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But what a time I had, pulling the one strip that was fit to use from the desk (currently a ziplock bag in my rucksack) from among the piles of unuseables (too soppy, too snide, too scruffy, too depressing, too personal, too heartfelt, too rude...) including, alas, the strip about V for Vendetta (yes, I've seen the movie, and yes, it's great) which failed on bleakness, confidential personal history, awkward flow and problems with the ink spreading (serve me right for using the pretty sanguine sandalwood-scented stuff).

But, yes, to return to the subject matter. I've always had a lot of time for artists who destroy their works. It shows powerful confidence -- that you can make more, that they will be better. For me, the compulsive doodler, it's more a matter of practicality: I simply can't keep everything. Although I usually opt for the more prosaic, less polluting, black plastic bag.

Ah, there's some corner of an English landfill that is forever Jeremy Dennis.

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badasstronaut
23rd Mar, 2006 20:47 (UTC)
Wow! I low that combination of smooth colour over the pencil strokes, and the places where the colours merge. I think I especially like the bit with those pale, watery heads peering over your shoulder.
kristenlou
23rd Mar, 2006 21:43 (UTC)
The colors in this are gorgeous.

I have to tell you that every time I see your stuff it makes me crazy, it haunts me. For whatever reason, the casual freedom of your strip stuff inspires, makes me want to make art, and I am ultimately dissapointed because I don't.
benchilada
23rd Mar, 2006 22:23 (UTC)
I have to tell you that every time I see your stuff it makes me crazy, it haunts me. For whatever reason, the casual freedom of your strip stuff inspires, makes me want to make art...

That's perfect. That's always what I've wanted to say to her, but never exactly known how.

The only destructive artists that I get sad about are the ones who never create again after their purge...
kristenlou
23rd Mar, 2006 23:16 (UTC)
Thanks.
But unlike me, Jeremy's inspiration is something you actually act on and get drawing. Excellent motorcycle, by the way.
benchilada
24th Mar, 2006 04:07 (UTC)
Thank you for the praise of my crappy motorcycle.
And I bet you could get your inspiration out.

Give it a go, and report back. :D
juggzy
23rd Mar, 2006 21:45 (UTC)
This is fantastic. I really like what you do. Sorry, there aren't words enough.
stickismyfriend
24th Mar, 2006 00:17 (UTC)
sounds a chord
always thought that a painting was finished when it 'belonged to itself'

enjoyed this very much - thankyou

charleston
24th Mar, 2006 00:31 (UTC)
I wish I could (a) finish stuff (b) chuck stuff out - you do both! love it
motodraconis
24th Mar, 2006 13:28 (UTC)
I can never throw any artwork away, unless I utterly hate it. But then I'm not very prolific so most of my old stuff is easy to hide away.
Like old diaries, I want to go back and look at them every once in a while... and wince.
jinty
24th Mar, 2006 17:57 (UTC)
I really like the colours and the ideas, but the lettering is particularly hard to read this week...
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