DJ 198

Getting There

L’Appel Du Vide — Jaws

We’re coming down homestretch in digital drawing as we had our second to last critique today. To be honest, I’m a little relieved at that because I thought we actually had two more to do this week, back to back. Luckily not. Anyways, so yeah this is what I turned in today. The prompt for today’s drawing was the phrase “L’Appel Du Vide,” a French expression defined as such:

French — “The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places.

Now, my approach was to simply address “instinctive urge to jump from high places.” Naturally, I thought about skateboarding so I decided to draw Jaws doing an ollie from this picture:

Jaws — Ollie

Though I am proud of it technically, I didn’t dissect the phrase as much as I could’ve. The phrase is actually quite more morbid than just an urge to jump from high places. I didn’t really address “the void” aspect of the phrase. There were a lot of interpretations on what the void was today but one of the main ones was the thoughts of suicide. The call to the void is that moment of contemplation, or the feeling in that moment of considering to enter the void. We discussed that the phrase in large part is built off of failure. Jaws clearly does not want to fail. He’s sending it without any hesitation, expecting to succeed.

But it’s all good. I’m still proud of how it turned out. Once again, it didn’t quite come out how I envisioned it at first but it still works for me nonetheless. I’m just glad to finally be learning how to actually draw digitally in Illustrator.

More to come.