DIGITAL DYSTOPIA October 2013 at Cass Art, Islington took the Big Draw’s theme of ‘Draw Tomorrow’ as inspiration, alongside celebrating Cass Art launching their online shop. We imagined a future dystopia where drawing with traditional pencils and pens, manual drawing, by humans is outlawed, and only sanctioned android artists are allowed to create artwork – supervised by the all seeing villain ‘The Mechanic’ engineering these perfect drawing replicating machines. Participants met Raven Rouge’s great grand daughter, The Watcher, who posing as a security guard for The Mechanic and his authorities, had set up a secret underground sketching speak easy that dared to rediscover the illegal, rebellious act of old school drawing with pencil and paper instead of technology.
The cyborg model Ava suffered at the hands of The Mechanic, but revenge was sweet at the end, as old school drawing techniques won through. We hope you’ll agree, the artwork created as pictured here shows that we should all fight hard in the Campaign for Drawing and strive to #savethefateofdrawing so that future generations can enjoy mark making and avoid a scary vision of the future we imagined from becoming a reality… Thanks to Aaron Jacob Jones for the photos and models Steve Ritter and Ava Iscariot. All photos rights reserved Art Macabre, not to be republished or used without prior permissions.