I wanted simple and striking for this word. Something with brevity and impact.
Breviloquent is exhaling stress and anxiety in a single breath. It’s the sigh of your friend who just poured out their worries. The sigh communicates how they’re feeling more eloquently than the words. The next Word of the Day, and this painting’s companion piece, chockablock, illustrates the chaotic mass of stress and anxiety that is being exhaled.
I found a reference image that was roughly what I wanted, then dusted off the pencils, erasers and other drawing tools I haven’t touched in 10 years. I don’t really draw. It takes a lot effort, and because I prefer to keep things clean I don’t like my own style of drawing.
Something that’s important for beginning artists to understand is that it takes a lot of time to develop your personal art style. There’s trial and error, recreating other artist’s work, hours of practice. My drawing “style” is sketchy and unformed because I’ve never devoted time to refining it. I’m more interested in ideas, in working with metal, playing with paint. Although my overall skill as an artist would be significantly greater if I were to focus on basic drawing skills (an in-depth understanding of lighting and proportions are universally helpful, regardless of the medium you’re using).
The amount of time required when I draw is another reason I tend to avoid working it in as a design element. I probably spent about 1 1/2 hours on the face, an area about the size of a business card. The final product is what I would call “good enough.” I’m not 100% happy with it, but for the most part I captured the feeling I was going for. I try to approach these 6″ paintings as a testing ground for future projects. Incorporating a feeling of experimentation makes it easier to let go of perfectionism.