Everywhere Tendrils: Day 177

Photograph of pen drawing

When I started this abstract design the other day, I was in the mindset of trying to create, visually, the feeling of an infinite number of creepy tendrils reaching for you from all directions. Claustrophobia, as well. So far, I think a bit of those feelings attached to it. Honestly, the “tendrils” idea kind of came from a strange thought. Imagine you knew that they were arms and hands, attached to angry people, reaching for you. Trying to grab you and pull you god knows where. But you close your eyes and so what you feel tugging at your clothes and limbs suddenly feels like it could be anything. Anything “tendril” like. It’s a strange thought, and I don’t often go into what my thought process really is when I start my drawings, but I thought I would share that for once.

Okay! One more question to answer for today. Then I have just one more after this one which I’ll save for tomorrow. Thanks, once again, to Crystal Moody for providing these questions via (I’m pretty sure) her newsletter. I suggest anyone interested in her artwork, or the artist thought process in general, to go subscribe! Her newsletters are always top quality awesome, and are full of interesting creativity related web links.

How do you feel after doing your creative work?

Oh man, the answer to this question is so varied. Lately, since I’ve been having trouble getting in the right positive mindset to complete my work, I’ve been a lot more relieved to finish my work and get it posted than I probably should be. It’s felt a bit like a chore to get started lately. However, I definitely feel that I’m coming out of that and I’m enjoying the process of creating a lot more than I did a few days ago. I just had to change up a few routines and it seems to have worked. For the past 175+ days though, once I complete my work and get it posted, I’ve mostly had a feeling of satisfaction. It’s pretty cool to do something everyday that you can feel proud of.



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  • Brad Thornhill

    I get that exact feeling of being confined in a tight space with no where to run from the tetrils ><