Zebra Wilde


Zebra Wilde
Alex Hinders, 2016.
Colored pencil and pen.

Shortly before coloring this I realized that I was bored with how I colored my abstract drawings. I figured that adding some random patterns would spice up the procedure — and it did! Originally the black zebra stripes in the background weren’t planned. However, there were some dark smudges on the paper that were distracting and I figured I should find a way to cover them up. It added an extra layer of dynamism that a flat white background would’ve lacked in this instance.

You might also note that the piece of paper got bent sometime during the process of creation. (A diagonal crease can be seen in the upper left area of her hair.) Although I worry that this might bring somebody out of the drawing, I personally like to think of it as a reminder that art is something physical and imperfect. A regular mortal sat down with a regular piece of paper and created this. The artist is fallible as a person and the paper is fallible as a physical medium; the artist can get hurt and the paper can be damaged.

I think sometimes we forget that simple truth. Because the viewer is disconnected from the mind of the artist the artwork can seem perfect unto itself and to have otherworldly origins. This feeling can especially be true of the work of artists we most admire — but they too are mere mortals, and their art the product of mortal hands.

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