This project can be viewed in full here: All About Max
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I was sharing with a family member the other day about Max and mentioned that I'm finishing 100 sketches of him. She laughed hard and said "That's not love, that's obsession!" YES. Guilty.
But even as I type this out, I'm smiling. I believe that simple attention and caring towards anyone we love with the instrument of creativity is a big time celebration. Obsession phases make nicely condensed memories in the heart and mind. I have found myself feeling a little silly this whole time as I came up with new scenes to sketch about this little black and white loaf of personality and love that hops around the apartment inventing new games to play and new ways to connect with me. It wasn't hard to have ideas that capture his sweet - highly intelligent character. But I had to fully accept and digest that the exposition on social media (that is getting more complex by the day) could challenge the reputation of the abstract painter selling to collectors. These are very rough silly sketches about a rabbit. A bit of a departure. And while it's true I lost followers on this project while in 2016 I gained a couple thousand with abstract painting, I'm not sorry I did it. The day that trends on social media dictates how I express my little 'obsessions from the heart' is the day I will feel less like an artist and more like a puppet of... of what? Can we even say anymore? The world is a bit varied at the moment.
This project is about honoring how critters can change our lives, even our heart's chemistry. Max is pretty special because he behaves more like a dog and less like a rabbit. He's the first rabbit I've known who listens to the rules and never forgets them. He also has memorized every angle of our habitat and makes his own world of games and loving every day. He's also 7 years old now and is half blind. I needed to capture his wonderful spirit before the day of 'goodbye' comes. And I am proud now that I did. I feel really good about this project.
What's next? I do want to create an interactive project with these drawings. Whether this is animation, or a graphic novel or a proposal to chronicle books is yet to be thought through. But I have a stack of Max content to play with and I couldn't be more pleased.
Acknowledgements: Elle Luna for everything she is about. This is my second finished 100 project inspired by her. Also, Max! You can see and follow him here: Max the big bunny. And to the good folks who support me and love and care for Max. So grateful.