Saturday, December 24, 2011

sketchbook explorations

I've been doing some thinking over the break; like, "Who am I in regards to my art?", and, "What do I have to contribute?" Constantly I am berated by thoughts of plagiarism and hero-worship.

Let's get one thing straight: I fucking love James Jean. It worries me; I admire his work so much so that when I look at a blank page in my sketchbook I see a piece by James, not by me. There are a few artists whose personal vision is so refined and pure that the work temporarily blinds me to all other options and outcomes. Andrew Hem puts me in a similar place- among others I won't bother to mention.

I've decided that although I would most definitely gain some sort of sick satisfaction from being able to imitate James (who wouldn't?), I know I have much more to gain from eventually refining my own work down to its own purity...That satisfaction, I'm sure, will be long overdue.

For now I am content to allow these people to inform my work but not dictate it; in the meantime, I must broaden my own influences.

I'll be posting some more sketchbook work up soon, once I get some good quality photos.


  1. Haha I have similar issues with Ashely Wood and Dice Tsutsumi. Cant wait to see what creations you bring forth.

  2. I wouldn't worry so much about it, Dan. We're all so young, still! Our personal points of view will make themselves known to us. I feel the same way about George at times, but we all work through our influences to arrive at something unique. But I don't need to tell you this, you already know!

    Nice piece!