A sketch book drawing I did at lunch time of students and yes there is someone sleeping on the bench. At UWI there are these areas where the benches are shaded by huge trees and I was trying to compare this scene to the many times I visited Dartmouth College while I was at CCS. It's really not the same because it's just two different places but while I sketched that sense of feeling like I was at this other place made me remember and miss being there.
Hello everybody! Things have been very quiet on my blog because I've just started my degree in Literatures in English at UWI and I'm very happy to be finally doing this, I've wanted to do this for sometime, maybe some years...I'm not really going to go into all the details of what brought me here but I would say it's really important to do the thing sometimes because the thing just needs to be done. My school schedule has been very hectic but in spite of the numerous readings, deadlines and assignments, I'm enjoying the whole process so far. I wrote my first essay for Prose Fiction class on Characterisation based on the book, Jane Eyre which made me think about the feminist writers I like. It's only been a couple weeks and I've noticed you have to have an opinion about something and you have to be brave about what you're trying to say in order to say it and for others to understand it. Doing my degree is going to make everything else in my life very interesting for sure.
When I did this image, I decided to colour it grey just to see what I would get. The grey does add something to the scene, maybe it's late at night? What's this young girl doing there and who are these figures in the distance? I love when the creation of images just happen by chance through exploration, by not overthinking and just going with a feeling. I get excited to see what I can do next!
One of the main things I learned during the process of experimenting, is it allowed me to see my ideas from a different angle. It pushed me to think beyond what I would normally do, for example, doing my 'test' marks on circular paper which resulted in creating a connection between the images of four women dancing which later lead to my Moverssketch.
As promised I'm sharing with you some of the things I used during this project of exploring marks and strokes. I've been exploring this for some time now–line, mark, texture, shape. You would have seen some of this exploration playing out in my sketch book postings. The pencil, brush and ink, paint, pen, markers...but late last year I posted a sketch book drawing (Together) on Facebook and my friend Wendell McShine gave me some advice to experiment with different tools other than a brush.
I got very excited about this because I felt like he understood what I was trying to do and it forced me to look deeper at my work. So my new tools became anything and everything I could use to make a mark. Eventually I settled on a few and the image above shows some of the tools I selected and the marks I created. I even numbered the sticks so I could record properly what I used and the results. It felt like a science project and I wanted to store everything in a container and a bottle which made this whole process refreshing.
I'll be posting some of the images I created from this process, some I've posted on my sketch book page. Also I'll explain what I used for each image I created and what I learned.