The Junk Pile assignment

‘if it looks like it belongs on the junk-pile, use it’ was the guideline for this still life:


I had carefully picked out a highly textured pink sheet to experiment with some dry colour before doing the main drawing. And then I carelessly flipped the sheet and worked on the smooth surface – not even noticing. And again the draft took off and decided it would be the main drawing itself. I was especially interested in getting the brushes’ bristly effect – and also in the crumpled coke can. The brushes worked, I think, the can not so much.

Finally I realised I’d been working on the wrong side – and resigned myself to it…