Sharon Silver loves to doodle
In this world of electronic arts and design, where elaborate images can be created in minutes using software and a few mouse clicks, there remain the tactile artists who still love to get their hands dirty. I'm one of them.
My love of the creative process began during my childhood. I have memories of being fascinated by watching my mother's handwriting cover a page in minutes, and the artists on TV demonstrating a variety of mediums that soon turned a blank surface into life and movement. This fascination led me to an education in the arts and career in the graphic arts (design, illustration, calligraphy and printing).
Through the years I've experimented with pastels, charcoal and graphite; watercolor, oil and acrylic paints; clay, leather, metal and plaster; and finally a variety of pens and inks. The surfaces I've covered are canvas, walls (10 years as a muralist) and a wide array of papers. I keep returning to my love of the hand written word, calligraphy and a calligraphic style of illustration. Among my favorite tools are Sumo Grip II, metallic Gelly Rolls (dark and light), and the Pigma Micron.
Discovering light out of dark
Early in 1999 I was inspired by a fellow artist's study of light mediums on black paper. I bought silver and gold Gelly Rolls, a pad of black paper....and started to doodle. I then found a set of the light metallic Gelly Rolls and had even more fun. The result was a full portfolio of completed detailed calligraphic illustrations which some have described as:
• a flashback to biology class
• reminiscent of the 60's
• other wordly
• ocean floor sea life
and a few others along the same lines.
I have been an incessant doodler for years, drawing elaborate words and designs on any blank surface that crossed my path. I've found the metallic pens on black and metallic papers to have a tranquilizing effect on me....almost a meditative experience...as I watch the light ink flow onto the dark surface and observe the emerging images. Ice Cream Smooth(TM) is no exaggeration when describing Gelly Rolls. "Spaceflowers" by Sharon Silver 5"x 8" c2000
A word about dark Gelly Roll metallics and Pigma MicronsI was introduced to dark metallic Gelly Rolls and the full color spectrum of Pigma Microns in the spring of 2000. I've found that these products work especially well together on smooth surfaced, uncoated or matte coated, writing or lithographic text and cover papers, most of which are available thorough your local commercial printer, office supply or art materials stores.
I work in an industry that promotes and supports creativity. I've been so inspired by using the Sakura products that I want to share some of my work publicly, and hope that I can encourage and inspire others to delight in the creative process. Keep in mind...it all starts with a doodle.
I live in San Rafael, California (just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate). I'd be happy to answer any questions & give some tips on using the Gelly Roll pens. Just get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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