the art: surreal + symbolic

...MORE Surreal Artwork by
Chris Eisenbraun.

  • Surreal ink drawing (2013): "The Quality Of A Discord)
  • Symbolism Ink+ Series (2013): "One" (+ "Two", "Three.14159265)
  • Surreal pencil (2013): My World Is Round
  • Surreal ink sketch (2012): Soliloquy.
  • Surreal pencil drawing (2012): A Natural Pearl In My Careless Hand.
  • Surreal ink doodle (2012): "Tenuous Minor (A Flatted Third)."
  • Pencil art (2011): Just Passing Through.
  • Complex sketch (2010): Whisper To The Thunder
  • The Drawing Board Blog:
    "Yes. No. (Ceci n'est pas une pipe.)"
    TRANSLATION: "Yes. No. (This Is Not A Pipe.)"
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  • POSTED: Jan. 13, 2014 | ART PICT: Jan. 05, 2014

    Circling round and round and round....


    I have gone back and forth on wether to continue circling the main pencil lines around a focal point within the drawing. It is an idea based on a technique seen in Van Gogh's self portraits. I would stare SO HARD at his paintings while visiting the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam). Crazy beautiful stuff. Anyway. All of the paint strokes go round and round... until you get to the eyes. He paints the eyes FLAT ...and that is why they stand out SO MUCH and stare at you so deeply. It's easier to FEEL his paint strokes going round and round (the paint is so thick and goopy)... and I sometimes wonder if it is really worth all of the effort to use that technique with pencil lines that sometimes end up just in the background.... but... apparently... I am continuing on with the tradition (in this drawing at least ...for now). LOL. Oh well. I NEVER make more work for myself than needed. Never. Sometimes. All the time. Whatever. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Jan. 25, 2014 | ART PICT: Jan. 19, 2014

    Hello Kitty.


    I tend to have a very light touch when drawing. It's a fact and one that makes sense for an artist that draws in such thin layers (kind of the way old masters would lay oil paints onto canvas...). Hmmmm. Interesting. I never realized that...idea was there, deep down inside of me... It really is AMAZING the things you don't THINK about ...that you KNOW, ...and Do, ...daily (UNknowingly). I am not the sort of artist who is good at laying down quick, harsh, solitary and simply contained strokes. I admire that kind of art, because I can't do it. I've tried. It takes a different kind of mind than the one that resides inside MY head. Differences keep the world from being boring baby. LOL. Baroque is more the word that comes to mind to describe the art style behind what my pencils do; thick, complex, layered... accumulative. DEFinitely NOT simple. My high school art teacher used to get on me about needing to add more darkness/contrast to the artwork. It's good to know about any artistic weaknesses. BIGtime. It's the only way to get rid of them. Ha. Sooo, I am always trying to go against my nature and get darker and darker... on purpose. Now, ...out of context, that is a really weird statement. Too funny.

    Anyway. Stupidness aside. I need to tell you that THIS to make the (above) rambling relevant: the drawing pictured above is NOT as dark as it appears. All that for THIS? Yes.

    Artist Note: you can't SEE how silver the "kitty" is... because of this fact. Later, as the drawing progresses and gains darkness (pun intended)... the "kitty" will shift into tonal perspective. So DON'T get used to the cheetah being so defined AND dominant. Ok? NEXT

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  • POSTED: Jan. 13, 2014 | ART BLOG: Jan. 25, 2014

    Possible, temporary, 2 week hiatus...

    The next couple of weeks are going to be insanely busy for me. We are re-releasing one of Gary's older albums ("Second Wind") and there are just a lot of things that are going to, more than likely, get in the way of my updating THIS website (making music videos, etc.). The commercial artist is going to be ruling the roost for the next couple of weeks. Call it a fact of life and move forwards, eh? Anyway. I'm not even sure how much drawing I will be able to get done AND any spare time at all will be spent drawing instead of updating the site. Ok? Please bear with me, my internal fine art artist self is NOT happy (but cooperating, albeit somewhat reluctantly). I usually facebook once a week and since that is QUICK, it WiLL happen.

    Soooo, if you REALLY need to KNOW what is going on...go there and then come back here after mid-February. Maybe I'll surprise us both and get to it beforehand. Weirder things have happened.

    Artist Note: I've been re-introduced to Rene Magritte recently and am watching documentaries on YouTube (like this one) ...with utter relish. What a TALENT, and WHAT A MIND. Wow. Wow. And...WOW. Awesome stuff baby. Anyway. Anyone who KNOWS of Magritte, KNOWS the where AND why-fore of THIS (the title of my new drawing): "Yes. No. (Ceci n'est pas une pipe.)".
    English translation of the French portion of the title, "This is not a pipe." There. NOW you KNOW. Or... as Alfred would say, "The map is not the territory." NEXT

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  • POSTED: Mar. 12, 2014 | ART PICT: Feb. 23, 2014

    Re-creating "the moment"...


    Right now, I am going backwards in an effort to catch the site blog UP. The facebook page is/was very much in the moment, as things happened. Sorry. My apologies. THAT shouldn't happen... but it (occasionally) does. Facebook is simple and quite the quickie. EZ. Convenient in a HARD pinch. Anyway. Back to HERE: the not-so-simple place... where I am thinking hard and slowly remembering ...and my fingers are typing backwards...

