Committed to further study the themes present in the story Meanwhile (of which I talked to you in my last post), I focused during the past two weeks on beaches and ruins.
I worked with graphite pencils on paper again to simplify the information in front of me to simple values and shapes. I worked from photographs that I took myself or that found on the internet.
My issues with drawing beaches where twofold: the form of waves and wavelets reaching shore, and the shape of human footsteps on sand.
I am sure I missed out some information and deeper study would be required to get a grasp of the various behaviours at play in this kind of scenery: the motions caused by wind, the angle and quality of light at various times of day, different frames and points of view on the scene, the wearing off of marks by wind and water...
I could do colour studies as well, but preferred to focus on value and shape, so not to be distracted with too much to deal with at once.
To study ruins was a real blast. I have to say I was always scared of drawing this complex subject. But living in Ireland and thus being surrounded by remains of the past has forced me to look at ruins no matter where I go. Ireland can be a very ghostly place. It is filled with old castles and abandoned houses. I love everything derelict so I can say I am blessed to live in such a haunted country.
But castles are not what I needed to look at here. In the story Meanwhile a ruined city lies at the edge of a beach threaded by mysterious silhouettes. A long wall separate the sandy coast from the buildings.
My goals was to find the typical elements of a ruined building and how I could, with a minimum of information, convey the state of such building; what visual clues can I use to make a building feel beaten and broken. Also I needed to take a closer look at how a wall recedes in the distance.
I did not apply the results of those studies to my project yet. I know the information I gathered has coasted somewhere in my visual library. This knowledge is inside me somewhere waiting for the right opening to go through.
Next week I will study sky and cloud structures. For they tell so many stories in themselves, and are a big part of Meanwhile.
Also before I go back to my storyboard, I wanted to study the French artist Enki Bilal for another two weeks. He uses a mixed-media technique that inspires me very much regarding the treatment I want to approach my story with. But more on that on due time.
I hope you have enjoyed this little article about my continuous process. Next week in Trail of Colour I want to talk to you about application forms and procrastination. I know there are more sexy topics out there, but I feel I have to get this one out of my chest.
Until then I wish you all a happy new year 2019! Peace and Regeneration.