The mindfulness of the fan-art

I really love to read. Along with art, is one of those things which I simply can’t live without. I feel sick in case I can’t read for a few days in a row. Can we call it a disease? 😀 A very good one, indeed.

I often make sketches based on the books I’m currently reading, on some situations, or about some characters that I prefer. I think that art and design are closely related, because they can evoke invisible images in someone else’s mind, and allow unknown worlds to pop out from our imagination.

gone to earth mary webb illustration
Illustration from “Gone to earth”, a book by Mary Webb

It seems a lot simple, but in fact it IS really simple. Is one of the simplest things, to open your mind and allow the words finding their place on the paper (thanks to your colors, your pencil and so on), leaving them to stimulate parts of you that are forgotten, hidden or simply unknown. The most difficult part is, actually and obviously, to become aware that you need this state of mind. It’s like a…mindfulness state.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell illustration
Main character of “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” by Karen Russell

So the relevant question is: how to enter in this state of mind? If I knew the ultimate answer, I would be a less more stressed artist, I suppose. By now, meditation and yoga are helping me a lot. Even walking in nature helps. And I know that you probably have heard those thing one million times, but are pretty true. At least give them a try!

The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis by karen russell illustration
Illustration inspired by “The Graveless Doll of Eric Mutis”, by Karen Russell

 

the shadow over Innsmouth lovecraft illustration
Winner of the Prize “The worst photoshoot about an illustration”. Just kidding (meh), illustration inspired by “The shadow over Innsmouth” by H.P. Lovecraft

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