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.
- 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
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
- 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?