Charcoal Large scale Drawings

After beginning to develop some film and editing work and then hitting an obstacle of no motivation and being a little confused on where I was taking the work, I decided to produce a few large drawings. I started by thinking about what gestures I wanted to create which resulted in different simple movements. I decided to use minimal amounts of charcoal compared to the earlier drawings I had produced because I felt they movements were light and so the materials I used needed to use needed to be light with not too much tone and shading. I have produced five drawings in this series all focusing on the fingers with different angles to distort them. I found some of the movements more difficult to produce due to the angles and the distortion from these.

Not only was I using this exercise to refocus my mind on your idea, but also to expand my portfolio to strengthen my ideas. I found this exercise enjoyable because I was able to get myself away from my computer and focus on the drawings. In the back of my mind whilst producing these was how my own hand was being manipulated to produce these. Although I was working from an image of my own hand, I also use my real hand to reference the drawings and to create a more realistic piece. The photographs give a very flat 2D interpretation but they do provide a decent foundation. Working from life is more beneficial for me and has allowed me to create a better interpretation and record the movement and fluidity. Although my work has developed a lot further than just sketches and simple drawings, it is always beneficial to go back to simple drawing to refocus and clear the mind. With everything going on in the world today, things have become unsettled and unknown and so taking those times to refocus and calm are essential. Not only this but, an artist should continue with small or simple sketches to keep the creativity flowing.



Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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