Chris Bodden, Gleaner Writer
When MOST people think of drawing, a picture being created by pencil or charcoal or some other medium would readily spring to mind. The pencil is used to add lines and shade the drawing, which creates the picture. However, did you know that the same effect can be achieved by using words? This amazing art is certainly proof that a picture really is worth a thousand words - or more.
Enter Ainsley Kerr from the community of Jericho in Hanover who has produced some amazing pictures by using words to actually form the picture. He does this by hand, which is another feat, considering that the detail of his portraits activates the face-recognition feature of a digital camera. In fairness, however, other artists abroad have used typewriters or computers to generate images with words, but none, so far, by hand.
PEN SIZE IMPORTANT
"It depends on how fast you can write. I have done two in a day," said Kerr. All shading is done within the writing, which makes the pen size of paramount importance. Overlapping writing creates a deep shade effect while the finer pen creates the lighter areas.
A graduate of Rusea's High and the Hanover Educational Institute, Kerr said he completed his first piece of word art in February 2010. Currently, he is employed to the Jamaica Library Service at the Lucea branch. In addition to drawing and painting, he has written a collection of poems and has started work on a novel. He is also skilled in graphic arts and photography.
"I want people to know about my talent. I'm constantly trying new things," he said. "Everybody says nothing 'naw gwaan' in Hanover that's why they're leaving. Then if everybody goes, who fix Hanover?" he quipped. "I'm going to stay right here and make it. I'm showcasing Hanover in all these art forms," he said.
His advice to youngsters with aspirations to become artists: "Be yourself; don't overdo it. Work with the talent you have."