Saturday, 5 May 2012

Statement so far.

Here is my statement so far for my new body of work;

With this body of work I intend to explore the practice and processes of drawing, showing the subject in various styles from simple outlines through to quite technical and accurate reproductions through to more abstract and expressive work. I want to show the importance of having the ability to draw and continuing the practice of drawing beyond art school. 

The subject of each individual piece is identical but unimportant. Some of the drawings are intentionally abstract but the viewer is fully informed as to what the subject is by studying the other pieces in the series. The stages show examples of drawing processes that any student of art would be shown during their time at art school. From the beginning stages of learning to believe what you see (not what you think you should see) and the importance of looking at your subject, with ‘blind’ drawings and measured drawings, to ways of introducing the idea of tone and form using such techniques as weight of line and mapping. The earlier stages are what would be considered to be the foundations of drawing and these techniques will later inform more experimental ideas of drawing and even begin to question traditional views of what constitutes a drawing.
Initially the materials I have used are pencil and pen and the processes have been fairly methodical, creating drawings with a technical approach. The next stage is to work with charcoal, creating looser more expressive drawings leading onto more abstract work. After this my intention is to move into using other materials such as paint and 3D form to explore further the idea of drawing and what can be classed as a drawing.

Reproducing varied pieces with similar subjects is not a new idea. Looking back at the work of the well known artist Mondrian, we can see an artist creating various abstract images that are sometimes wildly obscure. Our appreciation of these images and his abilities as an artist is informed by his ability to beautifully reproduce life accurately in earlier drawings.
I was influenced originally by the still life drawing by de Kooning from his days at art school; this made me start to think of the importance of having these skills. de Kooning is known for his abstract work, however this drawing shows that his technical ability was second to none. But how important is this and how does it, if at all affect the work of an artist? Was it necessary for him to produce drawings such as this in his early life as an artist to then go on to produce the work he is known for?
Displaying all the stages of drawing together as one piece of work, from the technical to those that are in my own style and express something of me, I intend to show the breadth and depth of the subject of drawing, and for the viewer to question if the earlier work is necessary or important for the later work (or even the opposite way round).

I think that this body of work raises the questions;
 - Do we need to go through the processes of learning to draw traditionally to then produce abstract art of any worth?
 - How important is it to an artist to have these technical abilities and how much does practice like this effect and inform later work. Is it necessary to go though all this to grow as an artist and to become the best you can be?
As far as the audience is concerned, does it matter to them, is abstract art viewed differently if it is know that the artist does have excellent technical ability? Does it have more value and respect as a work of art?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Something new

These are some portraits that I recently did for a friends birthday, not something that I have done before but all in all I'm quite pleased with them.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

A small update on my work

So I have actually being doing quite a lot of drawing, and I think my project is coming along quite nicely now :)
Here are a few examples from my sketch book .....

This first one is an attempt to use weight of line to give the drawing form, by indicating where shadows are with darker lines and the lights with, well, a lighter line. Although I do like this drawing on the whole I need to work on this a bit because I don't think I've got enough variation in the line.

This second one is similar to the first but I've introduced some tone, again something I need to work on some more as it seems a bit wishy washy, and kind of just unstructured scribbles. :/

This last one I do like though! I'm not sure if cropped pictures like this one will fit into the series that I'm planning, but I'll definitely be doing a complete drawing like this one!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Maciej Leszczynski

I discovered this photographer on illusion the other day and think these photos are extremely beautiful so thought I would share them with you all.

And here's a link to his website -

Monday, 24 October 2011

Woohoo - 30 hours DONE

woohoo I have finished my 30 hours of blind drawings. I have to stay it is quite a relief, although I do have a slight sense of achievement as well!
I do think though that these last drawings are the worst, maybe that's just because I had built it up in my head, my 2 final hours! I must of though something amazing was going to happen, but seriously I think it is because 30 hours is a long time to do any type of drawing and it is definitely time to move on.
Looking back I have found this task useful and think it was definitely a good start to my drawing project - 'Learning to draw (Again)'. Its kind of been like a long warm up to the marathon head, and I'm certainly warmed up and raring to go!