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zen critters in ink

October 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Analog Process, Art, Concept, Drawing

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Behold the sick sick sick skills of Zach Johnsen. I came across Zach’s work a while ago on Drawn. He inspired me.

I grew up in a small town. And in that small town my Grandpa owned some land on a creek. I spent many hours in the creek as a boy. Because of this I feel a special bond to most creek critters.

This concept would be a series of ink & watercolor pieces highlighting some of my favorite creek critters (some are not so much IN the creek but from around the wilderness of rural Missouri);

  • Box turtle
  • Crawdad
  • Minnows
  • Tadpole / Bullfrog
  • Spiders
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Catfish, baby catfish
  • Sunfish
  • Rabbit
  • Deer

Stylistically, I’m still not sure how I’d tackle this one, but ink & watercolor seems a good start. I recently put together some pieces similar in process in the preparation of my unborn daughter’s room.

Does this sound like a good project?

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  • 1 John Hotop // Oct 18, 2007 at 11:35 am


    I like the creek critter project, but then again, maybe I’m biased.

    I have one point to make about your the creek critter project. That is, don’t forget the creek is a spring-fed creek. It does not, nor has it ever dried up. It flows freely rain or drought. Somehow, I really think you need to incorporate “spring-fed” into this creek critter project.

    Uncle J-

  • 2 jacobmake // Oct 18, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Interesting point. I do like that aspect. Water is so universal and symbolic. As a child I loved the amount and variety of LIFE that came out of Saline Creek. It was always perfect for wading, and the experiences I had exploring the gravel beds while in the water are what I connect with most. The concepts of flow, eternal, & renewal all come to mind. Thank you!

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