The cut-out effect is the result of photographing the drawing in poor lighting, which made the whole thing a bit grey, then erasing the background area in Photoshop to lighten it.
I’ve sometimes done this on previous posts to clean them up a bit around the corners but it’s more obvious and deliberate-looking here, and I like how the soft grey links the three individual poses together to create an apparent group of figures.
One of my drawings won a prize this week at the arts club annual exhibition. I also have two paintings in the show and sold one at the private view despite the NFS tag. Someone made me an offer and I took the cash. I’ve had offers for the drawing too but haven’t accepted…yet…as it’s one I’m fond of. I do have a plan chest full of drawings though so why have I not let it go?
It’s wonderful and very encouraging to receive acknowledgement and appreciation, and money, for my work.
I’ve sold many paintings in the past that I really loved and have no regrets about parting with any of them. (Well, maybe one, and I’ve insisted on keeping a few). Letting go of the old makes way for the new, and no one can enjoy work that’s hidden away in a rack or drawer.
I heard that a local artist, an excellent and prolific draughtsman, has been selling his life drawings for silly money at his open house show. A kind of loss leader for his paintings perhaps. I like that this gets his work, and his name, out there and suggests both a lack of attachment and a confidence that he can more or less give them away as there will always be plenty more where these came from.
The winning drawing is “Two’s Company” which I posted here on 18th February.
A slightly longer pose (20 mins) with more time to experiment mixing line and values. Not sure how successful it was…maybe it needed some much darker areas strategically placed to give a greater sense of depth…or something…ish? As it stands I think the line and tone are fighting one another.
I dared myself to drop my familiar linear approach and went straight for tone. I had to squint hard and just go for it fast allowing shapes to merge and create a more sculptural feel. This is a very unpracticed method for me and is more akin to painting…which is good.
Most of the central pose got erased along the way leaving just the head and shoulders and the lower leg and foot in the centre. I rarely erase like this and don’t know why I did it here. Maybe the inner editor jumped in with some make-it-look-nice agenda! Sometimes I keep drawing over and over until its almost impossible to tell which contours belong to which figures and a lively pattern of lines and marks covers the page. The header at the top of this blog shows a section of one of these drawings. Someone at the arts club described them as Composites and I’ve adopted the term…for now…