Draw, Redraw And Tidy Up

6 Jan

 

block prep 2

Today I had a good clean out of my working space, sorting out cupboards and boxes, clearing desk tops and shelves, filling recycling bags and setting aside things to give away, a new start for the new year. Then I began to so some preliminary work for a new woodcut. I did a drawing en plein air of a stricken tree back last year that I’ve fancied developing into a print for some time now. I grabbed a piece of drawing paper the size of the piece of MDF I’ll be using to make the woodcut and I started redrawing from my original sketch. I could have just scanned a copy of the original and enlarged it, but by redrawing a few times, I give myself the time and space to work out how I’m going to develop this as a three colour woodcut. The process isn’t easy but I find that this practice of redrawing helps me to focus on the technical details.

 

 

3 Responses to “Draw, Redraw And Tidy Up”

  1. anna warren portfolio January 8, 2019 at 00:10 #

    I agree about the re-drawing too – sometimes it can add new dimension to the original idea, and retains freshness that using a tracing or blow-up loses. Happy new year Rosie!

  2. Leonie Andrews January 7, 2019 at 01:05 #

    Excellent idea. Re-drawing is valuable in helping you get back into the subject. I often find that the working process delivers much more to the outcome of my work than the thinking process.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 7, 2019 at 12:20 #

      Yes, I agree. The thinking process can be counter-intuitive. Art is a physical activity as much as, if not more than, a cerebral one.

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