On Thursday, after lunch in the members room and a quick look round rooms 90,91 at British Museum ( watercolours and ' where the thunderbird lives'), I headed off to Wellcome Collection for the first session of City Lit Contemporary Drawing Sketchbook course.
After a discussion on various ways of recording : eg different materials ; collage; continuous line; making notes; we spent an hour each on 2 different activities: drawing 2 commissioned works by contemporary artists ( lots to choose from) looking at methods used and how they'd interpreted their them and then drawing from exhibition ' Electricity- the spark of life'
I first studied the glass interpretation of the swine flu virus by Luke Jerram, fascinated by the different qualities of the glass itself but also the shadows and reflection. I could see rings of of papercut people in the shadows . Intentional, accidental, does it matter?
Then in the reading room , high up ,difficult to see easily , 'Sewing Body' by Alice Anderson which incorporated personal objects and a needlework figure wrapped in fine copper thread. I used 0.1 pen to work out what was going on in the lines in contrast to the graphite I'd used for the glass. Note to self - try different materials using same subject.
On her website, found picture of wrapped lightbulb , appropriate for the electricity theme and also some photographs of her performances. Capturing motion is the main theme that came out of my observations.
No photos allowed in the electricity exhibition so had to do a lot of searching for similar model of fantastic 3d model of electricity consumption assembled from hundreds of daily record cards.
This led to all kinds of wonder in Parametric 3D forms
Then a study of first X-Ray by Roentgen and trying to capture the motion in film on Cineradiography articulation of limbs
I was just thinking I could do with a book showing details of hand anatomy and drawing instruction when the following day I picked up How to Draw Hands Oliver Senior for £1 in the Fleur Bookshop!
I've long had a bit of a thing about hands - in Wellcome collection; double hand print ; and look what's currently under the sewing machine for International Threads .
On Saturday I met up with some members of CQKent at Oast Quilters, with an interesting talk by Mary McIntosh and today I'm returning to Brunei Gallery and then back to Wellcome for some more data gathering for this Thursday. Housework has been abandoned this week!