Playing with textures, reticulation, applying a kind of systematic drawing process to random or unsystematic organic forms.
Starting from a rather unsuccessful charcoal drawing of crumpled paper, added water soluble ink and a little bit of tinted pencil shading and some red watercolour and a thin wash background:
Boosting the image in a computer seemed to make it stronger, so I added more watercolour to try and get the same effect on paper:
Maze developments – pencil, ink, tracing paper, thread
Beachcombing – crab remnant
I brought the crab shell home because of its beautiful colours – but they turned out to be too much of a challenge – so I resorted to monochrome ink instead.
Last week I went to Castlerigg Stone Circle to have a go at drawing the stones and the landscape – I don’t attempt landscape much as it always seems too big for the page and there are so many people much better at it. But it was a nice day so …
It took twice as long as normal to get there, because of road works on the A66 and some ink had escaped and I had to chase a piece of paper which blew off the drawing board – so by the time I started drawing I felt a bit like Mr Bean. This is another reason why I don’t do much landscape drawing.
There were quite a few people wandering about, but I left them out.
Then yesterday I had another go at the sheep skull – intending to do something more unidentifiable with a closeup and adding colour, I ended up with this. So much for intentions.