As we stepped into the new year, some of you helped me prioritize what my next project would be. Most of you put the series of art pieces based on Proverbs 30 at the top of your list, and today the project has officially launched! It’s exciting for me to be making something I know many of you are interested in. I hope you enjoy following along.
Planning for the Proverbs 30 art series
To get the project in gear, I spent some time reading and re-reading the surreal poem, trying to narrow down my medium and art style. I knew I wanted the art style to have a little bit of a dystopian feel to it. One of my first thoughts on how to achieve this was using a monochromatic or black and white color palette, for starkness.
At this point, I got a little stumped, so I assessed my art-supply inventory to see if it would give me some ideas. One of the first things I noticed on my top shelf was a stack of reject sketch paper: pieces of nice paper that had either gotten wrinkled or torn in various places. I pulled the stack out, grabbed my paper cutter (not reaching under the blade side this time—I’ve learned my lesson) and sliced off the unfit edges of various pieces of paper until I had several nice 5″ x 7″ sheets.
This narrowed it down for me: to make good art pieces this size I would need to choose a very precise implement. HB pencil it was.
Here’s my desk, freshly scrubbed down from my latest watercolor mess, with my prepared tools.
After doodling on my notepad for a while to try out various sketching styles, I figured it out. I wanted something that was part abstract, part surreal—and very line-heavy. The poem has a lot of dream-like imagery, and it’s important to leave a lot of interpretative license to both myself and to people who view the art piece. Too much definition and I’m interpreting things beyond my knowledge, and leaving nothing to the imagination.
Some of the drawing style takes inspiration from my Organic Forms series, but I’m going with fewer shading effects and more line-based texture.
From Proverbs 30, verse 1:
The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
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