Jul 24 2011

#85 “Inspiration”

From Adam in Alexandria, Virginia

Several days ago, I posted a picture that was drawn in MSPaint and was comprised solely of scribbled lines. In that post, I briefly discussed the wonder involved in an artist’s ability to take “trash” and turn it into “treasure.” I also included a link in that post to a website that featured 40 fantastic works of art that were created solely from “everyday” discarded items.

Today’s post is like that one in some ways but is also totally different. As you can see from the picture above, this illustration does not appear to be comprised of pieces of trash or discarded items, but it does possess a look of construction that suggests to the eye that there is a “whole” here which is made up of a variety of “parts” or “pieces.” In a brief email exchange with Adam, I told him that it appeared to me that the illustration featured a wolf made out of pipe fittings. His reply struck me as truly interesting; he stated that he had not been inspired by pipe fittings but rather from an interesting and unusual conglomeration of wildly different stimuli. Here is the list of inspirations that Adam referenced for this piece: A leaking condensation line on a central HVAC, corrosion and decay in his townhouse, the “Pump House” level of the old Jurassic Park video game for the Sega Genesis, various robots and specifically Autobots, and finally, the White Zombie album “Astro Creep.”

I was a little confused by the White Zombie reference at first, but when I watched the video for “More Human than Human,” I began to understand. All in all, after reading the entire list and weighing what Adam had said, I was very impressed with this list of broad inspirations for a single illustration. It made me realize that ALL art is a connecting of dots, a polygamist marriage of various partners, a collection of guiding lights and ┬ámuses and models and stimuli.

We are all touched and influenced by so many different factors everyday. We are all different and unique and special, and we all interpret things differently. How else could you have a collection of illustrations with wolves being the only focus and end up with so many different styles and pieces?