Thursday 15 March 2007
Very occasionally I'll delve into pink, although it's not a colour I'm very comfortable with because it's so gendered in Western society. Teeming it with brown, as I have here, seems to neutralise it a little bit.
Posted: 8.20pm on 8.3.07
Very occasionally a drawing seems to need words.
The rough smudging on this drawing was deliberate, I didn't even use a brush, just licked my finger and wet the ink. It reminds me that I used to have a horrible habit of licking my paintbrush - this is fine if you're using watercolour but not so great if you're painting with white emulsion, as I discovered one afternoon in life class!
Posted: 11.30pm on 7.3.07
I like what happens visually when I use these little lines inside larger shapes - there's something about the way they break up the white space that feels very vibrant to me.
Posted: 11.35pm on 4.3.07
Often I'll draw from memory - these are badly remembered representations of wind on weather forecasts. I know they probably don't look like this at all but this is how they are in my head. I love little arrows: I use them in my doodles and drawings quite often so I'm quite surprised they haven't made more of an appearance on the envelopes.
Posted: 10.55pm on 3.3.07
"You can never do too much drawing."
Posted: 8.50pm on 28.2.07
Wednesday 7 March 2007
Recently I've been reading a wonderful book called You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination by Katherine Harmon and that probably inspired these imaginary maps.
Posted: 11.35pm on 27.2.07
These were drawn with my new 'Inktense' pencils - they're a richer pigmented, water-soluble pencil from Derwent and I'm madly in love with them. I love the stronger, denser colour they give and I think I'll probably use them a lot more often than my existing coloured pencils.
Posted: 9.56pm on 26.2.07
I often think that you can tell from my drawing that I'm a sculptor. Even though I don't usually draw realistically using perspective and shadow, I still tend to draw quite three dimensionally and I think this drawing is a good example of that.
Posted: 11.45pm on 25.2.07
I've always been quite drawn to the Baroque in art so I enjoyed drawing these decorative shapes. I'm not quite sure if they're fantastical sea creatures or designs for jewellery perhaps. They remind me a little of my beloved, Ernst Haeckel, a crazy Victorian naturalist/artist whose books are a huge inspiration to me.
Posted: 11.34m on 24.2.07
These sort of tally marks have been coming up in my drawing and my art for a couple of years now. They're very prevalent at the moment, most notably in the thread drawings that I'm currently doing.
Posted: unknown time on 23.2.07
Most of the envelopes have been drawn from the bottom up or across the middle so it was quite nice to do one from the top down, although I found that the ridge of the envelope flap does interrupt the flow of the line when I'm drawing.
Posted: 10.34m on 22.2.07
Another drawing inspired by my sculpture - this one is taken from 3 Score & 10, a sculpture containing 70 strings with 365 knots on each. Each knot represented a day, so the whole piece contains the number of days (including leap days) that you'd live if you reached your biblical 70 years. It took me about two years to make. Again, images can be seen on my flickr page.
Posted: 10.20pm on 20.2.07
Last year, when I started drawing regularly again I was working almost exclusively with a very stark, strong line and lots of blacked out shapes. While I do still like to draw in that very graphic way, recently this more wavery tentative sort of line has been coming to the fore.
Posted: 10.40pm on 17.2.07