It is still early in the year 2017 and as always this time of year I have loads of ideas and plans. This predictable boost in energy probably has something to do with the psychology behind a fresh new start. One of those plans involves showing two fresh Mr. Upside drawings on MrUpside.com.
More art quickly and at a lower price
The plan is to make my art a bit more quickly and for a lower price. This allows me to test what is better resonating with my audience. And although I wouldn't mind, it is more likely that a smaller artwork with a price around € 100,- would leave my studio or gallery sooner than an artwork of more than € 1200,-.
Art as a gift
January was a nice month for gifts. I was asked to do a nice commissioned piece as a farewell gift to a manager at KPN. And colleagues of another KPN manager, also leaving the same company, bought the fresh new illustration / painting 'Icecream Jedi'. It wasn't even available online yet.
This illustration 'Icecream Jedi' is a colorful illustration on heavy paper featuring a human character eating an icecream. Icecreams are a bit of an art fetisch for me, as they represent the positive side of candy and I associate icecreams with sunny summer days. On a more abstract level icecreams are something you eat. Food. Taken in. Quickly, because otherwise the icecream melts.
The style of the artwork 'Icecream Jedi' is different from the more abstract Bold Lines paintings and an experiment to move towards a more figurative style. A style that is hopefully more appealing to a different audience. Furthermore, the illustration is made with Posca acrylic paint markers. To speed up the process. And to keep the color scheme consistent.
Drawing 'Doodle I' is an illustration in black and white on paper with, as the name already reveals, lots of doodles. It was inspirered by the comments on other Mr. Upside artworks that 'a lot is happening' and 'one can keep looking' at the them and 'seeing different things every time'.
Again, the style of drawing 'Doodle I' is different from the more abstract Bold Lines paintings and an experiment to move towards a style that involves more doodling.
The relatively small size (4.7" x 6.7" / 12 x 17cm) makes it the perfect gift. It is one-of-a kind and fits in every interior. It comes with a plain white frame but can also be bought without.