Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Favorite Drawing

This is one of my favorite ink and marker drawings of Alice in Wonderland by Sherri DuPree-Bemis. I really admire the attention to detail seen in her varying-weighted lines. She mixes a flawless use of thin and thick strokes to achieve her goal. Fine lines are used for shading as well as to create the feel of texture within the hair. Bringing further mention to her detail, you can see that she built the pattern of the dress and the coat of the rabbit with smaller objects, such as a potted plant or a cat, to give it more depth rather than simply using a solid fill. It gives the drawing a sense of raw emotion. Even though this is a very well known character, with plenty of renditions by plenty of artists, DuPree-Bemis puts quite her own unique spin on this version by adding in the details of Alice's dress with things from the lore and surrounding culture of Alice in Wonderland. This makes the piece a cohesive and complete drawing, rather than just a sketch of Alice scrawled away on the borders of a notebook page. Sherri DuPree-Bemis may not be a well known artist, by any means, but she finds time to create artwork while also juggling a full-time touring band and raising a family. It truly brings out more of the piece for me, realizing that she can have the time to give even the smallest things as much detail as the next, the shoes being a great example. The shoes are disjointed from the main focus of the piece, but still just as detailed as the frills of Alice's dress. Creating a sort of strange sense of hierarchy, where should we even truly focus? On the detail? On the drawing as a whole? It's really what makes this drawing, and many of her others, some of my favorite works of art. It may not be Monet, but it is one of my favorites.

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