As an avid art lover there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about the tricks and techniques artists have used throughout the centuries to create their artworks. Recently a good friend of mine introduced me to the technique of automatic drawing, which was originally championed by the surrealists as a means to overcome self-censorship. The technique basically involves randomly letting rip with a pen or a paintbrush on some paper or canvas. Sounds like a laugh, I though, so I gave it a go…
Well, I’m sure you can imagine the surprise I got when, after scribbling away for an hour and a half on a piece of paper with no thought or foresight whatsoever, I was greeted by a drawing of none other than your own sweet self as a result! Granted, it probably isn’t the most flattering drawing you’re ever likely to see of yourself, but a drawing of you it is nonetheless! Now, I’m not suggesting there’s anything mystical or supernatural about this artwork, but you’ve got to admit… it is a bit weird, isn’t it?
Yours artistically, Sal Bonneville. Aged 32.
You’re right, that is a bit weird! But… when you’re using a technique that was championed by surrealists, isn’t that precisely what you should have expected?