One of life’s most simple pleasures is drawing. Even without skill one can put pen to paper and still find comfort in scribblings and scrawlings, find satisfaction in a curly-q or happiness from doodling. Those who draw use it as both a means of expression and a subconscious pacifier — it simultaneously inspires and calms.
Watching someone else draw, however, is about as exciting as a group of golfing sloths. For me, it’s akin to watching another person play a video game while agonizing silently until it’s my turn again.
That is, until an artist named Shantell Martin changed my mind. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Martin moved to New York from Tokyo five years ago. Her technique is to begin with swooping, looping stream-of-conscious line.
“The pen knows where it’s going and I got very good at following it,” she said of the beginning process. “Then I stop back and fill in the gaps…it’s like a language unfolding.”
She draws on everything, “cars, shoes, people, walls, clothes, planes, whatever I can get my hands on.”
People, you say? Shantell Martin, you can draw on us any time. You rule.