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.
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland