The brief here is to make a drawing of a subject of your choice using the subject itself, or tools constructed from the subject, dipped in ink or paint.
In my mark making experiments, the use of rust printing and drawing with gunpowder have stood out as methods I want to explore further and fit with the work I would like to produce.
I frequently do a walk near my home which goes through a disused quarry and these drawing methods seemed to fit in well with this subject.
I did some sketches and made notes on possible options:
Using the subject in the drawing was a bit tricky as there isn’t much actually on the site!
I decided to draw two boulders which had been left in the centre of the quarry.
These have drill holes through them where explosive charges had been placed. With a little lateral thinking I decided that the materials which would be used would be:
- Gunpowder to draw the outline of the boulders – not using the subject directly, but making reference to the explosives which were used to blow these boulders out of the quarry face.
- Rust marks – overall light rust over the whole image to join it all together, individual rust marks from items found on the site, rocks collected from the site placed on the paper whilst rust printing to hopefully pick up their outline in the rust print.
- Possible marks made from part of a tyre found on the site?
- Possibly adding crushed rock to the image?
The ink drawing of the background:
Line of gunpowder:
Video of the gunpowder burning:
After the burn:
Rusty objects and rocks added, rusting solution added and sealed to rust:
Charcoal drawing of the rocks added:
Random lines using found tyre added to try to blend the foreground with the rest of the image: