Thursday, January 27, 2011

Aubrey Beardsley


These are my copies of Aubrey Beardsley's work. I continue my study of "lines and grids" which was my topic for the Sketchbook Challenge. In many ways his he was a master of zentangles, he just didn't know the term.



He died at age 25 (1872-1898) of tuberculosis. There was a period where he did some erotic drawings. Towards the end of his life he converted to Roman Catholicism and wrote to a publisher begging him to destroy all obscene drawings. Naturally, that was not done and the publisher sold those drawings and forgeries.


The above is my copy of his self portrait (got that?).


11 comments:

Elza said...

Although I know the work of Aubrey Beardsley, and actually have the book that he illustrated for Oscar Wilde, it is very interesting to see your interpretation. It made me realize that grand masters, besides drawing well, in whatever fashion also present something extra. Your great interpretations show that Beardsley's subjects were a feast for the mind and the eye. Your depictions are just as interesting. You must admit he had the worst hairstylist though.

Shirley said...

Lovely drawings - looks like you had fun sketching the master!

Cathy Holtom said...

One of my favourites, I have some old prints on the wall!
I think it's fine to 'copy' this sort of thing, most teachers recommend that you do just that to learn about famous artist's techniques.

. said...

My first time visiting your blog, Im enjoying looking through some of your blog and work. I like your sense of humour in your drawings, they have this simple style to them and they draw you in to look more in detail. Well done!
The quilts are very nice too, wish I could sew.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment in my blog, looking forward what else you'll create.

Cheers,
Mari

raena said...

These are great! I also copy some of my online friends when I really like something they did. (I don't post it though!)

marancat said...

I love the portrait - I didn't know that he died so young. Super post!

nanke's stuff said...

I didn't know he died so young, either. Your drawings of his work are really, really, good! And, the info in the post is most interesting! nancy

Carol Leigh said...

You are one talented lady. Love seeing what you're doing. --Carol Leigh

PAMO said...

I love these drawings you've done. The last one of the lady in her Victorian dress has a quilters influence to my eye. Beautiful!

whatidoisme said...

Lovely work - I love Beardsley's work and I think you've more than done him justice. (The hairstyle comment made me laugh!)

Sue

debra morris said...

Very cool Sandra....I loved his work when I was at college although I think it was his risque ones that amused me at the time. Haven't caught up for a while, great textile painting too......are the twins boys or girls?