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 IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • POSTED: Dec. 09, 2011 | ART PICT: Nov. 07, 2011

    Take a good look at the skeleton.


    Ok. Technically the background is "done" (at least as of this moment). LOL. Take a good look at the skeleton. I have been playing with putting a shadow around him. The shadow has come, gone and taken a few different shapes. NOW, it is quite DEFinite. Which is the REAL one? The skeleton? Or, the graphite shadow of the man that the skeleton is inside? I don't know right now. I'll KNOW later, when I have the time to actually do some DEEP thinking on the subject and actually LOOK at the drawing. Right now, I just know that it FITS just right. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 09, 2011 | ART PICT: Nov. 28, 2011

    THIS is NOT about being clever.


    Interesting things are happening to the part of the drawing holding the business man. His box has become battered. A QUICK, preliminary thought on the battered box: Yes. That symbol works on many layers.* I can feel meanings accumulating in this drawing (probably as deeply layered as the pencils). Symbols feel right when I can "think" of a couple of different interpretations (without diving too deeply into the pool so to speak). Interpretations with elbow room... THAT means the symbol can work in this work of art. MORE layers of thought/meaning will come later. AND, even MORE will come when I hear what YOU think. LOL. It's amazing baby what I hear. You guys think of things I NEVER thought of, but that's all cool beanies. It means that the pencil is doing the job RIGHT. The Artwork must be strong enough to carry the layers AND open enough that all thoughts aren't forced down a one way street. There IS a story and there IS a reason THESE symbols have been put in place...BUT, it's not about what I want it to be's about what is being brought back from that other place (where the muse lives and the subconscious reigns supreme). It's ultra cool when layers of meaning are created by combining symbols. Argh. This is SO HARD to explain. I don't think I've gotten that right yet but my fingers are tired of typing and I've got too much to do. I'll try again another time... One dimensional art is NOT what I'm trying to create here. LOL. THIS is NOT about being clever. THAT is too easy. This is about ART. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 09, 2011 | ART PICT: Dec. 04, 2011

    The pencils: bringing the drawing out of the darkness.


    It feels SO GOOD to see the pencil bringing the drawing out of the darkness. VERY interesting things are coming slowly to mind (re: words, letters and how I mean to color in his business suit). Sometimes I think that the very fact that I am SO BUSY and SO FRUSTRATED at my efforts to GET to my ART... adds an intensity to my pencil that might otherwise be lacking (if I were complacently being even happier than I am now). LOL. I don't know. That's what I tell myself. Maybe I would be thinking even deeper if I could do ART all of the time. A very academic question. Anyway. This drawing is about to get VERY interesting (if I can pull this off). I am VERY worried about it getting to be too clever. UGH. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Dec. 23, 2011 | ART PICT: Dec. 18, 2011

    NOW I can let the artwork bring it on.


    Ok. It's time to get REAL baby. There won't be anymore updates until after the new year starts and this doggone pencil drawing should take one MIGHTY leap forwards! I feel the lure growing because NOW I can let the artwork bring it on (like I CAN'T when I'm more anchored into the "real" world). However, don't get me wrong. This is no fantasy la la land of happiness with friggin' blue birds buzzing around contentedly and idiots skipping around blindly. It's NOT Disney on this end. There ARE cusswords during the hard moments. And if you are doing it right and pushing the envelope (rather than sitting on laurels)... then there are going to be LOTS of hard moments and colorful phrases. It's a confrontational thing: if drawing REAListically wuz EASY ...people would be doing it right and left, eh? It's not EASY. It's do-able.

    Anyway. Here's one for you right now: notice the upper right hand corner of the drawing. The pencil stroke has been turned into a blurry region (as in a fog, etc.). Things are blurring there. Disintegrating. As in, the farther one gets from the core/the truth, the blurry/foggier/more unreal. I REALLY hope that this is all pure goodness direct from the subconscious/muse/gut and NOT pure intellectual cleverness. There's a difference. And I'm NOT a big fan of super-dooper-in-it-just-for-the-cleverness-and-ego-gratification of THAT kind of Art. What? You say? There's a difference? I hope so. Plain ol' cleverness has no soul baby. Anyway. Merry, merry, happy, happy, happy, happy. NEXT


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