Friday, April 27, 2007

picture of guilt

I am really happy with the colours I've achieved in this drawing. However, I'm not sure about the composition. I drew around the purse to get the shape down onto the paper and now I wish I'd pushed the side in first. Damn.

I bought this purse specifically to draw. It was very very cheap. This kind of purchase always causes me a moral dilemma. Whilst I adore a bargain the guilt always creeps in. How can they make these things so cheap? Where was it made and by whom? Adult? child? How much were they paid? Were they paid? What were the conditions like? How much damage to the environment was caused just so I can get a bargain like this? Am I a bad person? Welcome to my world.

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10 Comments:

Blogger mrana said...

Andrea this is superb! Not only do I love the colour and detail but the composition too... somehow the side sticking out makes it seem more 'real', if that makes any sense. And don't feel guilty, I go through the same thing but though I try my best, not everything is fairtrade/organic/good for the environment .. yet!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Fricka said...

I like the colour on this too.

Woah I must be more selfish than I thought, I'm just glad to get a bargain! You have issues... adds to the artistic personality! :D

11:13 PM  
Blogger heather lorin said...

Love the patina on the clasp - very nice!

11:19 PM  
Blogger Cat A. said...

Hi, I came to your blog from Obsessive Compulsive Art Group on Flickr. I think the side of this jutting out makes in more interesting than if it had been drawn normally.

I think your accompanying description about where the article comes from is also very interesting and valid in supplementing the drawing.

Unfortunately almost everything we can buy seems to be dependent on a global infrastructure that seems to use resources, including human labor, at unfair prices to people and the environment.

Anyway, nice drawing.

1:48 AM  
Blogger J Matt Miller said...

Variety is the spice! You have an instinctive ability to compose. Too much symmetry is boring. And thanks for the comments--I look forward to seeing your work as well! Cheers.

4:09 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks guys,

Fricka - you are right I certanly have issues! I too like to believ that it adds to the artistic personality - I mean there has to be some pay-off, right?

Cheers everyone, thanks for stopping by.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Africantapestry said...

I agree...this color is stunning!I'm so glad to see someone else with "issues" too!!
Lovely work!
Ronell

5:04 PM  
Blogger cally said...

Thanks for popping by my absent blog, i'm still pretty sick so not really doing it properly but just wanted to say 'hi' again.

So glad the green countryside was inspirational to you. The fields and soft hills of the Borders hugely inspire my textile work, love the sound of your friends house of crap (collections) :0)

1:05 PM  
Blogger phthaloblu said...

You know, I like this because it's not symmetrical. Your shading is first rate and this is an interesting little picture. Anybody can do a purse that's symmetrical, but doing it differently than everyone else is a courageous move. Great work!

12:28 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thanks ladies!

10:19 AM  

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