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."
    part III - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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

    Pencil combination experiments.


    Part of the NEED to lay the background down first is getting from point A to point B. The DARKEST point (the layer nearest to the apple) needs to be a DARK shadow... but there are going to be things in front of IT that will (also) be dark. Anything in FRONT of THAT darkness... would need to be DARKER... which means: the bottom wave of the tree must be REALLY dark ...but not TOO DARK. Ditto with the reverse: the lightest point (the right side of the drawing) ...which holds the skeleton (the whitest point of the drawing). PLUS: if the right side of the drawing is TOO light, the viewer's eye will skid right OFF the drawing. The eye MUST be re-directed back INTO the drawing... Soooo, pencil combination experiments ensued: how to get from here to there. Sheesh. This is becoming a REALLY complicated drawing for such a simple layout. Ugh. Any-friggin-way... NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 02, 2011 | ART PICT: Aug. 21, 2011

    THIS is how IT happens.


    This is terrible. I KNEW that it had been quite a while since the website had been updated. I KNEW it, but tried NOT to think about it. I KNEW that making ART had become a VERY sporadic and somewhat tenuous thing (recently)... but I ignored that fact until this very moment. ARGH. THIS is how IT happens. One-step-at-a-time, you walk away (but REALLY mean to turn back any second). Before you know it you are MILES away from where you temporarily stopped. One step here, one there. $#@!!! BULLshit. Anyway. A LOT of Life happened between then and NOW. Stuff like... discovering that the NEW paper for my new pencil drawing was SO nice and thick. And, this GREAT paper took to pencil SO well that I started adding even MORE layers of pencil to the mix. Guess what happened. I started (accidentally) BURNISHING the paper. This doesn't sound like a BIG deal but glare had accumulated... My eyes hurt. I had too much light in the wrong places, like...EVERYWHERE (the glass under the drawing, the location of my lights, etc. etc.). I knew that things had become somewhat uncomfortable when I realized that my enthusiasm was sub-par. I put this down to the seemingly over redundant layering. Yeah right. I was ....uncomfortable ...drawing? (NOT layering. Drawing.) Are you kidding? This was SO WRONG! Sooooo... I decided to completely rearrange the drawing room. Completely. This involved several trips to the local home improvement warehouse to get Plexiglas sized to sit my drawings on (cutting glare down but also putting a working surface OVER the beautiful wood grain of my drawing table). Colored Plexiglas would have been BETTER, but more expensive. I'm just GLAD to get the glare down to a reasonable level. The temporary east side studio (aka dining room) has become The Permanent Art Studio. A very good thang, but unfortunately this = time spent not drawing. This was followed with Halloween costume making, setting up computers and figuring out the MANY side issues of music software, etc. etc.. I kept trying to draw a little bit here and there, but....neither Gary nor I have made much Art in the last couple of months. UGH. We are both OVER reality'd and super dooper ready for the annual artist retreat. BIGtime. Soooo, bear with me, I am trying to think back and reconstruct some of this drawing time line and put it in perspective (while beating myself over the head with this lesson re-learning bit). This is just awful. Between August and December only BITs and pieces of drawing. Teeny, itty bitty tidbits. Step. Step. Baby step. Back to the beginning. Start over. Do not pass go. Jeeeez.

    Ok. Details. Drawing the background to this pencil Art has been a real pain in the tush man. Trying to get the graphite gradients even steven has seen incremental additions of complete craziness. Sometimes this involves going over a section with the lightest pencil (from the current arsenal) and using the very lightest of strokes ...only to realize THAT wasn't quite dark enough... and... re-going over the entire section in an extremely light way ...ONCE AGAIN. And THEN..., having to re-darken all sorts of other bits too (i.e. stars, etc.). I am going to be a stark raving looney before this is all done. I really think there are thirteen to twenty layers on some bits of this paper (MORE on other bits). Jeeeeeeez. It's my fault. I'm the one with the vision. I could fix this. I won't. I refuse. I'm NOT COMPROMISING. So there. (I hope the muse gives me credit for this one. LOL.) It is ALL GOING TO BE WORTH IT. Right?

    This pencil drawing is correctly named, "A Natural Pearl In My Careless Hand." Holy cow I need to be careful and re-effort my energies at keeping life in perspective and ART at the forefront. I appear to have gotten complacent. You CANNOT believe how ironic that statement is. Gary and I are ALWAYS effort-ing ART. ALWAYS. And still...there is NOT enough time in the day. Maybe I should buy a lotto ticket. Of course, then I'd have to remember to check the numbers (as IF). LOL NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 02, 2011 | ART PICT: Sept. 12, 2011

    Yes. Yes. Yes. I keep on doing it.


    Look carefully and you can see one of the many re-layerings of pencil going down on the drawing (check out the 6th layer out from the apple). The background is slooooowly getting darker and darker. I worry that it will be too dark here and there and not dark enough elsewhere... Yes, I worry about it CONSTANTLY and YES, I keep on doing it regardless. LOL. Why? What. How. Fill the head with facts (symbols, mythologies, etc.), fill the heart with soulFULL thangs, and let the gut/muse interpret. Follow THAT blindly across the drawing with your handy dandy pencil baby and... BELIEVE. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 09, 2011 | ART PICT: Sept. 26, 2011

    If I draw this correctly, it won't REALLY be noticed.


    Still penciling in the background of my slowly growing drawing. The funny thing? It's just like the boxes in the LAST drawing ("Just Passing Through... "). If I draw this correctly, it won't REALLY be noticed by most people.... It's ONLY when you do it WRONG, that EVERYONE notices "it". LOL. NEXT


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