This may be a little risky since my drawing is still in progress, but I wanted to show you what I’m doing. I am giving you the ‘behind the scenes’ of my first time working through my own idea. This is the first attempt at connecting my shapes with landscape. Creating a piece of work that is engaging and intriguing.
The drawing is coming along slowly but surely. For the intricacy I get with the buildup of line – it takes so long. Usually when I’ve spent four hours working – I get only a few parts drawn in. That’s the way it’s been for me, my work is so intricate that the process is drawn out (forgive the pun!) and taxing. I love the results, but if I want to build up a portfolio I could end up spending a couple of months per drawing (on a 22″ x 30″ piece of paper) which would equal out to two years for 12 drawings.
This new drawing has been quite an incredible experience. I’ve spent the last few months getting my initial ideas on paper and fine tuning issues that come up in the process. I have come across a few points where I have to be creative about my approach.
Working with pen and felt marker has been a unique challenge in its own right. The trouble I’ve been having with drawing with pen is that once you lay down your line you can’t undo it. When I was working on my first smaller abstract line drawings, it wasn’t a big deal because it ended up becoming a new evolutionary move. Now that I’m putting pattern on landscape, the lines have more importance. Like a cast in a play, each set of pattern plays it part. I have become quite timid at certain points in my drawing because I have to be more strategic about what I put where. At this point I know the only way to correct a problem would be to paint over it with an acrylic white or cut it out with an exacto knife. This is the same problem I have with felt markers. Unlike ink washes, which you can dilute and build up, felt markers are much less workable. There are sections I ended up cutting out because the marker built up in one area too heavy. (The dark brown areas of the drawing above are from the masonite board underneath, I plan on adding a new section of paper underneath to create depth).
I have been looking into ways in which I could have more freedom with my drawings. Because of this, over the next couple of months I am going to spend time learning how to work with Illustrator. I think it could be the answer I’m looking for with my line drawings. The ability to make quick changes and work with layers would be a great advantage with my line work. It’s worth a shot!
Have a great week everyone! I will be writing on Tuesdays only from now on, so come back and see me then!