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.
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Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland