the art: surreal + symbolic

...MORE Surreal Artwork by
Chris Eisenbraun.

  • Surreal ink doodle (2012): "Tenuous Minor (A Flatted Third)."
  • Pencil art (2011): "Just Passing Through".
  • Complex sketch (2010): "Whisper To The Thunder."
  • Pencil artwork (2009): "The Bus To (Pomona); King To Queen's Rook 13."
  • Surreal pencil (2008): "Instant Karma With Marshmallows. Just Add Water!"
  • Pencil sketch (2007): "Curiouser And Curiouser: 3.1415926535897."
  • The Drawing Board Blog:
    "A Natural Pearl In My Careless Hand."
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  • POSTED: Aug. 21, 2011 | ART PICT: July 25, 2011

    Just for a minute, ...passing through....


    Alfonse Mucha was famous for drawing beautifully patterned hair on graceful female figures. Very art deco/art nouveau. Very beautiful lines. I saw something by Mucha, or an imitator of his art, early on in life. I barely remember the moment but the impact was HUGE. I saw... a drawing (or painting) of a woman with beautiful hair flowing ALL OVER the place. It was the line that drew me. The art deco line. I saw this image on a mirror (...?), in passing. It was just for a minute, ...passing through, from here to there. This glimpse of something ELSE became fundamental to my (early) style. Later on I discovered Mucha and KNEW that I had found IT (the ghost in my machinery). Add this to living in Japan (outside Tokyo) during a few formative years AND the resultant HEAVY exposure to anime at a tender age ...and you can SEE some of the fundamental influences running wildly through the artwork. BIGtime. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Aug. 21, 2011 | ART PICT: July 31, 2011

    Following the pencil across the paper.


    This pencil? This drawing? One or both is VERY bossy and demanding right now. Usually I draw from left to right, up to down (to keep from smudging the graphite as I draw). This drawing is REFUSING to let me work thataways. FIRST I had to flesh out the hair lines, now I HAVE to set the tonality of the background. A sort of sound wave action is coming off of the apple. The amount of fade out is dictated by this action. Add to this the variable of the darkness of the tree contrasted to the darkness of the night sky AND the fact that the skeleton is the whitest point in the drawing (which SHOULD be in the DARK)... and you have deep TROUBLE brewing. This is really heavy man and waaay complicated. The big doubts are creeping into my mind once again. LOL. Am I doing the right thing? Is this TOO intellectualized? How can it be? I'm not thinking about it. I'm following the little voice that comes direct from the gut. I am following the pencil across the paper. That's what you do. Right??? Ugh. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Aug. 21, 2011 | ART PICT: Aug. 07, 2011

    The drawing can begin (again).


    I am JUST going for it. So, step #1 is to set the background colors. Pencils have been picked, gradients chosen's go time. The drawing can begin (again). NOTE: this photo is pretty DARK YOU can see the lightly penciled lines. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Aug. 21, 2011 | ART PICT: Aug. 14, 2011

    Differing shades of graphite.


    It's funny...but I feel like I am JUST coloring in everything (there seems to be no creativity involved AT ALL, it's just a LOT of technical stuff going down). UGH-O. There are, a minimum of three layers on EACH sketched in bit o' paper above. Some of the areas have seven layers, each comes from a different pencil :) It's very tedious. You COULD call it relaxing if you were DETERMINEDLY optimistic. LOL. If I rush ANY of it, it shows. Soooo, little bitty, thick coats of graphite's onwards with patience at the fore... I'm glad Gary is making musical things happen on the other side of the house. I can hear it ALL and it is calming my turbulent beast. DOWN baby DOWN. Draw pencil draw. Don't ask questions. LOL. NEXT


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