Cam Collins
Boring Dreams

ink pen on watercolor paper
30″ x 22″

@collins_cameron
USA

Deepti Menon
Teaching Assistant
Filmmaker & Animator

“The concept of Boring Dreams is a narrative portraying a family who lives in a house with austere architecture, only to go to sleep by bedtime stories dealing with the mundane life of the father. The contrast in terms of content is portrayed by the room in the foreground, and then the stock-exchange looking room that accompanies all types of business men seen through the large bedroom window. If the stories told to the children are boring, and oppose the general lifestyle they live, they could find the story as “whimsical” as we would find their own lifestyle.”

Related:  Edward Gorey, George Grosz, Al Hirshfeld, Layla Ali, Chris Ware

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7 responses on "Cam Collins"

  1. Profile photo of Cam Collins

    Thanks everyone for the comments! Here are more sources for my artwork, beyond my instagram (where I just show snippets of work).
    WEBSITE: http://cargocollective.com/camcollinsart
    TWITTER: https://twitter.com/artistiscam

  2. Profile photo of Ellie

    I really love this piece – its so cool and definitely engaging! I think the critique was nice as well. Perhaps it’s the black and white-ness and how the faces in this piece are made out by shadows rather than fine detail, but I absolutely love it!

  3. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    This drawing really romances the viewer with all of the specific details and the space and narrative. The whimsy you portray in the chandelier, toys, and knick knacks reminds me of the animated movie Tekkonkinkreet which also deals with childhood perspectives of interacting with the world. I would love to see you expand on this environment you’ve begun to create, perhaps adding on pages that represent different rooms. Content wise, I think of books like Fun Home by Alison Bechdel who uses the architecture and interior design of her childhood house as a metaphor for her dysfunctional family. Playful concept and lovely execution.

  4. Profile photo of Mia Rozear

    I find this piece very pleasing to look at, especially the seated girl character in the front surrounded by the chain of carts. The detailed pen work and thought-out characters definitely convey a surreal atmosphere. Before even reading the caption I was reminded of a dreamscape–the mood of the piece was executed beautifully!

  5. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    A really fun, compelling drawing… I don’t know if it’s the design of your characters or just the fantasy theme of the piece, but I thought immediately on Winsor McCay’s work, which often deal with the topic of dreams and use space and the composition of the page in really fascinating, narrative ways. You are already using architecture to really cleverly delineate between the mundane and the fantastic, and I would suggest exploring that further in future pieces. I think there’s a lot to mine, there! Look at Piranesi’s “prison” etchings for some extra inspiration.

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