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Dignified Boredom

June 2004

As you can see from the two sections of life drawings, the expression on most of my models faces is one of dignified boredom. Rightly so, facial expression is dynamic, a look of surprise is sustainable for a camera click. The problem is, I have been working for a long time under the assumption that the best way to draw is from life. Unsurprisingly I have had trouble capturing that certain kind of momentary facial expression. Only after some recent, highly recommended, reading David Hockney's Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters, have I allowed myself to draw portraiture from photographs. So this month I did something I have never done before. I took a series of photographic self portraits. I hate having my photograph taken so this process was difficult, but no one else could or would model for me. I miss living at home for this because my mum is a great model. Anyway, it is done now, and I now have some overly expressive drawing material for the rest of June.

A photograph of two lifedrawings on brown paper with ink and chalk A collection of life drawings with pretty much blank faces

The other thing I have been working on is a series of small, simple continuous line drawings of a bramble in my garden. I had three separate drawings of three separate views and then attached the pictures to the plant with spidery silver thread. To view the work you have to move around the plant and view it like you would view the plant itself, in its full 3 dimensional glory.

A collection of photographs of different angles of a bramble.

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