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Another relevant historic art form I can relate to my work is Surrealism.  It began in the early-1920s and developed out of the Dada activities of World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s on, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music, of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, and philosophy and social theory. Out of all the famous surrealist artist, I’d say that René François Magritte was the most interesting of them all.

Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, in 1898, the eldest son of Léopold Magritte, a tailor, and Adeline, a milliner. He began lessons in drawing in 1910. In 1912, his mother committed suicide by drowning herself in the River Sambre. Magritte was present when her body was retrieved from the water. The image of his mother floating, her dress obscuring her face, may have influenced a 1927–1928 series of paintings of people with cloth obscuring their faces, including Les Amants, but Magritte disliked this explanation. Her famous image of the pipe. Saying that, “This is not a pipe…but an image of a pipe.”

The movement in the mid-1920s was characterized by meetings in cafes where the Surrealists played collaborative drawing games and discussed the theories of Surrealism. The Surrealists developed a variety of techniques such as automatic drawing.

Throughout the 1930s, also know as the golden age, Surrealism continued to become more visible to the public at large. A Surrealist group developed in Britain and, according to Breton, their 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition was a high water mark of the period and became the model for international exhibitions. Dalí and Magritte created the most widely recognized images of the movement. Dalí joined the group in 1929, and participated in the rapid establishment of the visual style between 1930 and 1935.



        The most historical form of art that I can relate to by work is Baroque Art. This type of art form was primarily associated with the religious tensions within Western Christianity: division on Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Critics in the late nineteen-century first applied the word “baroque”, to the art of period from the late 1500s to the late 1700s. For me, the most famous artist of this period is Caravaggio.

          Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, usually just known as Caravaggio. He was born on 28 September 1571 and died at 18 July 1610, an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610. He is considered the first great representative of the Baroque school of painting.




Beginning around the year 1600, the demands for new art resulted in what is now known as the Baroque. The canon promulgated at the Council of Trent (1545–63) by which the Roman Catholic Church addressed the representational arts by demanding that paintings and sculptures in church contexts should speak to the illiterate rather than to the well-informed, is customarily offered as an inspiration of the Baroque, which appeared, however, a generation later




          Out of the many forms of Baroque art such as painting, sculpting, architecture, theatre, literature and music, I find that painting and sculpting are the closest art form I can relate to. The ways these art forms are created have the sense of perfection. Baroque covers a wide range of styles and artists that use revolutionary techniques of dramatic, selective illumination of figures out of deep shadow, a hallmark of Baroque painting. Contrary to the traditional idealized interpretation of religious subjects, Baroque realistically presents models from the streets.




           The new Baroque style is a dynamic art that reflects the growth of absolutist monarchies and is suitable to manifest power. It is also known as “the style of absolutism”. It is a style in which painters, sculptors, and architects rummaged emotion, movement, and variety in their works. Baroque favors higher volumes, exaggerates decorations, adds colossal sculptures, huge furniture etc. Sense of movement, energy, and tension are dominant impressions. Strong contrasts of light and shadow often enhance dramatic effects, very much like how I create my illustrations. I believe that giving a drawing, painting or a sculpture so much emotion that by the moment you see it, you can see exactly what it needs to tell you.



After a long search through the list of artists that were in the galleries I have managed to find one of them who I can strongly relate to my work. He is Robert Crumb, commonly known as the American artist and illustrator R. Crumb. He was born on August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in an unhappy family, surrounded by artistic brothers and sisters, which was chronicled in the 1994 Terry Zwigoff documentary film Crumb.




The content and the intent of his work is the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb’s entire career has unfolded outside the mainstream comic book publishing industry. Crumb’s artwork referenced the detail of early 20th-century cartoon styles. However, his stories were frequently satirical, sexual and politically outrageous, particularly in the context of comic books, which, thanks to the enforcement of the Comics Code, were generally wholesome children’s fare. He soon inspired and attracted a number of other artists who were excited by the possibilities of publishing countercultural comic books.



It’s funny how I never heard of him until today, yet I can relate myself deeply in his work. He is a graphic artist much like myself who mainly just use, graphite and ink on paper. The form of his work is manly cartoon and comic type based. And just by looking at some of his images that he adds humor to his stories and take the piss of the world he lives in, again very much like myself. One of his most recognized works is the “Keep on Truckin” comic, which became a widely distributed fixture of pop culture in the 1970s.



