Here I used different drawing tools for these square textural studies. Before moving on to take some fottage rubbing of textured surfaces round the house.
For exercise two I began by taking a rubbing using soft charcoal sticks of a brick wall. I though it might lead to an interesting back ground texture. The result is interesting. Not quite what I had expected. The stroke marks are short and furious due to the fact I only had very tine charcoal sticks and I was working as quickly as possible as my hands were turning to icicles in this loverly spring weather we are having. Any way I like the over all effect.
I pinned the paper to a drawing board and attached it to an easel before arranging my objects.
I then proceeded to draw in the object shapes using a rubber to rub away the charcoal. I took the most off the high light areas on the pots and to show the reflections on the canvas behind.
I was interested to see how ink would work with charcoal. I wondered if applied over the image in places would the high light and shadow areas still work? I used a cut rubber in a triangle shape to stamp in the shape of the Hyde ranger petals. I used a silicon spatular to add the rest of the ink to the piece. Finally I flicked a little ink in the foliage to try to add to the texture of the plants.
- Approximately A2 paper
- Charcoal – thin willow sticks
- Drawing inks
- Rubber stamp
- Silicon spatular (thin)
In hind sight If I did it again I would leave the grasses white. I think they would complement the black leafs of the Hyde ranger that way. Plus they just looked ore interesting white and worked better with the textured back drop than they do in colour. It was an experimental process to learn from.
From these exercises I have learned the skys the limit. There are many thousands of ways for depicting surface texture. It’s a case of trill and error. Something will work and some won’t.
The form of the pots is described by there out line shape and the high light and shadow areas. Also the cast shadows ground them and show there 3d form.
I think there’s much potential for further experimentation with fottage. I find the process quite unpredictable, which I like. The results are never turn out the way I expect. The patter combined with the marks made by the hand moving the drawing tool are very interesting. They can add character, movement and mood to a piece. I Think you can see this in the jug and pot still life for exercise two. I especially like the way the lies travel along then up and off the drawing surface. Perhaps I should have echoed that flow in the foliage. Would have been a nice effect.