Artist Reimagines Topographical Maps With Detailed Hand-Drawn Portraits

UK-based artist Ed Fairburn commemorates the connection between people and places in his unconventional illustrations. Using hand-picked maps from his collection, he carefully adds hand-drawn portraits to the topography of cities and landscapes, merging human figures with the environment.

“At its core, my work is loosely about coexistence,” he tells My Modern Met. “That can mean commemorating the links an individual has with a particular location, but it can also represent something much wider, shining a light on the similarities between ourselves and this place we call home—celebrating the way in which we are a product of the landscape, and recognizing how the landscape is increasingly becoming a product of us, our actions, and the choices we all make.”

Read the original article here…

Hairy Who? he’s back!

when i finished my daily eCollage today, it took me back to the days (late 1960’s) when my work was very much influenced by the chicago Hairy Who? artist group. they were later renamed the Chicago Imagists. the original group consisted of Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Jim Falconer, Suellen Rocca and Karl Wirsum. to that group were added as imagists: Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Philip Hanson, Barbara Rossi, Ed Flood, Irving Petlin, Sarah Canright, Richard Wetzel, Ray Yoshida, Errol Ortiz, Ronald Markman and Lynn Duenow.

ronald markman was my advisor in graduate school at IU/Bloomington, but well before that i was an Imagist. it suited my angst.

i veered away increasingly to abstraction during the 1980’s, and am now what i call an abstract painter with real world references.

but today, my old Hairy Who? self reappeared. much more abstract, but nevertheless…

must be the zeitgeist.

A Daily Art Practice

When I was a kid, the mantra to “eat an apple a day, keep the doctor away” I must have heard hundreds of times! And I believed it!

As silly as that might seem now, it did make some sense nutritionally. After all, apples are a healthy and tasty snack! (Especially with a bit of peanut butter applied to each slice, or a bit of cheddar cheese!)

These days my mantra is, no matter what mood I’m in, making some art helps me to feel better. Even if it is just making a few quick sketches in my Moleskin notebook. I take the easy route and use some easily transportable tools. I keep the notebook and the drawing tools in a zip lock bag. A grab and go solution, for a few pleasurable minutes, or an hour, sitting outside, looking at plants, and doing loose drawings.

Later I scan those drawings, or capture them with my phone, to use in my computer-based eCollages.

My favorite tools are: Pentel Graphgear 1000 Drafting Pencil, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, Copic Gasenfude Brush Tip Pen, and the Pentel Art Brush Pen. No need to carry a bottle of ink around – it’s already inside the pen!

A little art every day helps keep the loneliness away!