This is a new drawing I started of my friend sitting on her bean bag chair. The surface is a small gesso panel, 8.5 x 11″, and I’m drawing with graphite. She had this fuzzy shag carpeting on the floor, so to capture that I decided to brush on some graphite powder with a stiff brush.
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Slowly plodding along on the drawing. This is the first time I’ve worked with Claybord in this manner. Before, I would cover an area in ink, and scrape away to the white. Here I’m using it more like a regular drawing, and it’s working, but very slowly.
One effect I’m noticing is that because its a non-absorbent surface, when the wet lines of ink intersect the ink will flow across the area, sort of like the way watercolor stains. This causes the lines to get lighter in some places as the ink puddles. I then have to draw back over the area again, slowing things down. Also, I was hoping the undertone staining I had done with thin oil paint would not scratch away so easily. That’s forcing me to go back and forth with drawing, scratching, and then reapplying the tone. This new tone of oil color is thinned with mineral spirits so it won’t disturb the ink.
I’m not sure I’ll get this finished in time for entry into the art show I was planning to apply for at the end of the month, but I’ll keep at it anyway.
I’m further along on the drawing. The back column is drawn in, and I’ve started on the background landscape.
In the closeup you can see some of the range of marks that this Uniball #207 pen allows me to make. I can get an almost dry brush texture by lightly dragging it across the paper, and I’ve gone back to the figure to darken it up some with some finer modeling that I’ve added here to the arm and blouse.