the art: surreal + symbolic

...MORE Surreal Artwork by
Chris Eisenbraun.

  • 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:
    "Tenuous Minor (A Flatted Third)."

    DRAWING STARTED: Apr. 11, 2012

    Artist précis.

    COMPLETED: May 28, 2012.
    FINAL UPDATE: May 29, 2012.

    This little surreal ink doodle was imagined as a bridge between two spaces (details below, etc.). Well... the experiment worked and now I am ready to pick up the pencil and get back into "A Natural Pearl...". Yeah. I am REALLY glad this all worked out. A BIG thanks goes out to Gary Eisenbraun for the helpful suggestion AND the artistic support. The ink was fun. Maybe I'll do this again. I really enjoyed breaking my mind open to new patterns. I hope that I never have to decide which I like better: pen and ink or pencil. That would hurt. LOL. Apparently I'm in my black and white and graphite grey period right now.


  • Artist blog: the drawing starts here...

    (Apr. 11, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Seriously? No way.


    I left my previous drawing ("A Natural Pearl In My Careless Hand") in a VERY BAD PLACE... for far too long of a time. NOT a nice thing to do to oneself. Ugh. More than enough details of THAT artistic (etc) problem-o can be found here. THIS particular drawing was actually created as the solution to THAT problem. LOL. I needed a bridge from the difficult artistic time, through the stuff in between BACK to BEing The ARTIST Now. This little ink doodle was the hoped for beginning of an answer, a way to step back onto the draw-ing path. PLUS: it was a fun way to get back into Art (minus ANY pressure at all). NOT A THING TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN ANY WAY. Really. I wuz just doodlin' baby. That's all. Really. Fun stuff.

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  • (Apr. 16, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Seriously? Well, ...maybe.


    Ok. So at this EXACT moment-o, I waz thinking that this was REALLY a whole lot of fun and that I would USE this as an opportunity to get my artistic chops back up, ditto with the self confidence (a BIGtime need if I was going to begin drawing straight off from such a difficult space) AND use this moment to begin to break my mind apart. THIS was NOT a serious moment, so the thinking was about playing with patterns and not EVEN trying to make ANY sense of the doodle AT ALL. It was all about drawing lines, patterns and designs. The fingers were told to just flow with the line. PLUS... there is homage to Klimt going down. Klimt's patterns are incredibly the eyeballs appear. LOL. Awesome fun.

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  • (Apr. 22, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, Salvador Dali, Alfonse Mucha, etc.


    Gustav Klimt created beautiful patterns. Aubrey Beardsley drew lovely, decadent lines. Salvador Dali made surreal incredible. Alfonse Mucha intertwined the line with a nouveau flair. This particular ink doodle includes moments of homage to all of these artists. This was to be a relaxing doodle, a drawing for fun. ...but... things were starting to get interesting. In theory, this teeney ink drawing was SUPPOSED to be a mere bridge to the REAL Art. I was SUPPOSED to only be working on bits of it during the week >> squeezing in artistic moments to carry me into the weekend. These are all answers to the many problems detailed in and around this doodley drawing. Hmmmm. The funny thing is that the doodle was starting to get waaay too interesting for that small (supporting actor sort of) role.

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  • (May 6, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Too serious. If this pen dries up..., I'm SCREWED!!!


    Ok. At this point I began to admit that I was REALLY enjoying drawing this little, non-serious ink doodle. Could you tell? It had begun to take on a life of its own. AND, it was FUN. No headaches. No stress. Just fun. Or so I thought. Then I suddenly began to stress, NOT about the artwork ...I was worried that the ink pen was going to dry up on me! LOL. Really! It was an old pen that had been sitting around for YEARS, not being used AT ALL and now I was getting complicated with it. If this pen were to dry up on me in mid-stroke, I'd be SCREWED. Ink's are NOT all the same color. Picking up another pen at this point could be a real catastrophe. Not all pens are created equal or exactly the same. How the hell did this happen? This was JUST an ink DOODLE. Nothing serious. Just a way to break my mind open to NEW artistic thoughts. Jeez..

    BTW: the pen? Lerlite (?) Techno Pen; black, waterproof ink; 0.2 tip. And, YES... I am crazy. We KNOW this. Ugh. If I'd known in the beginning what I knew THEN, I would have used my good art pens. THOSE are refillable. No running out. ROFLMAO. No stress my ass.

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  • (May 13, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Ok. Now. Done. Right?


    There are parts of this ink doodle that I REALLY like. The line that turns a corner (bottom left) and starts to break apart. The box (that comes at the end of the previously mentioned line) that breaks apart yet maintains the "idea" of what it was, enough to change the contents of the box next to it (the fish). The delicacy of the tree. The lines. The absolute beauty of black ink on white paper. Etc. Etc.

    Soooo...I thought I was done with the drawing and I began to panic because a name had NOT come to mind. I hadn't taken this doodley drawing SERIOUS, so I hadn't focused on names in anyway. I called on Gary for help and we began to play word games. Well, the REAL score? He played with words and I stressed and nit picked (it had been a rough day). LOL. At one point the words began to gain momentum and the spiral in-ing commenced. The conclusion: Tenuous Minor (A Flatted Third). You can tell Gary (musician) was involved. I had NO CLUE that a minor was a flatted third. It SO WORKS as the title for THIS pen and ink. Awesome. So. Ok. Now. Done. Right?

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  • (May 28, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Sidetracked. Done now? YES.
    Not kidding. REALLY. DONE. LOL.


    This is funny, but it turned out that I was not done. I see you rolling your eyeballs over there. Ok. So I deserve a rolled eyeball or two. Go ahead. I deserve it. LOL. I had ACTUALLY begun to work on the drawing that started all of this.... when I looked over and realized that ONE MORE THING needed to be done. The left-hand portion of the ink doodle had been drawn first. This meant that there was nothing to counterweight the delicacy of those initial first lines. As the right-hand portion of the sketch developed it had become MUCH heavier (compositionally speaking). The ink lines needed to be re-balanced. So I went back to the beginning of the drawing and balanced out some of those lines :) Now, it's done. I just need to frame it.

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  • (May 29, 2012) Posted June 01, 2012

    Presenting: "Tenuous Minor (A Flatted Third).


    This little surreal ink doodle was all about breaking my mind apart and bridging artistic spaces. Because it wasn't a REAL drawing... I could take chances with the composition and just run with the flow. Well.... I'm going to consider this: faint accompli baby. It's time to pick up the pencil(s) again and get back on that pony.

    In the interim, here's a link to the Official Gallery Page for this little pen & ink doodle.

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