Group Drawings: Scaling Up

This final drawing day with John Bentley for the term was a great departure from the loose and simplified style we had been exploring. However a common thread seemed to be in that here, we again manipulated perspective and composition. John gave us each a numbered fragment of an image which in their isolation were extremely abstract. He said the drawings would be joined to create a much larger whole but from this pixelated matter it seemed impossible to imagine this end result. He stressed the importance of accuracy, in the marks as well as how it scaled up onto the A1 format. My section was very complicated and rendering a copy became vey time consuming as I had to be conscious of tonal range and the various mark qualities. It was incredible to see how my drawing was given meaning and realised within the context of the collar. The collaboration of the exercise I feel was really successful as we were all able to share in the sense of achievement when the piece was revealed.

For our second drawing day with Will Stevens we looked into the possibilities of primary colours. Although this is a very simple concept, constantly evaluating how colour works against and with others is hugely important. Using a chosen image we played with combinations of two primary colours, one as the base and the other in the line drawing. I was most intrigued by the blue on the red as they are very different but communicate well in a subtle way. For the next task we manipulated the LIDL logo that featured these three colours and produced some humorous but exciting pieces together. Taking this simple logo and dissecting the colour into blocks and the logo as a pattern each group achieved a complex and unique representation of Henry VII for the large portrait. With the translucent quality to the plastic carrier bag we realised there were dual possibilities to each colour, with the reverse being more muted down and explored tone with this. This reflection made me consider the materials we use to draw with through collage as well as fabric and the possibilities they posses when viewed in a more open way.

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