I like this style because it allows me to pick out the most essential aspects of a scene. The drawing style I use most is the ‘continuous line’ method, where I keep the pen on the paper without taking a break and restarting in another part of the drawing. I also hardly look at the paper at all.
That method of drawing lends itself particularly well to direct line monotypes. A detailed description of which can be found here. In this monotype I have taken a very busy and colourful life drawing and focussed in on the emotional centre of the piece; a woman lost in her thoughts, seemingly alone.
By outlining the woman and her reflection boldly, I hope to draw the gaze to the hard exterior we all sometimes show to the world. Individual limbs and even her face are softer; more delicate and almost blend in with the background. The image shouts “leave me alone” in a way that the more colourful original never could.
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