Tuesday, 10 March 2015

All the drawing


I did tons of drawing for the Paper Planes project; not much of it made it into the final drawing, but in a way, all of it did. 

I think I spent a whole day chewing my pencil and scribbling. Of course I'd thought about the drawing from the moment I got the brief, and knew exactly what I wanted to do, but I never know how I'm going to make that happen until I start. Or how it's all going to turn out.   


Sometimes the same stubborn idea keeps popping into my head, and I have to draw it to get rid of it. Sometimes I have to draw it to see what's wrong with it. 



I really really liked the picture of the ghost looming over a small town, but the story didn't have anything to do with the town, alas. 


I'm saving the idea of the town, though; it's going to make a very nice stripey repeat pattern for a lino block. 

Once I settled on a composition I liked, I drew it up on A3 paper, which took about a day. That evening I looked at it again, hated it, and redrew it, which took about two hours. I used the discarded drawing as a practice piece for the texture of the mountain, and to see whether the flowers stood out well enough on it, which also meant I wasn't too nervous when I started inking the final piece. (Usually the first half an hour of inking is complete rubbish.)

So all in all, a week of solid drawing. 

5 comments:

letitfly said...

Hi Jesse...just wanted to mention that the third drawing in is just fantastic. I love the movement in the lines and especially her hands. The whole thing looks like fury. Great!

colleen mulrooney said...

I love your sketches and the way you see the different perspectives!

Cristina Salgueiro said...

Love everything, love love the girl looking like a zonbi.... she looks very wild. It reminded me of my oldest daugter drawings, she is also "fanatic" about drawing, and she is starting to do comics, wich is very funny, I wish I could draw so nicely...
Good work for you :)

Jane McLellan said...

Thanks for showing us the lead up process rather than just the finished drawing. I've been trying to persuade a knitter that preliminary swatches are not a waste of time. She is an artist, so perhaps I should say that the process is similar to preliminary sketches - they are all important to the final product.

Jane McLellan said...

Thanks for showing us the whole process rather than just the final drawing. I've been trying to persuade a friend that knitting swatches is not a waste of time. She is an artist, so perhaps I should say that swatches are like preliminary sketches and are all important to the final product.