It’s always satisfying, not only to see a project completed, but to celebrate the progression of an idea – from initial spark through to finished work. And in this case I’m celebrating the completion of the artwork
I once bought the perfect artist’s sketch book – with a black leather-look cover and wonderful thick, acid-free pages. But when I unwrapped it and set it carefully on my art desk it would not work. Every time I opened the book blank pages stared at me – expressionless and fixedly white – until I closed its cover and placed it neatly on my shelf. There it observed life for a year or two, while I sketched happily on any other paper. Only when its spell had faded somewhat, did I open it again. Even then, I had to coax it into action by beginning journal style. On the first blank page, I washi-taped a smudged 2b thumbnail sketch (something I’d prepared earlier) on a ripped-edge scrap of lined foolscap. On the second blank page I taped a post-it note drawing of a smiling face. By the third page my drawings had escaped the additional scraps and sticky-notes – spreading outwards over the pages of that sketch book. Perhaps the hurdle was my conditioned love of …
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On recent Summer holidays during time spent without wi-fi – in contrast to bay window views of a windswept New Zealand coastline with dolphins in the waves beyond the dunes – I found myself cat watching. A ball of contentment, my feline host made it clear that chair sitting (on velvet upholstery) was her everyday super power – and who could argue? Instead, I chose one of half a dozen vinyl perches. Then lulled by sounds of the sea, the cry of gulls and purring – I started to sketch. So, what is a sketch? Using my own super powers of observation, I picked up a ballpoint pen and began with those closed eyes and an amazing number of whiskers – referencing them and her nose. I positioned her ears; sketched the shape of her cheeks which lead to her tail tucked-in under her chin, there with her paws. After that, another sketchy flurry of light pen lines to suggest her overall shape, and I was back where I started. But it doesn’t end there! When does …
What is so alluring about tiny things? I’ve found myself repeatedly making them, and drawing them – literally, as thumbnail sketches. But why?
Sketchbook Friday has this week become Saturday – on holidays – where the only ‘on-line’ activity is a fish on a hook. Bream and whiting are on the table – and here on paper. The development of an artwork may begin (as above) by sketching on more than one sheet of paper, with more than one medium, allowing play with the position of elements and the expressive qualities of line. More fish are on the sketch book menu, with brush and ink – I am after the looser style for this piece. ©Annmarie Scott 2016
If you’ve read ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, you may appreciate the human-like expression of this rabbit
Paints and brushes, crayons, pens and pencils all tell their own story. They can shout expression and style, or whisper subtle hues and