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…

A View through a Window

Again a part of the drawing assignments for the tapestry course. This one began as a rough doodle as a foundation for a drawing, but decided to become the main drawing itself. A bit cheeky really seeing as it’s done in 10 cent shop kid’s colour markers! Actually I was very surprised at the possibilities with this stuff – though range of colours and colour mixing is a problem. This particular set had 18 colours:

Thru the window

I was interested in trying to convey looking through a mesh curtain – and to some extent succeeded. Also featured – my half finished so-called Technical Sampler, seen on the loom made from the head and feet pieces of a bed.

Markers of  a ‘reputable’, professional standard are used all the time by graphic artists and designers. The solvents used vary. Some, as in the example above, do not penetrate very deeply into the ground. Others, xylene and alcohol based, do sink to the other side. I did a mock-up drawing in Zig marker for the kitchen object still-life assignent. The ink sank and gave a view from the rear-side that I find very attractive, It is of course a  reversed image:

reversed teapot

This is not the submitted image. The requirement was for mass to be indicated with hatching techniques, so:


Here again I have had a bit of an experiment – wanted to see if I could have a hard-edged drawing which still suggested mass.

Back to the Drawing Board

It’s a bit of a load, this second year in the Tapestry Diploma. Four subjects – More weaving of course, and also history, understanding colour, and drawing. Plus the funny little literacy add 0n that one does on line, and the dyeing that is a left over from last year. Hmm. Almost panicking. I need drawing practice, and found a local art group that meets just down the hill – a twenty minute walk.

And today I put my toe back in the water after several years away from drawing:

buddha head

buddha folds

buddha etc