|Unused original approach to AKATA WARRIOR, graphite on paper.|
It was seen as too-spidery by all.
One of the most essential truths in art, at least by my reckoning, is that art in its noble and pure form is definitively un-racist. Not that it hasn't been or will not continued to be used to promote racial agendas both good and bad- I mean that the act of making art- the act of seeing is removed from the social judgements and cultural realities that come later. Art is objectification at it's most pure- it turns or sees people places and subjects as objects from an observational standpoint. So when you are tackling something racial or depicting someone from another tribe be it a Maori warrior, a Swedish businessman, or an ancient Hun, leaning hard on this aspect of art-making can be a tremendous help as a starting point. It affords you to see and study the physical characteristics of the subject without importing your own b.s., from which is where you will either make a bold/progressive statement or do something dumb. So observe, study and analyze as if you were an alien visiting this subject. Try to see it all as new, make no presumptions or take anything for granted. Recognize the inherent narcissism we all delve in that causes us to make pictures of other humans look a bit like us, and keep it in check. Be conscious of your own corner-cutting, and submit to the the demands of research and study. They won't save you from every error, but they can steer you clear of most of the sharpest stones.
|Final graphite drawing of AKATA WITCH|
|FINAL COVER for AKATA WITCH w/o text and title|
|final graphite drawing for AKATA WARRIOR|
|Final Cover for AKATA WARRIOR w/o text & title|
Hope everyone has a terrific holiday and an even better 2017!