Presenting four new drawing videos from local artist Parth Patel. Follow along and illustrate some of your favourite cartoon, video game, and anime characters.
Videos play in real time with the artist describing and demonstrating each step in the process. Check it out below!
In 2021, GDAG met and commissioned two new drawing videos from local artist Parth Patel, whose illustrations have been reaching people around the world through his YouTube channel Art Forever.
Guest Curator Essay
Parth Patel, like many young artists in the digital age, is a self-taught artist. His inspirations include anime, cultural figures, abstract artworks, and animals. Since 2017, Parth has been showing his work through the popular social media platform YouTube. His drive for sharing the process, and his desire to become a full-time artist, highlights his indomitable passion for the arts and illustration.
Many young artists work in digital communities, and Parth is no exception. There are numerous resources for artists and an incredible library of open-source tools. Parth’s YouTube time-lapses demonstrate his process to his followers as he builds a drawing from a blank page. While he works with traditional drawing tools such as ink and coloured pencil, both the way he shares his work and the subject matter he chooses reflect a deep connection to our digital landscape. Anime, such as One Piece and Pokémon, and popular figures such as cricket players and political leaders, are all drawn with incredibly saturated colour and attention to detail.
Parth’s illustrative style shows a deep understanding of colour and form, whether he’s drawing a manga character or athlete. By sharing his process, he also participates in the same open-source and collaborative environment which has allowed him to learn, share, and grow. These communities, which owe their lineage to early forums on the internet, foster an environment that resembles an open studio. Being on YouTube allows others to see his process as well as develop their own. By watching his videos, you both participate in his studio practice and become a part of a global community of shared interests.
In a small town, the need for a shared global community becomes even more valuable, as it allows for constant creative growth and feedback where it may otherwise be hard to find. Many young artists engage in these communities but rarely share their work in a gallery context, which is why GDAG is so excited to host Parth’s work and help foster a community of local emerging artists and illustrators.