Follow the Pen

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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.

[Follow the Pen via The New Yorker]

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Thoughts?
  • Kirsten

    I can’t help but laugh when she says “I trust the pen” but man she, and what she makes, is pretty cool. Maybe it as partially the music, but I felt quite hypnotised watching her draw.

  • Amatoria Clothing

    I feel that she should do a partnership with someone to use her drawings for curtains, wallpaper, sheets, etc… I would buy them!