Drawing places and things and people works so much better to me than taking a photograph, because it brings back so much more memories, smells, sounds and senses and everything...
I think you would be surprised to know that all the detailed precise artwork that I do is actually a complete opposite of my sketching on the daily basis. Really have come a long way to start appreciating chaos and imperfection of quick drawing and just exercising the eye... Because from what I've noticed from my own experience or other people's - when you create something, whatever it is, - the greatest struggle is to forget the concept of good and bad, to forget perfection. When you learn that, the liberation begins, so you can do something important for yourself, and one day maybe even something fascinating for others.
Here are some drawings from travels, long and short. It's as if it all was yesterday. It makes me think whenever there's drawing, time is created instead of being wasted.
Happy Valentine's Day to all lovers of the world! Love my Facebook page today - official and fully-running!
I've uploaded some work from the past, and going to update the page with progress pics, news, and some cool stuff that I like.
Gonna spread some sweet inspiration on this crispy social media toast.
Remember that Mona Lisa sitting in the forest with her little roe deer in her arms? The one I drew last year for the Gioconda Project initiative?..
Well guess what - the project is now over and there will be an exhibition with a big mural of selected works (quality prints) by different artists at W3 Gallery in London!
So come on down everybody, it opens from 25th of February (you can see mine on the poster if you look carefully):
The further it gets, the more everything I perceive is influenced by the ability to generate new ideas and change things, for better or worse.
It is a heavenly bliss to draw or just hold a pencil between fingers, yet paradoxically after finishing a bigger piece there is always this sad feeling of never doing it again. But then suddenly a sketching begins without any particular conscious notice, just because. And, as one sketchbook entry says, it is either madness or emptiness („Tuštuma arba beprotybė“). Basically with not much else in between.
From the road, or a walk, or while listening to favorite music, or after reading a great book... Really got into Edgar Allan Poe right now, especially poems... oh, and this:
I want it to snow.
A super sweet Ammo Magazine issue number 10 just came out and one of my artworks is featured in it! So come visit Ammo website for more info and purchase! So very honored to be featured among these great artists, thank you Dave!
Holiday cheers XO
I LOVE www.brainpickings.org! They post lots of great articles everyday about art and awesome people, and by far my favorites always are the ones with Bukowski ideas on inspiration and myths of creative labor.
So You Want To Be a Writer: Bukowski Debunks the “Tortured Genius” Myth of Creativity
Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated
I believe many who read this will agree with every single word. He speaks my words exactly:
I've published a new personal project today on Behance called „Shore“, go CHECK IT OUT! I tried to show the whole process from sketch to finished piece. Everytime looking back at the process is quite interesting, because I can't really remember myself going all the way to complete it. Weird.
It is for all friends who make us feel at home - not perfect, yet most precious of all.
I started getting questions from random people asking Do you still draw?..
My answer is Always.
But unlike some time ago, I don't have to speak about it. It's just there.
I've been working on my sketching technique recently and made a lot of sketches throughout the summer, whereever I've been. The process is fantastic. While sketching it is possible to see the smallest detail of a picture, and also feel the whole environment around, and that's something I appreciate. Therefore whenever a look at my sketches after I've finished them I can remember the exact place, the weather, the smell, the mood, the colors. It's like a photography, but x1000 times cooler. JK (or maybe not)
I've also been asked to draw for something or someone, which is great, I always enjoy a collaboration. To me it is a mutual understanding and sharing of the greatest level - the creative one. So thank you so much.
For now I'm going to work on something of a personal kind.
Listening to favorite music is like a beautiful knife piercing a heart..
If you find the soul that you lost
Frozen in a starry void
Take it within and hope the sight of blood
Can will signs of life to return
Back to the way that it was
Long before it made a noise
To keep on quietly reminding you
What's never created or destroyed
If this isn't one of the greatest songs ever writen, which is it then?..
As I started working on my 2nd drawing series „Children of space“, there's been a lot of bizzare fractions, chaos, glowing, contrast feel, and dreamy swirling inside and out. Finally the spring kicked in, sun is shining and I go on long bicycle trips, which take me into a certain mental state, like a supersonic rocket takes spaceman into neverending space. And what is a better way to express love than making an artwork? ;) Still a long way to go, but I'm really excited about the process, and I probably cherish it a lot more now than ever before - it's all about not taking great things for granted!
Ride, ride, ride!
I'm feeling brand new after closing a certain mental and creative chapter. This is genuinely beautiful yet overwhelming about ending something that took so much time to complete, and I should say, I felt so stuck in the middle of nowhere for almost a month, couldn't start anything new, and felt pretty damn anxious about it, and couldn't even hold a pencil in my hand. Needed a recharge BIG TIME.
They say good ideas sometimes take a little longer than ordinary, and that our unconscious mind is working ALL THE TIME to produce a solution to problem (if we really care to solve it), even when we think our brain is full of nothing. So don't worry if it happens, your thoughts just transforming, take your time!
I also stumbled upon a very truthful article dealing with the point of overcoming creative block. You can read it HERE. It's about Alexander Bell's inventing process and success. Soulmate talks.
And here's what I'm working on right now.. This one is about a robot and a monkey sharing interstellar adventure stories under the meteor shower. While drawing, it feels like all of the pieces of life come together to where they belong. So, so good.