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 V - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

  • POSTED: Jan. 3, 2012 | ART PICT: Dec. 27, 2011

    Letters were running across my imagination.


    This photo was actually taken DURING the artist retreat. YES, the computer was on JUST long enough to work my way through an artistic issue. AND, that was IT. The computer went right off for the rest of the retreat. BIGtime. LOL. No temptation (because YES I also ENJOY webwork too). Right brain. Left brain. Even Steven shit on this end. THAT's the problem. Anyway. Back to the ART >>> I had taken the photo (BELOW) and blown up the dude on the apple. Letters were running across my imagination and I really wanted to let my fingers work their way through the possibilities... so multiple copies were printed and the pencil went to work, drawing :) Two sketches evolved (background and foreground letters). Ok. THAT done, it was time to move all of this theoretical shit onto the drawing board (so to speak). Well... before THAT could happen, I really needed to lay in the gradient that went with the suit. This process started with the lightest part and worked on down to the darkest layer. Seventeen re-workings and constant re-finessing (via the thinnest possible layer of graphite)... and the board is SO soaked in graphite that REALLY fine detail work looked to be somewhat out the window. Jeez. You should have SEEN the complex pattern that had been laid out. It was INTENSE. My apologies, but there is NO way I am taking the time to add THAT to this timeline too. LOL. Sorry Charlie. So anyway (AGAIN)... I started drawing in the big "M" that was supposed to be in the BACKGROUND of the suit jacket. Damn but it looked fine all by itself (without the intentioned "XYZ" on top). I was stuck. Go ahead with the original plans? Or VASTLY simplify everything (which looked to potentially be the probable BEST solution)... ???? Damnit. I needed to turn the computer on so my imagination could play around with the suit. Ok. So THIS photo (ABOVE) was taken right in the middle of the artistic dilemma >> the incredibly lovely moment when indecision was running amuck amuck amuck. As of the above second...MOSTLY background letters had been added as well as some of the super dooper favored frontline letters. Absolutely a-muck-up. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Jan. 3, 2012 | ART PICT: Jan. 2, 2012

    Graphite gradient complications.


    The computer effort-ing confirmed that a vastly simplified combo was the BEST way to go. Five more letters were added and the "M" darkened (a couple of times until the perfect hue was achieved). LOL. This graphite gradient has a HUGE purpose but BOY is it a pain in the tush. My pencils and my head are TIRED of graphite gradient complications. LOL. And, you know what I'm going to say.... if it's done right many people are not EVEN going to see it??? How do you miss THAT you say? It's a "seeing" thing (there's a LOT going on here)... hehehehe. Anyway. I'LL SEE IT. Here's another thing that will probably be missed for a bit... the font faces in the suit. Yes, there is also a REASON for those choices. I did not KNOW how cool this particular symbol was going to become. Really awesome. SO many layers of meaning so simply represented (at least from my perspective). LOL. An example? Ok. Here's just ONE of his layers: he changes his words as simply and quickly as he changes his clothes. AND, btw... the dollar symbol is not JUST/solely representing "greed". THAT would be too SIMPLE baby (and simple is simply too easy). Money is something that touches everyone and it touches in SO MANY different ways. There are LAYERS to the dollar symbol. There are LAYERS to everything. EVERYthing. The Drawing. The Pencils. The Symbols. Etc. Anyway. The artist retreat was FABULOUS. Gary laid out fourteen new songs. It took TWO WHOLE DAYS to draw the apple (and knife). That would have been FOREVER in "real" world time. We both had a BLAST. It was quite UN-real and super FANTASTIC. I am STILL relaxed. Every bone. I think that even my pencils are happy. AND, this was a good place to leave the drawing. I need to let my subconscious "think" on a few things. There are some BIG potential problems looming and I REALLY want to get the focus BACK onto the apple :) Anyway. Happy New Year! NEXT

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  • POSTED: Jan. 9, 2012 | ART PICT: Jan. 9, 2012

    A LOT of graphite groundwork was laid.


    The New Year. A time to cleanse and scrape off accumulated crap and bad ideas. LOL. I can DO that :) That being said, onto a SHOCKING note: a LOT of drawing was done this last weekend. Ha. Ha. Ha. Artist note: the drawing is DEFinitely at an awkward stage but that is ok. I'm only slightly worried at the moment, give me a day or two to get more so. Anyway. A LOT of graphite groundwork was laid and yes, there was (also) tons of re-finessing. More shocking stuff. I DO know that next weekend the focus is going to be on the girls. There are a LOT of decisions that can't really be made until those girls are in focus. Right now it looks like an anime cell, NOT a serious work of surrealness ...and that is distracting. Once the girls are surREAL, THEN I'll KNOW how to tally-ho onwards. Maybe.

    As this surreal work of Art steps out from the background, the blacks must get darker... which means I needed to dig out MORE pencils from the box. The newest additions to the current crop of pencils are: a 2 HB Mirado Woodtones 177-2, a 6B Design Drawing 3800 (Faber Castell) and a little yellow stub from the NightHawk Restaurant (?). I have no clue where that restaurant is located (I travelled a lot at one time) and I collect pencils from EVERYwhere. Too funny. NEXT

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  • POSTED: Feb. 07, 2012 | ART PICT: Feb. 07, 2012

    I am curious to know IF I can pull this off.


    Can you believe that the face is actually a LOT easier right now ...than the hair? With this friggin' gradient going through the ENTIRE is making life a LOT more complicated than normal. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez. But, hey. It's kinda interesting too. I am curious to know IF I can pull this off. LOL. Go figure. The way NOT to be bored and/or repetitious is to make life real DIFFICULT for yourself. Too friggin' funny baby. BTW: I do NOT believe that I am going to get this drawing done in time for the naked/nude art show coming up (in Tampa). Entry forms needed to be done/turned in sometime in January (I "think"). Oh well. Maybe next year. ROFLMAO. As for right now? My drawings and artwork are pretty much a private thing between you and me babe. I am just TOO BUSY to find a space to show. And, "yes" I DO know that THAT is kinda important. I'm working it (just not right now). ha ha ha ha ha ha. NEXT


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