The second week of Large Scale Drawing project involved applying ink washes to the previous weeks charcoal drawing, disrupting the composition with addition of another A1 sheet of paper ( either whole or in parts ) and working on again with ink, charcoal or other media .
Quite a transformation from the drawing below to that above!
Then a coffee break while the ink dried and time to inset another A1 sheet of paper. I split mine in 2 and placed one part at the bottom and 1 in the middle and turned the top section of the drawing upside down. By this time it was enormous and I needed Tony's height and help to put it back on the wall
Then a return to using pale washes, gradually increasing in density , to link the elements across the blank white sheets ( which of course didn't have all those layers of rubbed down charcoal drawings underneath so had a different quality) I needed to make myself a long stick of paintbrushes joined together with masking tape in order to reach the top areas!
The drawings were left to dry over lunch ( the heaters turned on full blast) , looking considerably paler ( below) on our return .
There was a wonderful accumulation of ink splatters and drips on the walls and floors. Inspired, I put a sheet of paper under mine to catch the marks!
Asked to respond to the marks and shapes, I struggled initially as I'm not very good at working from my imagination. At Tony's suggestion as there were so many lovely layers and marks, it didn't need that much more work doing to it, strengthening the darks in some areas and using careful drawing with charcoal to bring definition and contrast, emphasising some of the dribbles and marks . I didn't want to climb on a chair to get to the top area so left that indistinct, concentrating on finding creatures and suggestions of strange objects within the areas I could reach ( ever the pragmatist!)
Responding to the drawing itself rather than having fixed ideas of subject matter produced some amazing results ( reminding me of how much I enjoyed Tony's ' Reading a Paint Surface' ) Who'd have thought that I could produce such a complex multi-layered drawing using a toy fork lift truck as a starting point! I can see or imagine all kinds of things when looking at this.
It's also a revelation working so large ( and messily!) , not something to do easily at home ( though I did do that quilt flicking in the garden …)