The Prices Trust in Shoreditch had free etching classes for students on Mondays. I went along, expecting to be bored by some lengthy process or burnt by an obscure chemical. The bar was low.
What I found was it was one of the most enjoyable and therapeutic processes I had come across: I was hooked. You eventually are left with a sheet of etched metal that you can print in a variety of ways: this meant playfulness and possibility.
As you can see my subject matters were mostly nudes from varied life drawings or sources: The more obscure being Man On Barcelona Beach Taking Accidental Selfie (No documentation of our presence on the holiday was achieved), an Abstract Naked Flatmate and another involuntary member of Barcelona beach.
Thank you, Barcelona. Thank you, Bottoms.
This was a 10 minute pose in a wonderful venue near Covent Garden using flat-ended markers. For this there it was good to do a quick study first to get a feel of the form and then committing to the marker in a calm concise way.
I find that anything permanent or on ‘nice paper’ the mind can be a little precious and start to over think. That is why, as much as possible, I like to go into each painting with an attitude of “this is just for me to experiment” or “this is a messy one- I can scrunch it up afterwards!”. In this way, it’s almost like giving the dog a bone: The mind calms down and isn’t so loud, and I am left to just look and simply observe with little judgement. This is what life drawing for accuracy essentially is: unfiltered translation of what you see onto paper. Simple! (In theory..)
Quick Pen Graphics
2 Minute Sketches
When the time is quick, the mind doesn’t have a chance to interject too much. Hence, I tend to find…things work out a little better. You can see the energy that happens and spirit with a little less ego involved!
Using the side of a broken stick of charcoal to create body and form thats different from the outline quick sketches. This is more painterly and sculptural. These 2-4 minute poses get out the essence of the form, body and 3D structure.