Friday, February 08, 2008

small drawings on pre-treated paper


Almost a year ago, I covered a 9x12 piece of canvas textured paper with gouache. This treatment was to be the background for an illustration that never saw pen to paper. I stumbled upon that piece of paper last night and decided to cut it up into various pieces based on the lines and forms created by the paint. Then they were tucked away into my journal for future, random use.

Well, I couldn't resist the bold orange and red peeking out from the top of my journal so I committed myself to drawing simple contour/gesture drawings based on the patterns in the background. Here's what I came up with...

concept: "leadership"
materials: pen and gouache on canvas textured paper
dimensions: 6" x 2.75"




concept: "the way it used to be"
materials: pen and gouache on canvas textured paper
dimensions: 6.75" x 3"




concept: random flowers
materials: pen and gouache on canvas textured paper
dimensions: 6" x 1.50"




concept: flower and grass
materials: pen and gouache on canvas textured paper
dimensions: 6" x 3"



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4 comments:

Wendy said...

I think these are great. I really like the look fo drawings on prepped paper. I saw an article on wetcanvas by Diahn Ott that made me prep my new visual diary. I guess you have seen how Roz preps her sketchbooks also. The first one is like the wise men with a couple of kings (sell it to Hallmark!) but my preference is for the flowers. They are just so darned free and ...hmmmm, can't describe it. Can't find the right word. But I LIKE them.

Serena said...

I can't pick a favourite though the one with the tepee comes close. Nice work, Joe ~

Ann said...

These are wonderful! I don't know that I can pick a favorite either, maybe the flowers as Wendy mentioned, they have a freeing spirit to them. Very nice.

Joe said...

Thanks for the great comments. It really started out as an experiment but I can see these pieces as final artwork, or perhaps used in another illustration.