Monday, September 10, 2012

Fish Exodus

A piece done at about 2am, one of those times where you can't sleep with an idea lodged in your brain. I hesitate to share some of my more personal pieces on here and say much about them, at the risk of sounding overly corny, cheesy, or unprofessional. But the truth is, making work is the way I cope with every single thing I encounter in my life - the good and the bad. And sometimes I think these pieces are the most honest thing I can put into the world; when I am too afraid to own my own words, I can at least own the lines.

This piece is about giving oneself permission to move on, to allow fears about loss to pass through you, and to consider a higher truth.

Been really trying to focus back on watercolour and graphite recently. I forgot how much I missed getting my hands dirty. Digital painting is wonderful, but there is a trade-off. I will be posting process work of a personal piece I've been working on for 3 weeks soon, and I am making plans to create an illustration based on Radical Face's "Welcome Home". 

If you have never heard this, plug your earphones in, lay your head back, and close your eyes. 
It's hauntingly poetic.

All of my sketches/process works are on my instagram - follow me at mirilittlebird --
Art in this post © Erin McManness 2012


  1. Very vivid imagery. I admire you for sharing personal work, and I agree that it's often the most honest work that we can do and maybe because of that, frequently has the biggest impact on others. And isn't that what art is all about?

    I look forward to seeing your painting. :)

  2. Very emotional piece! Thank you for sharing with us :)

  3. What a lovely piece. You can absolutely feel the pain in it when you look at it. Is there a reason you chose fish? I really like that song you shared as well. It's a good relax, think deep, and sip your coffee while starting the day kind of tune! I'm glad you got the courage to share your personal work with us today, those are really the most important to share in the end aren't they? :) Here's to seeing more.

  4. Awesome post. Intense illustration.

  5. Great piece Erin! you are so talented.

    I worked a lot with oils and charcoal and I am starting now to experiment with watercolours.
    I bought a set and the quality was not great and the ones I found (which are suppose to be better) are over $100 a set. Is there a brand you can recommend me? I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you, Ali :)


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