There’s a certain magic in capturing a fleeting moment on paper, especially when it’s brimming with energy, joy, and freedom. My latest artwork, “That Feeling,” is a testament to this magic. It’s a black-and-white drawing that encapsulates the vivacious spirit of a young girl on her skateboard, lost in the thrill of performing an impressive trick. This piece is not just about the physical action; it’s about the emotions it evokes – the universal feeling of unbridled joy and the carefree days of youth.
The Art of Movement
Drawing movement, exceptionally as dynamic as skateboarding, is no easy feat. It requires a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the human form. Every line is about movement and suggestion. The choice to depict her in mid-air, with her hair flowing, adds to the sense of movement. It’s in this suspended moment that the essence of skateboarding, the sheer joy of it, truly shines through.
The artwork is a blend of simplicity and intricacy. While the background is minimalistic the main subject – the girl on her skateboard – has enough detail for recognition, but no more. Because in movement we only see glimpses of details. Using ink sweep adds depth, creating shadows and highlights that enhance the overall aesthetic. The dominant white colour contrasts beautifully with the dark outlines, emphasizing movement and emotion.
The Beauty of Simplicity
In art, sometimes less is more. The minimalistic background in “That Feeling” serves a purpose – it draws all attention to the main subject. There’s no distraction, just a young girl lost in her world, enjoying a moment of pure, unadulterated joy. The choice of black and white not only adds dimensionality to the piece but also emphasizes the emotions within the scene.
The style of the artwork, cartoonish, is a deliberate choice. It evokes a sense of nostalgia, taking one back to their own days of youth, of carefree afternoons spent playing outdoors, and of the simple joys of life. Despite its playful tone, there’s great attention to what details are used and needed to build the allure of movement and emotion, showcasing the skill and technique that went into its creation.
A Nostalgic Dive into Youth Culture
Skateboarding has always been more than just a sport; it’s a culture, a lifestyle, a form of expression. It represents freedom, rebellion, and creativity. “That Feeling” is my tribute to this culture, to the countless young souls who’ve found joy, purpose, and a sense of belonging in it. The drawing, while a simple depiction of a girl on her skateboard, is layered with emotions and memories.
Every time I look at it, I’m transported back to my own days of youth, of the excitement of trying something new, of the thrill of success, and of the lessons learned from failures. It’s a reminder of the simpler times, of the days when the biggest worry was perfecting a new trick on the skateboard.
I invite you to take a moment to look at “That Feeling,” to lose yourself in its lines and to find a piece of your own story in it.