Denver-Based Artist Drew for 24 Hours Straight
There is a dedication to your art, and then there’s DEDICATION TO YOUR ART.
I’d say that the Denver-based 19-year-old Brady Dollyhigh has the latter because he’s currently touring an exhibit featuring a piece of artwork drawn in one, continuous line that he did over 24 hours.
I don’t think I’ve done anything for 24 hours straight, not even stay awake – Which is kind of a miracle in and of itself, considering that I tend to procrastinate paired with access to Netflix. But I digress.
According to the Know, Brady’s 24-hr-art-extravaganza will be one of the varieties of pieces featured at his exhibit, The Art of Brady. The 15 ft. long, 20 in. tall drawing (titled Death of Childhood) shows one of the styles that’s helped Brady distinguish his art, where he draws a surreal collage of images without ever picking up his pen.
While he’s done pieces like this before, some in color, and some in black and white, none have ever been quite to this scale. There’s even a YouTube video of the teen accomplishing the feat, and I have to say, it’s fascinating to watch the designs spool out behind Brady’s pen.
According to Brady, his line art started as an exercise he used while working on his final portfolio for high school. During that period, he experienced a month-long dry spell while he brainstormed concept after concept for his project.
Finally, he decided to clear his head of all the mental clutter by making one seamless, single-stroke piece, the experience akin to a stream-of-consciousness release. In the end, that turned out to be the sparking point for his portfolio, allowing him to graduate with flying colors.
After high school, Brady applied and was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design, and with two scholarships to boot. Even with the financial help, going to college was still beyond Brady’s means and he didn’t end up going on to higher education. But from his perspective, it’s better that he didn’t end up continuing. After all, Brady’s been honing his artistic skills on his own since he began doing freelance work during high school, and it’s allowed him to learn on the job while getting paid for it.
Besides his line art, Brady’s also worked with graphic design and painting, both for which he accepts commissions and often posts online. But if you’d like to go see his work in person, The Art of Brady is currently on display at the Lakewood Cultural Center’s Corner Gallery until September 30, typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Even better, the exhibit is entirely free.
After all, is said and done, my point is this: Brady Dollyhigh has more dedication in his little finger than I do in my entire body, and it’s incredibly impressive. Go see his art.