THROUGH IAN’S EYES: PART III

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I am yet again consumed by my aimless wandering. Not really sure how many days have passed. It’s never been that difficult for me to charm my way into a warm  bed with a sumptuous meal. But this time I’ve seen the sun rise at least seven times on an unsatisfied stomach. (That’s just a week for you but to a cat that’s quite a long span.) I can’t tell if I’m getting to that age where I’ve lost my appeal or if the world is just colder.

It’s not so nice to be almost trampled on by mindless humans who always seem to be going somewhere important, particularly all you want them to do is slow down long enough to take notice and care. I guess lucky for me, in a world ruled by humans, they’ve forgotten how to survive. No longer concerned with the efficient use of their resources, they’ll leave half-eaten meals sitting about. Eating too much of this stuff will surely make me ill and I can’t deny that I’ve grown accustomed to the finer things. This is why building rapport with humans who stop long enough to care is fundamental to how I live.

As I make my way against the crowd, this time avoiding their ghastly stomps, all I can think about is her. The one that has shown me the most kindness. The gentle way we communicate through emotions. The countless times she’s taken me in only to have me slip out through the bathroom window. Dusk is approaching; it will take several hours for me to get to Fourth Street.

‘Through Ian’s Eyes’ is a mini project based on my friend’s 1000+ iPhone photos taken between 2013-14. In the series I will pick one photo a day for a week to interpret in drawing and story.

 Ian and I met 8 years ago in Beijing and maintained a supportive, close friendship through email, skype and random meetings in Montreal, Vancouver, Vermont and New York. He is one of the most fascinating people I know and I hope to give you a glimpse of his personality through the characterization of him… as a cat. 

Update: I have to admit I overcommitted thinking I can start the year by keeping a daily blog which now means posting a drawing and piece of creative writing. I’m all about challenges but when it begins to affect my health, I need to take a step back.  However, I’ve fallen in love with blogging so for the foreseeable future I plan to keep at it as frequently as possible. Thanks so much for bearing with me as I figure it all out!

 I started the image for this post yesterday and really struggled to get it to work, even though it’s mostly silhouettes. Today I actually finished two sketches to compensate for missing yesterday’s post. But the way the story is shaping, the other drawing will work better later in the series. 

And the scribbling continues…

9 thoughts on “THROUGH IAN’S EYES: PART III

  1. Love the light/shadow contrast and perspective of this painting. Pairing the images and story also manages to bring out something more from both mediums 🙂

    1. Thanks so much AVIB333!!! This image was a great way to practice value and perspective. Definitely looking forward to exploring more storytelling with painting. 🙂

      1. I look forward to seeing more! I’ve also been toying with the idea of merging design and some of my creative writing–if you ever wanted to toss around some ideas, I’d love it if you shot me an email. Can’t wait for your next post!

      2. Ooh I think that would be fantastic if you started experimenting with your design and creative writing, especially with your focus on editorial design. Plus you’re an illustrator too 🙂 Exciting!!!

        For some reason the ‘Contact Me’ and ‘Let’s Talk’ pages aren’t working for me. If you wouldn’t mind sending an email to hello@zhangah.ca, I would love to keep in touch and exchange ideas/input!

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