I’ve included, in this post, a selection of drawings made during the summer term at my life drawing group. The group is called Lifelines. The work presented demonstrate my attempts at familiarising myself with drawing using brush and Quink ink – an ink originally developed for use with fountain pens. There are a couple of nice properties that Quink ink posses which I like. Quink ink comes in blue or black, I use the black which is more like a Paynes Grey, a warm grey and one of my favorite colours, when drying, the blue can take on a brownish hue in some areas which can add an interesting quality to the work. Quink ink can also be used with bleach as part of the drawing process which, when applied, can create some nice effects as it bleaches those areas of ink that it is applied to. I have yet to work with bleach but will do so once I am confident with the direction I am going with my current approach.
I am also preparing work for this years Cambridge Open studios exhibition that we as a group participates in annually. I hope to include the best of the drawings using this media and technique. I make no claim for the quality or success of the work on show here. They signify my honest attempts at experimenting with a new media using various technical approaches in order to see what happens and in order to learn from the process.
A silly yet profound poem by Theodore Roethke.
A funny thing about a chair:…
You hardly ever think it’s there.
To know a chair is really it,
You sometimes have to go and sit.
The drawing was done on my Ipad. The chair is the one my models use in my life drawing class (Drawn while she was taken a break)