Peter Han doesn’t consider himself an artist. “I see myself as a designer,” he says in Pardon My Dust, a microdocumentary about chalk art and its ephemeral nature. “I’m a designer that works in anything and everything that requires problem solving. And if I can draw it, if I can see it and I can understand it… I can do anything.”
Directed by Adriel de la Torre, Pardon My Dust serves as a beautiful introduction to Han’s craft, and the practice of what he calls “Dynamic Sketching.” Han’s creed is simple: begin with the largest shapes and add details later. These simple rules makes for a beautiful artistic process that lends itself especially well to the segmented anatomy of a tarantula, or the large-bodied, wriggly limbed bauplan of a cephalopod (Fun fact: octopodes, despite having eight arms, are actually bilaterally symmetric – think four pairs of arms. For octameric radial symmetry, see octocorallia.) It’s utterly captivating – a fascinating look at a truly transient medium.