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Automatism: surreal art from the subconscious

Automatism: surreal art from the subconscious

What is automatism? Automatism is an unusual drawing or painting technique that you can use to create surreal art. When you use it, you bypass the thoughts you’re conscious of thinking, and instead, you allow your subconscious to drive. Using automatism in art...
Confession: I really need attention

Confession: I really need attention

“OK, I gotta get this off my chest.” I caught pace with a college buddy as we left class. “Uh, all right. What’s up?” I jumped right in. “Right before I left my desk during break, I turned to a page in my notebook with the most interesting sketch I’d made, and left it...
How to Discriminate (surreal line drawing)

How to Discriminate (surreal line drawing)

Reality happens, but you can happen back. You can sharpen your reflexes to happen back faster. Soon, you’ll be anticipating its moves like a Jedi, or some character from a poorly thought-out time travel film. You’ll never beat it. You’ll never master it. You’ll never...
The Lost Ones (surreal mixed media piece)

The Lost Ones (surreal mixed media piece)

It’s over. The nightmares stopped, and everything is dark now. There is only silence. Nothing else. Nowhere to go. You have to let dreams rise to the surface; otherwise they’ll never get out. But now there’s no out. You’ve turned out the lights for good, and we’re...
Delete Memory (mixed media drawing)

Delete Memory (mixed media drawing)

You curate the surface of your life Weeding out what you don’t like But the reality of you is formed outside of this Your mind trapped within the bounds of everything you’ve ever done It would be nice if you could pick and choose which realities to delete...
The Obedient One (surreal painting)

The Obedient One (surreal painting)

He ventures onward, Invading darkness with a crimson creed. Though madness beckons with the songs of slain, His feet are forward, and his heart is true. So blaze a trail, and blaze it well, With fire stronger than flames of hell. Your sacrifices were not in vain, But...
How to get surrealism ideas for art

How to get surrealism ideas for art

Some people come up with surreal art ideas left and right. They might not even know how they get these ideas—it’s like a creative lightning bolt to the brain. Some of us are struck with these idea bolts all day every day, and for others of us, we’re lucky...
Organic form drawings (a surreal art series)

Organic form drawings (a surreal art series)

This collection, titled Organic Form Drawings, is an ever-growing colorful series of tiny detailed art pieces made using automatism. You can explore the whole gallery here, featuring over 60 small pencil drawings. See the organic form drawings   Facts (organic...
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