Friday, January 20, 2012

The Perfect Crime (A Tiny Drawing Poem)

This is the poem I worked on today to accompany a Tiny Drawing by artist Jenny Mathews. The challenge here was that not only is this a Tiny Drawing, it is the tiniest of the Tiny Drawings. That flower is smaller than the head of a thumbtack, so every time I tried to use a font the text looked enormous. Finally I chose the Gabriola font. Also, I know it's against the unwritten rules to discuss a poem, but this particular Tiny Drawing is very atypical of the type of detail this artist puts into a drawing. I know this was done intentionally so I chose this drawing and coupled it with a poem I consider understated and minimalist. It's a scene I actually witnessed from my window overlooking one of the busiest intersections in my city. The Midway is a real old time theater on the next block. I like this. I want to try and make one of these every day, pairing a Tiny Drawing with a poem, using a different font for each one. Please feel free to share this if you like it. You can also see the entire gallery of Tiny Drawings at Tiny Drawings
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  1. I never know if it's appropriate to comment on items we've collaborated on, but screw it here goes. I think this whole project is amazing and I am really enjoying seeing the juxtaposition of the three things. You are turning something that I just did to pass the time into a bigger and better thing and I like it. Thank you for making art and thank you for choosing to make art with me.

  2. I have one with Batman in it on the drawing board. I'm having fun.

  3. Love this! So sweet, but not sappy. What a cool idea--I love letting images inspire poems...

  4. Thanks Laura. There are a few that are the other way around, where I was inspired by a poem he wrote and drew a thing. Maybe I can get one of those put together and posted.

  5. Oh, I love this! Love the poor boy, love the kissed girl, love the observant poet. Hooray for pairing tiny drawings with words. I will be back for more! a.


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