Saturday, June 05, 2010

To everything, there is a story

When you are doing an illustration or a sketch just for yourself, it feels like every line you put down has a story. Why are you drawing this? You aren't doing it for money, and you (hopefully) aren't doing it to get any fame. As a prospective commercial artist, I still try to eke out my own personal chunk of art time, because it's something I love and want to hang on to. I feel like each drawing I do for myself tells the story of myself in that moment of time. More on storytelling later- for now, a bunch of sketches, each with a story.
Totoro was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid (when I still wanted to be a big time actress in the "Movies"). I think it was the theme song.
I was listening to the Decemberists' ballad "The Bandit Queen" on the train. Markers are perfect for train ride.
The people around me make for good subjects too. I love the Gold Line particularly, because everyone seems to fall asleep.
Back to 4th year film stuff. And a good chance to muck around with liquid watercolors. Kids and bright colors seem to go together.
A friend of mine mentioned my self "poor"traits at work the other day, and I decided it was time to revisit the concept. In case you're wondering, this is exactly how I look.
Another Decemberists' ballad, this time a jolly mariner. 
I read an article on the Mars Rover freezing up on Mars- The irony of something freezing on what we always imagined to be a red hot landscape is so perfect. How do you capture the desolation, and the frigid, rocky landscape of a planet like Mars? I'd like to revisit that sometime soon.
My cousin was playing through Red Dead Redemption- a solid cowboy/GTA game with the ability to change outfits. Like, Omigosh!! (But seriously, ponchoooos.)
I saw a cloud that looked like this.
We work on a part of Hollywood with all the old film stars' names- Pickford especially, is right outside the cafe I sit in for my morning coffee. So sometimes, I sit and I draw silent film stars.


This is pure paintplay- blobs and bleeds and wash runs. 
And then, of course, there's the days where you just wanna draw babes. That happens too

Kudos to anyone who read all of that- it's weird how each drawing is something different. Something to think about next time you're casually flipping through someone's sketchbook. Next time you see something you like, ask them what they were thinking when they drew it.

5 comments:

Shanna said...

Great stuff! The Decemberists always fill my head with imagery, and your self portrait is hilarious. XD

Trenino said...

Yay! I have kudos!
*fiendishly gathers up kudos and rubs it all over self*
uuuuuhhhhho ho ho ho ho
...

DON'T JUDGE MEEE

Ashlyn said...

Thanks Shanna and Trenino!! :D I love listening to music when I draw. Ballads always tell such concise stories too.

Carla Veldman said...

ashlyn - I really like your water-colour work here. I think what you say about personal work (something I do far less than I should or previously have, unfortunately) is true; I have a couple sketchbooks I crammed full in high school and everytime I flip through them again I can remember exactly what I was thinking at the time, what my mood was, and what was going on around me. Love the self-poortraits too, keep at all the sketching!

Mike Jones said...

I miss you, and every time I check out your blog, I'm reminded.

Your work alpha-neumeric!