Carl Krill: Inspiration

I recently discovered  an artist on Instagram called Carl Krill who’s work resembles similarities to mine and fascinated me. As his website doesn’t have much information on his artistic process, I emailed him to find out about his work.

Examples of his current work:

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He explained to me that this style started off as him drawing like a ‘human seismograph‘ (a device that measures earthquakes) whilst being a passenger in a moving car. He had the paper rolled around a tube, which he would twist whilst drawing horizontal lines – ‘every bump in the road affected the flow of lines, making the drawings topographical maps of the journey itself‘. This has really inspired me, the process that the spontaneity of movement can create such unique drawings.

Examples of these ‘Scroll Drawings’:

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These really remind of Richard Deacons ‘Empirical Jungle’- the limbs tangling together, pushing and pulling, having a sense of life within them. When I look at the studies above I feel a sense of chaos and claustrophobia, but I also see the representation of the journey he was on and the movement of his body.

Before this he worked with linear hatching and cross-catching, which he wanted to move away from this as he says the ‘techniques worked well for portraying depth but separated the background from the figure in an abrupt and undesirable manner.’ Instead, now the figure/subject is pushing through the foreground, distorting the contour lines to create protruding form. ‘Every line with its own characteristic flow but still corresponding and relating to the previous line.’ This creates a strong idea of mass and shape – the subject pushing through.

I find such a strong link between my current work and his- the similar use of contour lines and repetitive parallel marks – but now I am also thinking about movement and documenting time and space. Adding the element of time always as space could be interesting. Also his use of figure and portrait within these complex drawings is something I’d like to bring into my work.

Example of figurative study:

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I love the distortion of the features, the sense of force and pressure. This creates so much depth to these pieces – although they only consist of white background and black marks.


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