The Work Behind THE WORK

10 Feb

Biro sketches.

An artist friend recently opened an Etsy shop and posted  a link on Facebook. Her work is lovely, but one FB ‘friend’ posted that it was way too expensive. I was very irritated by this as I thought it very reasonably priced – each piece is original and beautifully made. I was reading some stuff recently in a-n magazine, the professional journal for British artists, about how art is undervalued and under-appreciated in Britain – people often seem to have no idea of the amount of training, practice and work that goes into creating a piece of art. I think we artists are partly to blame. We are rarely seen doing our art in public [it’s one of the reasons I sketch when I’m out and about] and people generally only see our finished pieces, not the masses of preliminary drawings, moquettes, notes, research and so on that go into making the finished artwork. Perhaps we should routinely put our preliminary work into exhibitions, so that the public can see how a final piece is arrived at.

I’ve been working on some block prints based on photographs I took from my second floor window of unsuspecting pedestrians below, exploring the concept of the artist as voyeur. I do some digital manipulation in Photoshop but I also draw from them, to get a feel for the shapes, the figures and the personalities before I begin to cut the blocks. Here are some of the preliminary sketches I did today, in biro into an A4 brown paper sketchpad that i bought on a visit to New York City.

7 Responses to “The Work Behind THE WORK”

  1. timruane24 February 12, 2012 at 14:14 #

    This is excellent.

  2. Russell. February 11, 2012 at 19:42 #

    You tell ’em Rosie! It’s a real slog, I often think of Van Gogh, scratching out a meager living and then the lesser people that made their fortune on his paintings after his death.

    It’s a dog eat dog world :-/

    • Rosie Scribblah February 12, 2012 at 12:19 #

      It’s hard to keep going sometimes but there’s no point in undervaluing your work because that is undervaluing yourself.

      • Russell. February 13, 2012 at 14:39 #

        Right on!

  3. The Blithering Idiot February 11, 2012 at 15:07 #

    Love the drawings. I’ve found that in the “art world”, but with ceramics/pottery in particular, some people are sell their stuff at outrageous prices and getting it, while most others are barely getting by. Funny how that works

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