Illustration Friday – “Hierarchy” Entry

Illustration Friday Entry
Week of 5/1/09  – 5/7/09
Theme – Hierarchy

I’m participating in Illustration Friday; an ongoing weekly event, which inspires artists of all mediums to create themed work in a short period of time.

Every Friday, a new theme is chosen and posted on the Illustration Friday site. Artists spend the week producing their take on the topic–and the result is truly enjoyable.

I love the challenge of producing work with a theme, so I’m going to try to participate as often as possible. This week’s theme is Hierarchy.

Hierarchy by Ren Adams

Hierarchy by Ren Adams

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“Hierarchy” is done with traditional Chinese brush painting techniques on white rice paper. Each stroke is laid down only once and washes are built up for dimension.

The human is small, like a single grain of sand among billions, in the face of the universe… in traditional Chinese painting, humans are often painted small, in relation to nature; a reminder of the hierarchy of the flow of things.

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