#11 Charcoal, Eraser, White Chalk
I had planned that this drawing would just be made with a putty rubber on a charcoal background, but I couldn’t get the lightest areas light enough, and found that I couldn’t make any fine marks with the rubber, so I resorted to a white chalk and then added in some more detail with charcoal.
I liked the fur effect and white feather, and thought that I managed to capture a bit of shine on the knife and bottle this time. I think that the least successful areas were the stick, beads, and dark feather, which all look a bit featureless and flat. It ended up looking like a darker version of #2.
#12 No Detail/Silhouettes – White Gel Pen/Acrylic Ink
A bit of detail did creep in on the twig and feathers. I think the style captured the harder objects like the knife and glass quite well, also the beads. This was my favourite rendition of the twig so far: it has been one of the hardest things to capture. The scarf, on the other hand, could be a large white slug. I think it would have been more discernible with a furry outline.
#13 Tiny, One Inch Snapshots – 6B Pencil, White Gel Pen, Red Felt Tip
I was not looking forward to this exercise for some reason, but I enjoyed it once I got going. I was surprised how much detail you could get into a tiny box, and it made me concentrate on one small area of the collection, in detail. The results look like part of a comic strip or graphic novel.
#14 Spoken Word Drawing
Inspired by reading about Alison Carlier’s ‘audio drawings’ in my research for this assignment.
In the audio recording, I have not named the objects, apart from giving them each a number. I would be interested to know if people can deduce what they are from the words alone. I came up with the words to use by looking at the objects one by one and making a small mind map of word associations, including descriptive (“hard”, “red”), personal associations (“clothing”, “jewellery”) and more abstract connections (“falling”, “losing”).
I can see the association between a drawing and a description made from looking at an object closely, both rely on conveying observed information about that object, the audio version depending on the ‘viewer’s’ experience and powers of imagination to a greater extent than the drawn version, in my opinion.
Words are important to me, and I have used them as annotations to my ‘pen and paper’ drawings, and in my collages. I think that they can direct the viewer’s interpretation of an image towards a particular (the artist’s) meaning, and they add another dimension to the artwork.