I had read an article on Günter Grass in the New Yorker recently and came upon his picture tonight, as i was fumbling for inspiration for a "night cap" kind of drawing. I got a little tired, and left it at that.
It is so easy to get lost in Flickr. I jump from one topic to another, until one catches my eye -- and the only way i can get out of it is by drawing it. That's what happened with this derelict armchair on Flickr a couple of evenings ago. There were blatant similarities between its shabby upholstery and my own state of mind that night, and putting it down on paper was, well, somewhat therapeutic.
Maybe i got all bummed out about going back to work today after such a long vacation (3 months, no less!!) but i felt like reconnecting with something personal, lest i should be swallowed by work again. So i drew one of my biggest inspirations, someone who i look up to with awe and humility: my stepfather. From a picture i took of him 3 years ago. Unlike my drawings of the gorillas (and the old Keith!), i deliberately did this one much faster -- so as to keep the strokes looser.
It looks as though the whole gorilla kick is taking obsessive proportions. I'm going to blame that on Mark. I recorded the drawing of this one with Gawker (which should appear under "My Videos" on the left hand side), so you can catch a glimpse of the process!!
I couldn't help finding an irresistible resemblance with Keith Richards while i was drawing the gorilla. So i dug up this old drawing i did over a decade ago with a Bic pen. It took me a couple of evenings to draw it, and i remember going through a couple of pens too! There you have it, a primate with a skull ring. 8" x 6".