Tuesday Tangles

A pair of tangled drawings today.

The tall, thin one is approx 10.5 cm x 29.7 cm in size – a piece of smooth, heavyweight cartridge paper. Colour has been added with a mixture of fineliner pens and graphitint pencils with a damp brush.

The smaller tile is 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) piece of the same paper. Again, I’ve used graphitint pencils and a damp brush to add colour. A white gelly roll pen has been used to add highlights to the image.

Both drawings have also had shadow added with a graphite pencil and paper tortillon.

I love the graphic nature of a pure black and white drawing. However, there is something almost magical in the way that colour and shadow/highlights can bring a drawing to a lucious 3-D appearing work of art.

I’m also loving the softer tones of the graphitint pencils with a damp brush. The water activates the colour a little and allows me to drag it out to create a gradation of colour, along with a darker, shadowed area.

The cartridge paper is not the best for using damp brushes on, but the texture that results actually isn’t all that bad.

My mind is wandering to the square tile, and wondering if I could create it in polymer clay … a thought to try out at a later time, maybe.

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