Ex. 1.4 Final Drawing Selection – Thoughts

Having had a look at some work that I’d found especially inspiring, I came up with the idea to make my final drawing selection as a large installation piece. It would be linked together like a giant jigsaw puzzle by using tape to stick A2 size pieces of paper to the wall, which would allow me to take it apart and select a few pieces to send off to my tutor for review.

The drawing method I initially decided to use was a combination of continuous line and drawing from memory, as these were the methods that I had enjoyed the most from the previous exercises.

So, I gave it a go:

Mixed media on paper, approx. 120cm x 162cm

I couldn’t decide which media to use at this stage, so I tried a few including permanent marker, graphite, fine liner and crayon. I had wanted to use ink too, but feared marking the living room walls of my rented flat, which also led me to slightly overlap the pieces of A2 paper.

Once I had finished, I took all the sheets down to evaluate them. I didn’t like them. The drawings were too busy and unrefined. I figured this was because of the method of drawing I had implemented – continuous line and memory had created drawings that were too vague. I also didn’t like the layering of the drawings, or the use of different media. The whole thing was a messy confusion.

So, I did a few more experiments to help refine what I wanted to do:

I had contemplated asking my partner to move the car from the garage so that I could use the walls in there, which would allow me to be as messy as I wanted. But the weather took a turn for the worse,  and after my brief dabble in the Chinese ink-style drawing (above left) I had confirmed that I did not want to use ink, but permanent marker instead (see above, middle). This gave a bold thick line which worked well on large sheets of paper. I had also decided to draw the objects using continuous line, but still observe the utensils rather than relying on my memory of them, as this gave the most expressive and observant interpretations. I did wonder whether to fill the negative spaces with some of the marks from the mark making exercise, or even to fill it with colour. I decided less is more, and that simple ideas are sometimes the best ones. I also decided to draw a few objects that I hadn’t drawn yet (above right), and found that the slotted spoon and kitchen scissors would be welcome additions, adding different details, shapes and surface qualities.

And so, I gave it another go:

Permanent Marker on Paper, Approx. 140cm x 180cm

This time I lined the wall with brown packing paper, so it would mop up any ink that went through whilst drawing. I also used more sheets to give more choice for my final drawing selection. Despite lining the wall, I still overlapped the sheets. When taking the previous attempt down I had found that I liked the spaces or gaps left behind from overlapping; just as you look for a corner piece when completing a jigsaw puzzle, these gaps were clues to how the A2 pieces would fit together for the drawing to be viewed as a whole.

Having a large piece on the wall like this, it’s easy to see its applications; it looks like wallpaper, or giant wrapping paper. It could easily be transferred to fabric.

Final selection of drawings:

Final Drawing Selection, Permanent marker, x5 A2 paper

These five (see above, and below) are the drawings I have chosen to send off for review, as I think I have made some good observations in them, and that individually they are strong enough to stand on their own:

The drawings are by no means perfect. If I did it again, I probably wouldn’t draw some of the objects so small. I’d possibly go bigger. Maybe I’d draw on coloured sheets, or use coloured pens. Maybe I would have sheets of paper covering an entire room… the possibilities are endless, and this thinking reminds me of this article from The Guardian:


Even in this relatively brief time that I’ve been working on the warm-up exercise Mark Making and Part One – Line, I can see the development of technique and style.


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