Posts by Month: July 2016

Dununba Dancer In Flight

New Artwork & Drawing Tutorial

Dave KobrenskiArtwork Jul 24 2016

In the Malinké tradition of West Africa, the Dununba is the “dance of the strong men”. In a grueling and exuberant festival that can often last throughout the day, the Dununba dancers display their physical prowess while accompanied by the traditional djembe and dunun drums. Here is the latest drawing from my series depicting Mandinka culture in West Africa: a dununba dancer hailing from the Kouroussa region of Guinea gets airborne! This post is a part of my “Visual Anthropology: West Africa” series, made possible by support from my awesome patrons on Patreon! Learn more about how you can support my ongoing work here, with pledges as little as $1. Every amount helps greatly! Dununba Dancer in Flight 19x24” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski

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An Artistic Manifesto

Why Art Patronage is Important Again

Dave KobrenskiArticles Jul 12 2016

As an artist, I strive to make exceptional work that continuously pushes the boundaries of what I could do previously. With each artwork, I aim to raise the bar higher, and build upon both the successes and failures of the last. As my skills improve, the barriers to bringing into physical reality that which I see in my mind begin to disappear. As those barriers disappear I can take my art to whole new levels. That is what excites me. Excellence and Sustainability I have begun to see that it is only through a full-time, intensive practice of my art that I will be able to understand my true purpose and potential as an artist, and ultimately to honor the gifts of artistic talent I have been given — and share the result with the world. The goal of a full-time practice, then, is a pursuit of artistic excellence. I want to produce art that inspires and informs, stimulates the mind, and tells a story. I want to show you, the viewer, something about our world that maybe you wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see or know about. I have artistic vision and I believe it can add something of cultural value to our world. I am dedicated to this.

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L’amitié (Friendship)

Drawing by Dave Kobrenski

Dave KobrenskiArtwork Jul 11 2016

“L’amitié est l’un des beaux cadeaux de la vie” — Friendship is one of the greatest gifts in life. Friendship is a universal thing. There’s something about visiting another culture, where the language and customs seem so different from your own, and seeing two friends walking together, hands interlocked and beaming with joy, to make you realize that we are all the same. I came across these young friends walking down one of the dusty paths in the village. Even though we did not speak the same language and had grown up an ocean apart, in some way I felt connected to them because I understood how friendship feels; it’s a feeling we can all experience and share. A real friend can make all your troubles seem small and the world feel brighter. “To be without a friend is to be poor indeed.” The people in this simple village have a great wealth of friendship and family. All the money and material possessions we have in the West pale in comparison. This post is a part of my “Visual Anthropology: West Africa” series, made possible by support from my awesome patrons on Patreon. Learn more about how you can support my ongoing work here! L’amitié (Friendship) 14x17” pencil on bristol by Dave Kobrenski

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