Silhouette by Bonnie Aungle

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A study in Zen – life drawing meditation, ink and water. 1 minute.
From a series of experiments of “letting go” (of the ego) in creating, and freeing oneself from the “inner critic”, achieved by being as loose as possible and giving up control to allow for “mistakes”. (Exercises I use for this include: using very quick poses from the model; using unpredictable brushes; drawing with my left hand; continuous line; drawing without checking my work; and even drawing with my eyes closed.)


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  • PlanBee
    PlanBeeabout 5 years ago

    lovely!! ad congratulations on the t-shirt homepage feature!

  • Thank you so much, and for bringing that to my attention! :)

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • SAungle
    SAungleabout 5 years ago

    Hey well done Bonnie! Have you made sales?

  • Thanks Samantha, no sales yet for this one… lets hope this exposure helps though.

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • aha! a sale :)

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • A few more sales – for some reason this image seems to be my most popular now…

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • kellbellrauch
    kellbellrauchabout 5 years ago

    love it x)

  • :)

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • Th3rd World Order
    Th3rd World Orderabout 5 years ago

    this is awesome how did you do this?

  • Thank you, I did it at a life drawing session during a series of 1 minute poses by the model. First I applied water to the paper with a paintbrush, and then I drew a very quick, rough figure with a stick dipped in ink. The water makes the ink bleed and creates a nice effect :)

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • Th3rd World Order
    Th3rd World Orderabout 5 years ago

    awesome work

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerabout 5 years ago

    Love the fact this came out of a life drawing session. Beautiful design :)

  • Cheers Natalie! It’s one of those happy “accidents”

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • nik vyas
    nik vyasabout 5 years ago

    still really still image

  • “Still” is a very interesting word to describe it, I study Zen and I see drawing as a type of meditation… I definitely think the most honest and successful works are a product of the achievement of “stillness”; when the mind/self becomes free of it’s chatter and “story”, and is open to experience the moment, when the ego becomes an illusion, which allows for complete and utter freedom of expression in the truest sense. Thank you, Nik.

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • AndreStan
    AndreStanabout 5 years ago

    Very interesting

  • Thanks, I am finding it very interesting that this particular image seems to atract the most attention out of all my other work here. I’m not sure why exactly… but I think I might go and re-evaluate some of my other fast, rougher sketches!

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • genevieveink
    genevieveinkalmost 5 years ago

    I really like the fluidity of this piece – lovely work! :)

  • Many thanks, I definitely felt fluid and loose when creating it!

    – Bonnie Aungle

  • o0OdemocrazyO0o
    o0OdemocrazyO0oalmost 5 years ago

    oh nice… quite deep :D

  • Much appreciated! Despite it’s lack of detail, I feel as though I was able to capture some of the essence of my wonderful model in this drawing… which can be quite challenging in these one minute poses!

    – Bonnie Aungle

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