DG #19: On the cover
DG #19 is being posted to subscribers today and will be in shops by the end of the week.
On the cover is the beautiful Mass Movement, created by American artist Evan Hecox, and inspired by a visit to Chinatown, New York. “It was a hot summer day and I came upon an especially busy intersection that really seemed alive with action,” Hecox told us. “It was a moment that I’ve had many times in New York where I feel aware of the energy and movement swirling all around. I try to keep memories like that in my mind when drawing and painting.”
These days Hecox takes photographs when he sees a scene that inspires him, but that wasn’t always the case: “I started out by bringing a sketchbook out into the street and finding a place to sit, but people started to kind of make me crazy,” he said. “The vast majority just pass by and don’t care at all, then there are the ones who get strangely angry and say things like ‘why the hell would you want to draw that?’ Some people believe if you’re drawing in public you want the attention, like a guy making balloon animals for kids or something.”
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