24 Jun

manier 3

I’ve been doing a manier noir drawing (above) the past few days (click here if you want to see the process), based on an original sketch I did a few weeks ago on a field trip with scientists from Swansea University’s FIRE Lab project. We were looking at culverts up in the Brecon Beacons. I found them fascinating, lovely stone architecture, probably Victorian. I thought there was an otherworldly atmosphere to them.


From left to right: paper prepared with charcoal; original sketch; manier noir drawing in progress using wire wool and aluminium oxide paper.


I like this technique, it has a spooky, soft, ethereal quality. Manier noir means “the dark manner” which I think suits it.



6 Responses to “Otherworldly”

  1. Alli Farkas June 27, 2019 at 19:19 #

    Mmmm…these are special. Love the contrast and the “fuzzy” atmosphere.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 28, 2019 at 10:59 #

      Thanks Alli, I’m wondering how to transpose to printmaking – maybe a mezzotint?

      • Alli Farkas June 28, 2019 at 16:11 #

        Would defo try a mezzotint.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 28, 2019 at 19:20 #

      Yes, I think it would work really well 🙂

  2. outsideauthority June 25, 2019 at 12:46 #

    Interesting process and great effect

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