Assignment 1: Drawings #11 – #14

#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.

5 thoughts on “Assignment 1: Drawings #11 – #14”

    1. Hi Inger. Yes, I had never thought of an audio drawing before I read about it for my research for this assignment. It would be interesting to see if your drawings were like the original objects I was describing!

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      1. There as lot of words…but this could actually be a fun thing to do in a thread in the textiles forum. To take one item and read aloud some words…(and the see what some of the other textilers might respond… just an idea? Have no idea if it might float?

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