"a caterpillar doesn't just grow into a butterfly. a caterpillar must undergo metamorphosis, and a cocoon is where a caterpillar risks it all: enters total chaos, undergoes total rebuilding, and is born to a new way of living. only in taking the risk of entering that inert cocoon can the caterpillar go from dormancy to potency, from ugliness to beauty."

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

ten thousand strokes

Life beats down and crushes the soul
and art reminds you that you have one.

--Stella Adler

my sketch pad has been with me for over a year but except for a single, faint pencil mark, it's empty. i wasn't able to put anything substantial in it until a little more than an hour ago...

yehooooo! my sketch pad is empty no more!!!

the lone sketch pad entry

it took me about an hour to finish this 9" by 12" piece, which is loosely based on a picture i took while a dewar was being filled with liquid nitrogen. the "clouds" represent what's readily seen when liquid nitrogen gets in contact with the surrounding air and evaporates -- a creeping fog.

i'm not quite satisfied with how the trunk turned out because it has too much black in the wrong places but i like the way i managed the greens. using oil pastels, i experimented with short, heavy strokes to represent the leaves -- the process was quick and the over-all effect was better than i expected.

the picture of the artwork is a li'l bit blurred... resolution was compromised by the cellphone cam. argh.


  1. bakit nasa cloud ang tree? hey the resolution aint so bad. =)

  2. the "cloud" is the "creeping fog"...

    yep, the resolution aint so bad... but it's compromised enough --- the short random strokes that represent the leaves don't look as sharp as they actually do.

  3. ah sorry. dko ata nabasa ng maayos post mo. huhu. dka naman na offend noh? :p

  4. im afraid im not artsy hehehe

    all i know is to draw matchstick people which i think everyone does too :)



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