To break down the process a little bit, I use painters tape to adhere a piece of drawing paper to foam-core. This gives me a rigid, but soft surface to press against, allowing me to have a huge value range. This also allows me to work on the drawing in a much more casual manner, since I am not strapped to an easel I can move to a comfortable couch and sit down to draw, or move rooms when there are too many distractions. To allow for more mobility I am using graphite exclusively, because charcoal would make too much of a mess.
Before I begin each drawing I begin with a grid system on the paper, this helps me with the placement of composition. I could erase it when I have the final product, but I like maintaining a kind of history to the drawing. You can see it a little bit in these drawings from 2012.
The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within
35" x 42"
One Among the Many
24" x 30"
These drawings were really great to do, and I really like them, but they are a little more straight forward, and the paper is adhered directly to a very heavy wooden panel. So they aren't as mobile. I want my drawings to play with dimensionality and flatness in the same way that my paintings do. So I made this drawing, also in 2012.
Some Sort of Ghost in the Machine
36" x 24"
I loved focusing on the contours and line weights, with just enough dimension to make it stand out. This drawing became the inspiration for the work that I would make a couple years later.
How Far Then, Shall We Say, That the East is From the West
24" x 36"
This is the first and last drawing I made at my studio space in Minneapolis, it is also the last drawing I made on an easel. The paper was stretched and glued over a very heavy, but beautifully made (if i do say so myself) panel, prior to drawing. I wasn't initially going to leave the background as simple as it is, but I was planning on making the clothes less detailed. I'm really happy with the drawing as it is, but I've learned that there is a real art to understanding what NOT to do. I'm still learning that.
Below are the three drawings that I have made since i've been without a space. The first is a study for what will be more like the two drawings above, but it was really fun to play with mark making, and seeing how much information i could convey while keeping a loose hand. The other two are pieces that kind of occurred to me, as if I knew exactly how I was going to approach them as soon as I sat down to draw. This has been a really fun way to approach making images, I think it has weaseled its way into my artistic practice so expect more in the future. in the mean time i hope you enjoy these pieces and check my website for more in the future.
Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw
22" x 26.5"
Mine Eyes are Homes of Silent Prayer
22" x 26.5"
On the Threshold of Distinction
29" x 35"