    This is going to be ramble time. Ok? You have been warned. Now. Onwards. Sooooo.... When the hiatus occurred, it was just because. Because. Because things needed to be done. Things I am good at. So I did them. Then... it was time to get back to this incredible, out-of-control, MASSIVE... creation in waiting: my new surreal / symbolic pencil drawing. Big sigh. There is SO MUCH going on here that I am simultaneously zinging along like an insanely happy loon and somewhat overwhelmed by the immensity. Think deep sea fishing if that helps. You know, like when you pull up something from the unseen depths... that surprises you because it is MUCH BIGGER than expected...but also EXACTLY what you secretly hoped for. LOL. Again with the "anyways". I had pulled up a humongous crazy catch from deep within the collective unconscious, caged it on the page and then run off to do something else entirely. That being said, it is understandable that there was difficulty reconnecting with my artwork. IT had been caged and left behind. Crossing the gulf from commercial artist head space back into the fine art artist subconsciously driven pencil route strange. It shouldn't be that hard. But it is. It was. I'm getting more practice at it and am SLOOOOOWLY getting better at the transition. So you ask, "Why the hubbub? What's so hard about this?" Well, one mindset is a very practical, business oriented sort of tamed, budgeted, parsed creativity and the other is ....completely wild. Unknown. Unlimited. It's hard going from being all too aware of consumer boundaries and the need to cajole/entice... to thinking of a place that has NO LIMITS OR NEEDS ...AT ALL. It's more than simply imagining all of the rules going away...or thinking BEFORE the rules were made... it's BE-ing in a place that has no rules and never will. What you bring back from that wildling BE-ing, put within your own context, style, thoughts, etc. This is hard to explain. BUT, I am (mentally) working on building a STRONG bridge to make this transition easier, so I can bring back ART... and it IS working. THIS time WAS easier (comparatively speaking). These head spaces BOTH belong to me. They are MINE. Damnit. MINE. NEXT

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  • (Mar. 02, 2014) Posted Mar. 12, 2014

    Not quite anal ENOUGH.


    Soooo, I didn't get a LOT drawn last weekend... but I did START DRAWING again. Yeah. This weekend was better because MORE actual pencil work was accomplished AND there was less pacing around, up and down. LOL. Not all the way connected to the artwork, but slooooowly forging bonds to the Art ...with each and every stroke of graphite. It's funny but when you draw something... you THINK you are drawing EXACTLY what you are SEEING (seeing with your EYES and NOT your head)... and then you come back the next week, look at the drawing...and say, "What the fuck was I looking at? That's all wrong!" Ugh. (Yes Virginia, some artists can cuss like sailors.) This is a definite clue that the head was more involved in the drawing process then the eyeballs. In the old days, the masters would sketch something over and over and over again... until they KNEW it intimately... and THEN they would paint it. Jeez. I just don't have THAT kind of patience (or time). ....but I completely understand WHY they did it thataways.... AND I KNOW that they were RIGHT to do it so. AAAAArgh!!! I am just going to have to LOOK harder. Yeah. As if I haven't been looking REALLY hard already. Sheesh. That's just waaaay tooo funny. Ironic even. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Mar. 12, 2014 | ART PICT: Mar. 09, 2014

    Thinking crazy strange thoughts.


    Well... the drawing and I survived the recent schism. We've apologized, made up and I am currently working on the reflection in the trophy. I am having TROUBLE drawing the man's schnozz. Well, I HAVE drawn it but I'm not happy with what's been drawn so far. Yes, he does have a big nose, but somehow its become TOO big. And, YES! There's CUSSING, erasing and a whole lot of penciling going on over here, deep in the heart of the studio. Deep sigh of relief and a heartfelt, "Yeah." One day I am going to be ONE artist and not an artist divided. I'll probably get a whole lot more ART created about then. Ha. BIGtime. In the's never going to be boring. You want to know why??? I've JUST added to the problem. Made it MORE complicated.... Oh, yeah indeed. Jeez. It's because I'm playing with the thought of doing some ART with VIDEO. It's in my head. I am having VISIONS. I'm laughing as I type... because how do you say NO to a muse that you are courting like crazy??? This idea,'s crazy cool, complicates things immensely... and I OBVIOUSLY don't have enough on my plate as it is. OMG. Really. BUT, I've promised Gary that I will not stop drawing. I would say, "Of course not" in full self-righteous indignation mode...but I haven't earned the right to say THAT (yet) and DEFinitely NOT with THAT tone of voice. It's a fact: I love pencil. Yes. I want to draw. Yes. I LOVE drawing. Yes. AND... I am curious about video. It's all that learning time put into learning Adobe Premiere Pro, to make Gary's music videos. It created crazy vibrations blowing into my mind from that wildling space of BE-ing.... there is the beginning of a thought that I can't see but can only FEEL ....vaguely... Pulling it OUT is going to be interesting for me, ... we'll see if it results in something equally interesting for you. LOL. You NEVER know. And NO! I am VERY COMMITTED to this drawing. It's too crazy to stop. ESPECIALLY after all of this. I am REALLY excited about the way the symbols are layered SO DEEPLY. So richly. Ok. So I'm more divided than ever. Wow. Crazy baby. That's me. NEXT

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