It's the first official When? Huh? What? Wednesday! post of 2014!! As is customary at the beginning of the year, it's a time for reflection, and self-growth, and resolutions for a better life in the coming year. Tabula rasa - the clean slate lets one feel a sense of starting over and starting fresh.
For me, personally, it's a time to get inspired and to kickstart a few new ideas (as well as a few dusty old ones that may have gotten left behind). I follow a lot of artists... Sometimes I think too many... But having a visceral connection to a piece of art brings me an inexplicable amount of joy. Sure, there's that initial instinct of self-deprecating "I'm not good enough...", but I've been trying to push that aside in favor of "What is it about this that grabs me? And how can I replicate that feeling in my own work?"
One of those artists is elfandiary, who is an illustrator based in Indonesia. I follow his instagram and have watched his daily draw time lapse videos several times. His style is clean, concise lines and precise, decisive shapes. The tools he uses are not ones in my wheelhouse (usually copics and pens), so there's definitely a cool factor there. But I think what I love the most is the organic lines that are so reminiscent of Art Nouveau without being an outright copy of that time period. And overall, his work's got that ethereal quality, and an understated elegance.
My hope is to work towards that similar aesthetic and practice as much as I can to reach my goals this year! Of course, it just wouldn't do to post this without some sketches. You can see the influence here, I hope... But I like to think my work has a flavor of its own too.