We worked from high contrast self portrait photos. The process involved looking at the photo whilst it was upside down throughout the whole drawing - which meant we avoided identifying individual features of the face and concentrated on just drawing patches of dark tone. It was an exercise in drawing what we see rather than what we know - for example, in many cases the face had only one eye..... Subsequent drawings were in just flat black and white shapes, and turning a couple of collaged photos on their side and drawing them as landscape forms.
Again, totally different from the previous sessions of line and tone. Here the aim was to pick out the negative spaces between solid objects in a crazy group and treat them as patches or shapes of tone or colour, rather than using any line. Some people, though, used line just to delineate these patches. It got complicated however as there were often other solid objects in the negative spaces......so some sort of compromise was needed here (but maybe that's what drawing is all about....)
The first aim here was to make a LARGE drawing (c 1.4 m square), the secondary aim was to refer to the kitchen objects in front of us.
Charcoal and brushes were taped to long sticks to make us draw big, bold marks with the paper on the floor - so too much control, perfect proportion and detail were impossible. And we had to consider the whole sheet right to the edges, using pattern to bind everything together.
Most portraits are concerned with patches of colour and tone, locking together to model the form of the face. But here we were doing the opposite, with a number of separate drawings of the individual features of the face in different mediums with different approaches. These were then cut and collaged together in a deliberately dramatic way - and then drawings were done of the collage.
We started by folding a simple A4 piece of paper into an interesting shape, then doing lots of varied overlapping drawings of it from all angles in different mediums. Then these were cut up and collaged together into a frieze. So, it was a drawing of nothing - but ended up as a fascinating composition of shapes, lines, tones and texture.
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Several quick 5 - 10 minute drawings of each other with a prop using various media. We tried different approaches but an important part was composing these together at the end to form a group; cropping, overlapping and sometimes using pieces of different coloured background.
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work in progress...
These are the drawings...
Water was the medium here, looking at how it interacts with other substances. First we did lots of experiments with a wide range of materials from charcoal and pastel to ink, watercolour pencil and wax crayon onto wet paper, then the reverse using the same same materials and applying water to the paper. And then on different types of paper. Finally, drawings of some simple household objects using these ideas.
This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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