My husband introduced me to Abstract, The Art of Design which is a Netflix original documentary. The episode we watched is on the illustrator Christoph Niemann Constraints and Creativity. Christoph Niemann is a very talented artist and his work is just absolutely amazing and inspirational.
First, we see a little book in which Christoph took a flat iron symbol, and, by rotating it, scaling it, and duplicating it, transformed it to fill a whole volume with pictures of other objects. Later on we see his Sunday Sketches this started as an Instagram project for him. It involves creating a whimsical composition out of the everyday objects found around him.
From the onset I was totally engrossed in the programme. I found myself wanting to come up with my own ideas and trying to create something similar to Christoph’s Sunday Sketches. So impressed by what we had seen my husband ordered the book “Sunday Sketching” without any hesitation. The first two pictures below is what my husband was inspired to come up with not bad for coming up with something on the spur of the moment.
For me a good way to unwind and relax would be to have a cup of Camomile tea, plain paper and some pencils to draw with. Then let the creativity take its course and come up with something which is a little bit quirky. Even at school abstract always resinated with me than doing portraits. I took art at school and until I was fourteen years old I did not think I was good enough to draw. When it came to picking my final subjects I ended up picking art. I quickly realised that when I put by mind to it I was actually a very good artist.
As my teacher had told me I should not compare my work with others. To be honest I just thought my work wasn’t up to scratch. After a few months the realisation that I was good dawned on me. I wished I had known this years early as I could have taken it seriously and worked on it to better myself. Art and fashion go hand in hand and for me I am sure you will agree with me on this. When I watch someone be creative it is just fascinating and fulfilling to see them succeed in their craft.
When I realised my son Wyatt loved drawing, painting and I can safely say anything creative. I was thrilled, he was only two years old when he drew a cat’s face at nursery. I mean a proper face not just scribbles and lines. We must have hundreds of drawing of, his Spongebob Sqaurepants phase. His volcano phase oh my did he love that phase with so many drawings of volcanoes erupting. No wonder he loves disaster movies….
So when he saw the documentary he was very much impressed and inspired by the artwork produced by Christoph which showed his outside the box thinking.
Here is one of my favourite quote from Christoph Niemann On design: “It’s extremely exciting, but it never becomes easy.”
Let me know what you think of Sunday Sketching by leaving a comment below. Also if you get a chance to see the documentary let me know what you think too.
Sunday Sketching: ChristophNiemann.com