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To The Point: The Art of Bennett Klein

 Introducing Bennett Klein!


Do you have a background in art? For example did you study art at college etc?

Yes, i studied in Montreal @ Dawson college, Illustration & Design for 4 years with some amazing international artists and designers.

How long have you been drawing for?
Ever since i picked up a pencil, which is almost 50 years ago!

Colouring in for adults is big at the moment, aimed at reducing stress and encouraging mindfulness. Do you think doodling has the same calming effect?

Absolutely, i can actually feel my heart rate slowing down as i continue to doodle. It reduces the ‘chatter’ in your head and stimulates the spacial/visual regions of your brain often associate with creativity.

11205499_10155596111445691_4624436978557863501_nYour art isn’t confined to note books, your work on the statue is particularly good, what prompted you to start drawing on different objects?

People asked me to doodle on guitars, mannequins for store windows, running shoes, i suppose doodling is becoming more culturally relevant and stylish.

11102638_10155576602495691_3318270689572651676_nWhat or who inspires you?

Comics, graffiti, traditional asian tattoos and wood prints offer endless inspiration. Growing up, Arthur Rackham, Käthe Kollwitz and Will Eisner posters were on my wall for studying constantly.

You’re based in Toronto right? I can imagine the art scene there must be pretty cool?

It’s quite robust, but we’re originally Montrealers, and that street scene is sick. We go monthly and wander around, taking photos.

10409558_10155049145865691_977673290750457877_nYou draw a lot of eastern images, do you consider yourself spiritual or is it simply from an aesthetic point of view?

My favourite quote is “we’re not humans in a spiritual world, we’re spirits in a human world”. A Meditative focus on one’s breathing to stabilize the body and mind is the only way to enable concentration and get focused work done, day in and day out. Art is work.

foxSome of the art on your profile looks digital, can you tell me a bit more about the images? Are they scanned drawings?

Yes, some projects are scanned portions of drawings that are then mirrored in photoshop, often done for quick concept art, tattoo designs and super detailed stuff where i only have time for 1/2 an original drawing. Much of the colouring is done in photoshop on those digital pieces.

10441166_10155016950235691_7909766115382688593_nLet’s talk pens!

I use
-Sharpies for dark bold line work and crosshatching, (all thicknesses depending on the medium),
-and ballpoint pens (Bic and Paper mate) for shading,
-i often combine them to add dimension to a drawing.

I think the democracy of doodling is important, anyone can grab a pen/pencil and make art.
It’s good for the soul.

I notice you favour Moleskines for your dooding, any particular reason?

I like Moleskines because for the cream tone of the and quality of the paper and pad, they are well made and if you are spending 100s of hour drawing in one, you want it to hold up. BUT  they are expensive and are beginning to be exclusive to certain retailers, which i’m not thrilled with.
Doodling is democratic, it’s shouldn’t cost anything. A chewed up Bic pen and a the back of a rejected printout is all you need, many of my best drawing were done in that way.

Thanks so much for talking with us Ben!

YOu can see more of Bennett’s work at his Deviant Art profile  and you can see his work on clothing and more at Behance!


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  1. Marcia Huff

    05/02/2016 at 8:47 PM

    Bennett Klein’s Sketchbook and some other drawings, actually have drawn me out of a she’ll. I can never tell you how many projects I have started. Or in my head, Bennett encourages people. And I pass that on. You need that from friends and family. But to get from someone you do not know from miles away. That makes an aspiring Artist’s day.
    He is my favorite! I will always be ion his fan club.

  2. Kim Turner

    01/22/2016 at 11:18 AM

    I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know Bennett through Facebook over the last year or two. Not only is he an incredibly talented artist but a wonderfully generous human being. We’re all members of an art based group on FB which includes the super talented like Bennett to the complete beginner, creating art for the first time. He not only shares his work with us (pure delight!!) but offers help, advice and encouragement to everyone. This man has such a warm and beautiful soul and is a true inspiration to others.

  3. Michael McShane

    05/13/2015 at 1:00 AM

    It is such a pleasure to see your work in such detail.
    Fucking Amazing.
    Where is your website?

    Thank you again.
    Michael McShane

    ps. the gallery password for my website is: mcshaneapproved

  4. Michael McShane

    05/13/2015 at 12:55 AM

    What a pleasure to see your art in such a detailed presentation.
    Fucking Amazing.

    Thank you.

    Michael McShane

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