Project 1: Space, depth and volume

This project starts with a background covered in charcoal and starts by drawing into this with a rubber and then adding more charcoal to produce images without outlines.

This is my favoured way of doing life drawing, so I started doing some of these:

Arms raised Back ChestHalf Hand Hands on hips Leg

I want to see if I can apply this to my sculpture work though, so the next step was to draw a completed sculpture in this way:

Decaying pollen photo Decaying pollen

This kind of works (colour plays quite a part in the sculpture, so black and white doesn’t capture that), but it doesn’t help me to develop the work.

I then tried a sculpture I haven’t (fully) made yet:

Nerve Cells

Obviously the lighting is made up on this sculpture as it doesn’t exist yet. The sculpture will be a wall hung relief work, but this looks more like an aerial view of a large scale work in the landscape. I’m also not sure it helps me to develop my work. At this stage, the nerve cell pieces are made, but I need to decide how to arrange them on the background. This is going to be much easier to do by moving the pieces around once they are made.

Reflection:

I am a big fan of this way of drawing and think it offers the best method of capturing a sense of depth and form.

This method of drawing doesn’t help me work on my current relief sculptures, but would help when looking at more all-round 3D works. For instance, this was how I ended up with this sculpture. I have gone in for a lot of relief sculptures lately and want to move back into more 3D in the round works, so this method might be more useful to employ with these works.

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