This was my first attempt at drawing my silver, 50’s Horikawa Attacking Martian Robot. The problem was that my drawing was too large for my drafting table. When I finished and hung the drawing on my wall, I realized I had forced the perspective. The head was large, the body was small and the feet were tiny — in perspective it looked great. (Just too funny.) I decided to trim the image to this shape because it was still pretty darn cool and I loved the expression of the robot.
My art is not an exercise in, nor an attempt to master hyper realism. My drawings came from an inner desire to find “happiness” again. A creative satisfaction I was no longer getting from simply being an advertising Creative Director. Don't get me wrong, I love the ad biz, but the last several years had sucked the happiness out of it for me. My wife, Lynn encouraged me to start drawing again and as I did I looked for that thing that would inspire me. That "thing" turned out to be “things” that made me happy as a kid growing up in Algonac, Michigan. As I continue to see, these things make other people happy too.
As an ad guy, I thought there had to be an art movement out there like “tribalism” or “familiarism”, art that people identify with at an emotional level. (OMG! Ad speak...) I haven't found one yet. Lynn had an idea that sounded interesting — “Evocationism”. She said it was the act of calling forth — evoking of old memories. From postings on Facebook, that's what's happening. Friends are telling me how fun and cool this series is. Which is why I've been calling this work “Happy Art” — because it's brought my happy back!
Title: “Attacking Martian Robot #1”
Artist: Michael Pitzer
Medium: Venus PRISMACOLOR & FaberCastell Graphite Pencils on paper
Image Size: 33" W x 27" T
Framed Size: 40" W x 33.5" T
Signed & Dated: MPitzer '18
Series: “Happy Art”
Price: $1750.00 (Framed)
Fig Tree Gallery
Attacking Martian Robot
Michael Pitzer Artist