Reflection and notes on part 4 – The figure

Revisiting my learnings in preparation for assignment 4

Over the time I worked on part 4 I felt that I took personally a big step forward. Did I learn in previous parts about media and how I could get used to them as well as about basic tools, this part I learned more about my own drawing approach. I think limiting myself to dry media and using wet media (ink, gouache) rather selectively and more for visual effects I was able to get a more intimate connection to my way of drawing without bothering too much about the huge choice of media I could use. Also by eliminating the challenge of using a full colour palette I was able to be more focused and taken more conscious decisions.

In this part I even felt that I could work much more out of the scope of the exercises to explore more my approaches. What I did by making drawings in the context of my visual researches (e.g. Emma Stibbon and on Frank Auerbach).

Being able to visit an exhibitions (especially on Frank Auerbach) I was really able to connect my searches in a broader scope that included all my senses. By that I could feel the spirit and got really inspired. Other examples earliery on where the exhibition in Jenny Saville and Egon Schiele.

I highlight for myself the following key elements that I want to use for my assignment work.

Mark makings:

see also: research on figure drawing and on self-portraits

  • Line: indicative, searching for form, expressive
  • Tone: contrast to line, conveying depth
  • Expressive: including my own feelings and emotions. depicting uniques features of a figure
  • Movement: through repetitive markings or multilayered images
  • Abstract markings but still with an overall figurative perception
Conceptual:

see also: research on self-portraits

  • Reflection: an inner view, looking backwards
  • Emotion: Emotions from the model, my own emotions, my emotions while drawing (process)
  • Observation: What do I observe? What does the viewer observe? How observation can be a theme by itself
My own works (part 4)

..that I feel are most successful or are going the way I want to continue:

  • Contextual drawings: Emma Stibbon (#2) because of visual effect (combination of ink and Conté crayon)
  • Contextual drawings: Frank Auerbach (#1 and 2) because of intensity of the drawing approach (charcoal – at times in combination with white Conté crayon)
  • Project 4 – Ex 2 ‘Three figure drawings’ (all three) because of visual effect (combination of ink and Conté crayon) and/or drawing approach (priming support for Conté crayon, usage of powders)
  • Project 6 – Ex 2 ‘Your own face’ (#1) and Ex 3 ‘Portrait from memory’  because of drawing approach (conbination of graphite white gouache)
  • Project 6 – Ex 2 ‘Your own face’ (#2) because of drawing approach (combination of Conté crayon and charcoal)
Artists I already learned quite from and who are inspiring me:
  • Frank Auerbach: his physical approach and intense working onto an into the paper, searching or forms and expression
  • Jenny Saville: her ability to capture the essence of figure alongside with indicative lines and mulitlayered images on the same picture plane, and her selective use of colour
  • Emma Stibbon: her approach with bold monochromatic values and contrast, and her working with powders
  • Michael Borremans: his approach with a simplified colour palette alonside expressive marks, line drawings, and inclusion of a vague background
  • Brooks Salzwedel: His approach with multilayers images on several picture planes to convey depth
  • Alberto Giacometti: His approach for searching and building forms through line drawing, colour comes second
  • Guy Denning: his usage of chalk and charcoal in a more expressive way and leaving some empty spaces, his combination of line and tone

.. a bit less but still present:

  • John Virtue: for strong contrasts but also some vague forms
  • Marlene Dumas: her intense use of white on faces alongside with strong contrast to a rather simple surrounding space
  • Lucian Freud: his selection of poses and his reflective approach
Questions:
  • Do I want to combine several approaches in my own works, or focusing on one approach?
  • What would brings a combination more than one medium/approach already can do?
  • Do I want to depict a moment or a timelapse (movement)?
  • What markings can convey best the mood of the model and of myself? Which media would I select?
  • Do I start with one approach, or with an expression, or with a concept?

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