Here I offer two of my recent just-for-fun sketches. Both drawn on my iPad Pro, Apple Pencil in hand, using the Sketch Club app. The one on the left is a fantasy Selfie, done in response to a challenge to draw a Silly Hat. I based the one on the right, titled Vero as a Clown, on a photo reference.
And I had fun with both sketches. At the age of 69, I have serenely accepted the fact that I will never be a Name. In contradiction to what they taught us in Art School, this is okay. Some of the digital works that I have posted here and there — on my website, on social media, etc. will float around the internet for a time, then disappear sooner or later. My physical works will end up in the dumpster eventually. How many pieces of paper, let alone paintings, will my sons want to hold on to? How many will my grandchildren want when my sons are gone? Their children?
Who among us remembers the Great Artists of history? Westerners probably recognize the names Michelangelo and Leonardo. Ninja Turtle fans know the names Donatello and Raphael but most of them wouldn’t recognize either artist’s work.
Oh, but let’s go back 2,000 years! Do you remember the sculptors Pheidias, Skopas, Praxiteles, Lysippos? The painters Apelles of Kos, Apollodorus Skiagraphos? The vase painters Exekias, Euphronios? All enjoyed glory, fortune, fame. Today only people who have studied, at least in passing, the Arts of Ancient Greece recognize any of their names.
Some ancient sculptures remain; many more have been lost, the marble shattered, the bronzes melted down to make weapons, armor, doors. Some pottery survives, most not. Paintings were the most fragile of all, although a few frescos still exist. Where will all these surviving works be in another 2,000 years?
Ars longa, vita brevis? Both are brief; blink your eyes, both have disappeared.
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