In preparation for Exercise 4 Energy I practised some mark-making and ideas in my sketchbook.
I have been reading some research on how we perceive placement of a figure on the page. I have hinted on this in the sketchbook but I will write up more fully when I have finished reading.
I took inspiration from Marcel Duchamp (Nude Descending) and Auguste Rodin (Cambodian dancer in profile) for page 23 of my sketchbook. I tried to emulate the Rodin drawing in watercolour and pencil. I was worried that the pencil wouldn’t work well on damp paper but it was fine. I used watercolour paper so it was sturdy enough when damp.
The Rodin drawing has achieved a sense of lively movement through the fluid medium used and the loose but accurate way the body is described. I like the way the background adds to the sense of movement too. My figure is a little too stiff but it is a method I am now keen to try for a life drawing.
Duchamp’s method of depicting movement was to duplicate the figure in a series to show changes in level (walking down a stairs) and forward movement. I tried to attempt to roughly copy this by a printing method. I had a glass plate with some grey watercolour paint on which I wetted and drew into with a cloth (Fig. 1.)
I liked the outcome which I think did convey a sense of movement. I then decided to try a mono-print from this. The problem was that the watercolour had dried and I know that if I tried to wet it I would lose the marks. So I tried to apply wetted rice paper to the plate. And that was not at all successful. It just turned out a muddy mess. However, I was glad a took a photo of the plate with marks on it, which I guess was a temporary drawing (remember those in Part One?) and I have put the photo in my sketchbook.