The Dark Manner

9 Mar

drawing 7

I’ve been working on some ‘manier noir’ drawings. The name means ‘in the dark manner’ and usually refers to the printmaking technique of mezzotint. I stretched the paper onto a wall originally, gave it 2 coats of gesso and when dry, I rubbed it all over with graphite block, then a rag dipped in turpentine to get a smooth slightly metallic finish. The drawing is done with wire wool and aluminium oxide paper, or fine sandpaper, removing the highlights and  paler tones. It’s a type of reductive drawing. One of the photos in the slideshow below shows how big the paper is, but I’m planning on getting three smaller drawings from it.


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9 Responses to “The Dark Manner”

  1. helenbmacfarlane March 18, 2015 at 22:20 #

    Reblogged this on just between me and you ….

  2. Leonie Andrewsl March 11, 2015 at 00:06 #

    I think Degas used a similar approach in some of his monotypes. I recall seeing many in an exhibition in Canberra a few years ago. Here is a link to one in the National Gallery of Australia,, although I’m not clear if it is reductive. Some in the show were. I think I recall the wall text saying that he did many as a daily exercise – some things never change!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 11, 2015 at 04:45 #

      Thanks Leonie, I do lots of reductive monotypes myself, inspired by Degas and Monet. It’s a fabulous technique. Thank you for the link 😊

  3. jhv57 March 9, 2015 at 23:59 #

    Reblogged this on JHladikVoss57's Blog and commented:
    Very interesting technique-with a short vid!

  4. jhv57 March 9, 2015 at 23:58 #

    Thanks for this! I never learned this technique. Very interesting!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 10, 2015 at 00:25 #

      Thanks Judith. It gives a very interesting finish. You can use compressed charcoal instead of graphite 🙂

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