Black and White ink drawing illustrations
The Black and White illustrations were all done on watercolor paper using archival inks. The very first C.Cambrea Art was done using these materials and evolved into color illustrations using a variety of inks, markers, and pens. Eventually the illustrations found their way on top of paint, tracing the stories and creatures within it. Follow the link above if you are interested in how that came to be. It wasn’t until moving to Vermont that I had the space to start painting on canvas. Before that I lived in tiny studio apartments or traveled wherever the wind blew me. I always had paper and markers for drawing no matter where I went.
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My first art show was called “Doodles Gone Mad” and that really is what my ink drawing are. A few years back I started getting questions like, “Are these Zentangles”? I had no idea what that meant. One day while in my local art store there they were; Books about Zentangles. It stopped me dead in my tracks. There is actually a how to DIY doodle movement now. It felt simultaneously violating and validating. It is extremely meditative to doodle and go into my own world. The one and only detention in school was in 8th grade math class. The referral note that was sent home to my mom said “Cristine was doodling in class and will need to stay after school for detention”. My mom said she saved it but she has yet to locate it for me. That’s something I’d definitely love to frame and hang in my studio; At the time I was devastated. It wasn’t that I wasn’t paying attention to him but it helped me to focus better when I doodled. He was just an old meanie and should have stopped teaching years ago. I was the shy, quiet, weird girl in school. Instead of going to the lunchroom or recess, I’d hang out in the art room.
These ink drawings haven’t gone away. I often find my way back to these more simple black and white drawings, especially while traveling. It’s easy to leave some of my favorite pens and a small pad of watercolor paper in my bag . By the way, that is the actual bag I carry around 🙂 Most of these originals have been sold. There are a couple in this gallery that are still available.
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