Drawings by Michael Schall
Drawings of imagined worlds and fabricated forms.
Although I do not draw from photographs, I use images to gain an understanding of how certain things are structured, such as the interweaving piping of oil refineries, or the layers of earth on a grand butte. I then use this structural understanding to create imagined worlds where these forms can do whatever I want them to, and it all looks believable, or almost believable. Once I have the overall composition established, the excitement for me, in my working process, is in the invention of the detail; it’s in rendering light and shadows off of completely fabricated forms to make my created worlds come to life. An interesting part of this process is that, since I’m not working from observation and since I never use rulers or guides, the way I draw changes during the progression of each piece.