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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'Inkblot #14'

'Inkblot #14'

Check it out! This guy is still available as an original. Follow link for details.
'Horse Friend'

'Horse Friend'

Check it out! We all need a a horse friend 🙂 This piece was sold but reproductions are available. Follow link for information.
'energy abstract'

'energy abstract'

Check it out!Circles large & small represent energy. Most of my work has energy symbolism in it. Large energy balls or lots & lots of it represents a chaotic energy. Manic type energy.
'Pinned Together'

'Pinned Together'

One of the earliest works just before moving into colored inks. Done in NYC & Venice, CA. 96′
'LOVE'

'LOVE'

The original ink illustration ‘LOVE’ was so popular and I loved the concept so much that I created ‘LOVE II’. ‘Love III’ coming soon… View Availability 🙂
'LOVE II'

'LOVE II'

Reproductions available Check it out!
'Twisted'

'Twisted'

Seriously! Who hasn’t felt like this ?? Reproductions available. Check it out!
'Elle'

'Elle'

One of the earliest pieces I ever created and have an image of. 94′
'Inkblot #15'

'Inkblot #15'

I like to think the creatures with their arms represent surrendering. Not like oh sh!t Iv’e been caught take me away. More like I give up and surrender to the powerlessness of my life.
'Ink Blot #6'

'Ink Blot #6'

This sensitive creature looks a little too serious but I still like him.
'King'

'King'

'Untitled II'

'Untitled II'

'growth'

'growth'

Who me?

Who me?

'Us AGAIN'

'Us AGAIN'

'untitled BW #6'

'untitled BW #6'

'More Hands'

'More Hands'

'Eternity'

'Eternity'

'Untitled BW man'

'Untitled BW man'

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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