There is an artist in this country named Benjamin Sack, who has been drawing since the age of two. He has a debilitating love for history and architecture, and happens to own a healthy supply of 0.05 Staedtler pigment liner pens.
He specializes in drawing imaginative, incredibly dense urban landscapes, including both modern and historical landmarks interspersed among the thousands of small buildings lining the winding roads and rivers that pour from his imagination.
The image above is his latest piece. If it doesn’t look like much, don’t be fooled – that print is a full four feet in diameter, and contains thousands of detailed buildings. You can check out a number of close-up images here on Colossal, or play the time-lapse video below if you want to run screaming from the room.
Drawing the piece took two full months. Over 3,500 still photos were taken and edited to produce the video alone. By any measure, this drawing is a stunning work of art.
Not enough of us make good art anymore. It’s incredibly difficult to achieve the state of deep focus required to create at this level when we’re constantly distracted by all this world has to offer. But the world needs to offer more of this, and we need to learn to eschew the immediate gratification of the social web in order to build the level of patience required for excellence in creation.
Next time you sit down to work, I challenge you to shut yourself in your own private space, leave your phone in the other room, and close your web browser. Give your work the attention and respect it deserves.
Develop your patience, and produce excellence. Give us your best.
The world will reward you for it.