“Keep on Truckin'” is a one-page comic by Robert Crumb. It was published in the first issue of Zap Comix in 1968. A visual riff on the lyrics of the Blind Boy Fuller song “Truckin’ My Blues Away”, it shows an assortment of smiling cartoon men drawn in Crumb’s distinctive style strutting confidently across a barren landscape. He is someone you can look up to since he enjoys what he loves doing. In the mid-1990s Crumb traded six of his sketchbook for a townhouse in a small village in southern France, where he moved with his wife, daughter and son who is still currently illustrating his famous one-page comics.

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          First of all my name is Eivan Kyle Bonita, I am eighteen and I was born in the Philippines in the city of Cebu. I came to New Zealand roughly two years ago and currently doing the Certificate of Design in Unitec. In this essay I will be describing the content, context, intent, subject matter, form of my artwork and the practical methods I use.

          For as long as I can remember I always loved drawing. Creating images from my mind and then giving them life, a story, a meaning, a purpose…I loved it. The content, context and the intent of my work has always been involved with where I come from. Coming from a country who has over ninety-one million people (91,077,287, July 2007 est.), the number of them who have the ability or talent to create marvellous works of art is enormous. Only the best of the best can benefit from this and get a reasonably standard job. Since the Philippines has a very low economy, where the poverty line exceeds over 40%, making art your career isn’t such a good idea. For people to even look at your work, you have to give each of your artwork everything. This is what I try to accomplish, to make each and every drawing or painting I create a masterpiece. Every detail of my work has to have a sense of perfection so that even the most arrogant, art-hating person can go up to my art and say, “That looks pretty good”.

          Although the Philippines has a pretty big “money issue” it is blessed with the most respectful, disciplined, profound and happy people I have ever seen in my life. Also, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world due to its many (7107 islands to be exact) exotic tropical islands. This is what I intend to do, to discipline each of my work and to give them a profound meaning or a message. I try to keep everything inline and keep it neat, I have patience when work so I can draw out its full potential. I put as much effort as I can in my work to show the viewers these things that appear in my mind.       

          Out of all the ways of creating art, I would have to say that drawing or sketching is my strength, it is my art form…it’s what I’m good at, it’s what I most enjoy doing. Some people say that it is best to explore many forms of art to see your true potential, so I’d say I’m pretty stubborn. I prefer to master my drawing skills before I change to a different media or form such as painting or sculpting. And for me to be able to master drawing, I should be able to compare myself to two of my most idolized artists I know, the great Michelangelo and favourite comic book artist Jim Lee.

          The image above is Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece, the painting he did on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Even until now people still look in amazement of how he was able to create such fine image on the ceiling of a church. The detail of the images on the ceiling is so amazingly accurate that it inspired me to become like him. It was his gift, he was so amazing at what he did and for that he was known as the greatest artist of all time. He was immortalized by his work, remembered through time, and this is what I want to achieve. I want to create something so beautiful that it’ll somehow loose its meaning. I want to drown it’s meaning in beauty, so people get confused and try to figure out its significance and to make them forget that its just an artwork, since not everything beautiful has to have a meaning…it was just made that way to make you look.

            On the other hand Jim Lee has always been my favourite graphic artist. The way he draws something, his style, his technique is what I constantly desired to have. I had his comics since I was a kid and up till now I still try to replicate his images, combining it with my own approach. What I really did respect about his drawings are the poses and the emotions of his characters, also the proportion of their bodies, hands and faces all match flawlessly. It’s appealing to look at plus the lighting and the shading look so awesome that I mimic his style in shading. I noticed most of his drawings are muscly just like mine, the cross-hatching he uses while shading is what I use as well. Jim Lee is someone who I can definitely relate my artistic form to since I wanted to be like him. He’s not that famous but he’s great at what he does, look at the image above and see what I mean. 

          So now that I have analysed what I do, I would say the subject matter of my art conceptual, fantasy driven imagery. I tend to let my imagination run wild as I create creatures, monster and heroes from my mind. I enjoy doing this and I will want to improve myself. I to give life to the drawings I have to let people know more about myself, what I see inside my mind, what I like. Thus concluding this essay, I consider myself as a practitioner of graphic art, doing what I can to this world a more attractive place.