Recently, I’ve been fiddling around with black ink line drawings on white paper. A simple enough idea, my family calls “doodling.” But, these days, there’s a new word for these line drawings: Zentangle. I admit there’s something a little obsessive about these drawings. My family sometimes wonders what evil spirits compel me to throw such detail and complexity onto a relatively small piece of paper. But, there is something elemental about a simple black line on white paper. That’s why Etsy artist srichter’s art caught my eye.
Srichter adds watercolor to the line drawings, creating vivid, mythological worlds that are both realistic and slightly tipsy. What make srichter’s art complex aren’t the lines themselves, but the patterns that emerge under the artist’s hand. These pieces are an excellent example of the old trope that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.