A few weeks ago, a friend asked me to have a go at drawing an image that he was having trouble with. This is how I started, working from the photo that he supplied, below:
My photo of this photo is a bit blurry, but the image was quite graphic, almost a drawing already. I decided to emphasise the form and the light/dark contrasts by sticking to black and white media – conte crayon, white pastel and charcoal pencils.
These three drawings show three stages in the process. I could have stopped at any stage: I was simply seeing how far I could go with the drawing. The final drawing looks like a caricature to me. Another friend likened it to German expressionist drawings, and I had in mind the powerful images of Kathe Kollwitz – but I’m not happy with my result. I’ve just copied a photo, and this is not MY concept.
For week 2 of my 30 days of drawing I decided to play – because the theme is ‘play’ – with form. I asked Adrian, our life and portrait model, to pose with his hands near his face. But I also drew his hand resting on his knee.
His hand reminded me of natural forms, such as tree bark. So I thought I’d go out on a limb, as it were.
I combined the art of frottage with drawing. The rubbing was made using baking paper. I drew the hand on baking paper as well, then cut it out and pasted it over the rubbing – as the paper is translucent, the frottage shows through the hand. I’m much happier with this drawing, as the idea was entirely my own.