At a museum in Florence, I bought a book of Donato Di Zio’s work in pen and ink. I have no idea what it says, as the text is entirely in Italian, but his remarkable drawings are so engaging I couldn’t put the book down; it just had to ride home in my backpack so I could peruse its contents many times over.
Some of his work is reminiscent of a Native American style of sorts; at least that’s what came to mind upon first viewing. So fluid with motion, and little color to distract. I love how he uses thousands of little sperm-like creatures to make the piece come alive with movement.
The Japanese artist, Sagaki Keita creates amazing drawings of classic works of art and other iconic images with a whimsical twist–look closely: the drawings are in fact made up of hundreds of cartoonish doodles.
I guess you could say he has raised doodling to a fine art!
Painting and drawing and collage-ing helps tremendously in igniting the process of writing for me. The act of drawing (on paper with pens & paint; not Photoshop…which has another purpose) loosens the over-structured, root-bound approach I often take (hold-over from graduate school maybe…all those papers) and lets in a deeper, more soulful indulgence to create without rules.
I sorely need that, and give myself permission to sketch and paint and take photographs for no real or imagined immediate purpose; except the knowing that you never know.
You never know how an image or poem or doodle may be used at a later time, and weave its golden thread through another fresh and creative project.