I was day-dreaming about making finned objects in semi-opaque glass last month. That technique is beyond my means at the moment, but I came up with a substitute! I laminated together 8 sheets of tissue paper using Golden medium. It made a lovely, stiff, slightly wrinkly material from which I was able to mock up a semi-opaque finned form.
Wrinkly and ridged drawings in my notebook, still looking at that lump of coral and wondering how to get such an organic feel into a drawing without losing the crisp line of the Rotring. For me it works best when a line follows a line and a small natural change occurs; then that change is picked up by the next and all subsequent lines, so a form is generated almost by itself from the accumulation.
A very inspiring object: a friend brought this beautiful coral back to London from the Caribbean for me several years ago. She said it just 'looked like the sort of thing I would like', and she was right. It has never far from my side since (it's got to be about 15 years now). I refer to it a lot in my drawing in one way or another. At the moment I am particularly interested in the complexity of the finning which follows the main structures and join together to make something like lace.
Welcome to my blog. I am an artist in Fife, Scotland, represented by the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
I also work in design and illustration. Visit my other website under my nom de plume Binky McKee to see what goes on there.
PIC OF THE WEEK
It's often the details - a tiny section cropped out of a photo of our bedroom window, looking very Dickensian Christmassy.