketch. A4 paper size and that’s mainly the reason why I couldn’t elaborate the upper part scene…
      once again thank you,

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