Friday, 2 November 2018

I Guess We Have All Doodled,

but I never really thought of it as an art form,

 but Albert Chamillard has done just that,

 his monochromatic pen drawings have drawn acclaim for their ability to calm the minds of viewers,

 it is interesting to learn, then, that Chamillard listens to punk and metal while crafting his art, which he shared in an interview with Faithwaites,

 though each monochromatic pen-wrought work is undeniably flat, the artist’s careful use of cross-hatching creates a sense of volume by contrasting more- and less-saturated areas,

 Chamillard uses found and deadstock paper, especially vintage ledgers, and engages the papers’ subtle blue and red writing rules to frame subtle zig-zag patterns within each imagined plane, which further enlivens his seemingly simple drawings,

 When he’s not working on his personal projects after hours, Chamillard runs a drawing and book making studio in Tucson, Arizona,

 He is represented by Eric Firestone Gallery in New York and Etherton Gallery in Tuscon,

and You can see more from the artist on Instagam, now here is a thing, the accounts books that he uses are ruled ledgers, and I spent 5 years as an apprentice learning the art and craft of pen and disc ruling,

and if you are interested in an almost dead craft here is a very informative video of the machine I spent 5 years with, having said that the 1932 Shaw that I worked had four, not three carriages as the one in the video, and rather than being hand fed,

mine had a automatic sheet feeder, but in essence everything else was the same, above a three carriage machine, the company was one of the last, if not the last pen and disc ruling companies in London, shortly after finishing my apprenticeship the company I worked for went bankrupt, so it is a pretty good set of odds that I was the last apprentice in a pen ruling print shop to be indentured,

and somewhere back in the UK I have a document similar to this which was my indenture.

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