All around you, people stare
They evaluate your face, your clothes, your hair
You’d better make a good impression.
You’re their obsession.
You’re the center of their thoughts—
But how about this one,
Your day’s just about done
And now it’s quiet.
Whatever you want, you got it.
Who cares if what you do alone
Is consistent with how you want to be known?
Nobody’s looking, so it doesn’t matter.
But Nobody’s looking, so . . . .
About the art piece
Title: Nobody’s Looking
Dimensions: 18″ x 24,” the size of a typical poster
Materials: Charcoal on paper
I started this drawing with a rough charcoal sketch. The amount of charcoal actually on the paper below is kind of misleading, because it was mostly crushed to a powder. There was a lot of it.
The next phase of the drawing process mostly consisted of me getting really dirty. I rubbed the charcoal into the paper (and tipped the excess charcoal dust off into the garbage).
I’ve tried a variety of tools for doing this with the texture and effect I like, and I always come back to using my bare hands. You can see lots of finger strokes in the paper below.
The third stage is my favorite part (and definitely appeals to the minimalist in me). It’s where I erase away the charcoal that I previously laid down.
This third and final phase probably comprised 90% of the time that I worked on this drawing.
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