Basalt Deconstruction – Precarious Stones Rock Art

Searching for the perfect stones isn't easy, there is a certain level of trial and error involved. I found the long square stone, much like a paving stone or wall rock, and then needed to see where I could stand it up. I seem to recall trying to use it as a balance with stones … Continue reading Basalt Deconstruction – Precarious Stones Rock Art

Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Sixty-two: Time to move on…

See more at T'Hed Sixty-One... Like the sideways face, I feel the upside down one is also more expressive. Maybe I'm just attracted to the unusual, but I feel the strange orientation draws the viewer's eye more to the face, than the bold colours of the background. I still feel that I need to use … Continue reading Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Sixty-two: Time to move on…

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Sixty-one: Layers

See more at T'Hed Sixty... Oddly, the simple stacking of the the colour blocks feels right behind the face, but they still distract from the lines of the face. Only the face needs to be done with. a thicker ink nib. do love the long, wavy necks and the tilting of the head on the … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Sixty-one: Layers

Working out an I aspiration – T’Hed Sixty: Oversimplification

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Nine... I'm aware that being critical of one's work isn't the best way of marketing it, but my goal here isn't about that... it must remain a reflective process on my material explorations. Having said so, the main issues I have with this one are that the ink nib needs to … Continue reading Working out an I aspiration – T’Hed Sixty: Oversimplification

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Nine: Stretch Back

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Eight... It seems my default for the second attempt with new materials has become making multiple heads. The ink pen works well for smaller faces, but I feel I've become impatient when I don't have a clear vision of what I want... more so when I don't feel I'm achieving the … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Nine: Stretch Back

Working out an inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Eight: Retro

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Seven... The main focus ere was to use acrylic inks and my nib tipped ink pen and ink well. This short series of five drawings all started with the painting (with a China brush) large forms in the three primary ink colours. When dry, they sat untouched for a few weeks, … Continue reading Working out an inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Eight: Retro

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

See T'Hed Fifty-Six for more... Ok, so maybe I'm reaching with my title question... a red stripe... a white stripe... where's the green stripe? Perhaps the yellow and blue floaters have the answer... if they combine... Yes, I'm reaching! The rough and raw feel (ie: messy) that I love works on this one and gives … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Seven: A Deconstructed Italian Flag?

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

See T'Hed Fifty-Five for more... It works... I think it works, right? The crayons spread the China marker and muddy the colours I choose for the skins... it shows less on larger faces, but adds some volume to these smaller ones. The subtle background colour choices really helped with allowing the gouache to make more … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Six: The pros and cons of small faces

Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Five... I think the use of more subtle colours over the surface is allowing the black outlines to jump forward. As I went through a couple of inches of China marker making them, regardless of my fruitless attempts at not breaking it. I might have to retry charcoal with other materials... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’hed Fifty-Five: Using Mistakes

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…

See more at T'Hed Fifty-Three... I feel this might be the best of the five I did this same day. Maybe it's the bigger face that allows the contracting colours to sine individually, or it's that I was using the materials a little better to cover the surface, or my colour choices just worked better... … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Four: Trusting the material a little more…