Derwent Graphik Pens – Andy Pilarski

Derwent Graphik Pens – Andy Pilarski


ANDY:
My name’s Andy Pilarski,
I’m the general manager of the
Milwaukee Farwell location. Been with the company
for about six years now. My work, my job,
and my artistic process are very connected in that my teaching
is connected to my making and I get to teach
every day at work. I’m very mixed media based
so everything I do starts off with probably FW inks
as just sort of a base. From there I go either into
dip pens with ink at the end of it or I’ve been
experimenting with the new Derwent pens. Their line painter pens
have been pretty awesome. I really like they’re sort of
a combination between an ink pen and a paint pen. It’s a little bit more fluid
than your traditional paint pen, so I like how the ink sort of
like spatters off of them. It’s very satisfying, so chance
and experimentation are sort of the linch pin
of my drawings. They can start off
as just a blob of ink and stay a blob of ink that just evolves
to more blobs of ink, or it can turn into something
that I’ve been thinking about for days and weeks,
if not years, or sometimes
it’ll just turn into a big floating green skull. There’s so much more interest
in spontaneity for me, like the ink exploding
on the page is much more
interesting for me than to sit down and figure out
what I’m going to draw first and then try to
accomplish that. I like to let the medium
sort of do the work for me sometimes. I want to see
what things will do. I want to see how
things will react, it’s sort of like the idea
of being mad scientist, you know, just sort of
letting things happen and then using more like traditional
technical skills to sort of like wrangle them
in a little bit, where a wild ink
splatter might, you know,
take a little bit more form with some
simple pen marks or some really
laborious pen marks. I find that it’s really
important to have a balance in my work, you know, exploding lines that are
very random and energetic, combined with
very calculated and very time consuming
hatch marks as well, and I feel like
those two things sort of homogenize
into a final piece. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast
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