Tuesday, March 8, 2011

a few lines

there is a visionary draftsman, a draw-er, who is in need of cash. he is left handed, talented, quirky, obsessive, cute, and willing to draw things that you and he talk about. he is ian, my firstborn, and he says you're welcome to get in touch. email is located here ian stevens and his web page, old and poor though it is, is here. he says he will take on any commission, and will call to talk it over with you.  
why am i putting this on my blog? he asked me for any ideas, so i thought i'd throw this into the ethers and maybe someone would find a drawing. are they any good? yes, or i wouldn't have written. this is a young man with talent, pictures and stories, but no book, no publisher, no direction. me? well, maybe you have guessed i'm a little busy and though we keep talking together about a book, it hasn't happened.
the drawings above, so poorly shot, are all i could do quickly. the first drawing is a small one he made for me for christmas. it's kinda funny, you'll notice the two missing shingles from the roof are below. the trees drawing is many years old, high school maybe, elder maples. the last is a huge hole. his materials: white drawing paper, a pen, usually black ink. and a huge imagination. he tells me he just finished a float plane commission(!), and not long ago a moose. oh, and walrus are big favorites...and barns and hoosies. you'll see...

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Wonderful drawings.
Love the top one. (Made me think of Baba Yaga's house.)
It's great that he'll get more exposure through this.

liniecat said...

That top one is very clever, surely hed be great for illustrations in the magazines? Wonder if he sent that one to say Private Eye the satrirical magazine here in the UK or aim for that kind of intelligent mag or nerwspaper?
I mean it could be a skit on deforestation so work for Greenpeace too you know?
Lyn thinking laterally lol

Valerianna said...

Love the expressiveness of his lines, and of course the trees. Wish I weren't so tight or I'd surely lend a hand!

Velma said...

i love that top drawing, i really like his stilty hoosies, his way of taking old structures and reinventing them, charging them with stories in fun and poignant. i particularly like the drawing on the web site of the interior of our barn.

Velma said...

that's "is fun"

onesmallstitch said...

I hope Ian gets the encouragement and support that his work deserves. It is unique, quirky and magical.

Velma said...

he is hoping to keep paying the rent. he'd like to pay his college loans. he dreams of owning a car...

Fiona Dempster said...

Ian' work is fragile and detailed isn't it? His talent is enormous. I hope somehow the connections get made and the next steps happen...

Velma said...

he's impatient for the next "step" or big thing...i was too at 28.

anastasia said...

ah the next step...i know that feeling. i've had to take a step back, and so wait for the next opportunity to go forward; i'm hoping i will know it for what it is. shel silverstein comes to mind when seeing the first illustration.

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