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Flourishes And Scribbles

24 Jan


Nina Simone small


I’m working on a collaboration with fellow artist, Unity. It’s in the early stages yet but I hope to have more to show in a couple of weeks. We’re basing the work on women artists who have influenced us and I’m starting off with some sketches from photographs of the list of people we came up with.  My collaborator nominated the amazing singer, songwriter and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. Sourcing an image to use was interesting because when you’re looking at someone who was artistically and politically active throughout a long life, you have to decide which stage of that life to represent. Also, working from photos means that you are using an image that has already been conceived by someone else, which is weird for me because I normally draw directly from life. So the dilemma for me is how to put my stamp on it and that comes down to the mark-making. I’m not doing a photo-realist piece as that would just be copying someone else’s vision. So I’m abstracting from the image in front of me and using the graphite to make flourishes and scribbles which focus attention on the marks themselves as well as the illustrious subject. This is my first attempt. I’m going to try abstracting some more, I think.

Male Nude, Female Artist.

9 Jan

Life drawing.

Here’s one of our younger models in a pose reflected in the large mirrors in the drawing studio at Swansea Print Workshop. I like to put the model in the context of the space and show what’s going on around. What I particularly like about this one is that the model is a man and the artist reflected in the mirror is a woman, which reverses a lot of people’s expectations. Life drawing can be quite controversial outside Western Europe – and even within it. I think part of that may be down to the history of art modelling and art, when most [almost all] artists were men and most models were women, considered just a little step above prostitution. Now it’s a credible career choice and we have models from all sorts of backgrounds, none of them exploitative and of course, women are now allowed to be artists. The drawing is in Faber Castell Pitt pens into an A3 sketchbook, drawn across both pages.

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