Drawing Day – 30th October 2015
The drawing day was led by Jude Thomas with David and Richard. All four of us responded to a charcoal drawing by Rodd Bugg, accessed with some difficulty from the Northumbria archive via a small pixelated image. We worked in our own ways, I restricted myself to charcoal on paper trying to find new ways to draw. At first gestural and haphazard and then by seeking some control. I worked on 4 drawings simultaneously – trying for a different concept in each, recording different states as the day went on. It was amazingly therapeutic, communal and ultimately useful, because it has cemented the possibility of drawing as a parallel or complimentary exploration of the 36 views idea. At the end of the session I put together a grid of progress photos together.
However the most successful and interesting was the 4th drawing created by transferring charcoal onto the page only – i.e.: no use of stick. I used everything from tape, teabags to glue and paper to transfer the charcoal from the floor and the other drawings.
The crit was useful, helping to validate the idea and outcome, also reinforcing the things learnt from colleagues. A good progress day with potential more sketchbook responses using discarded charcoaled materials as a collage medium. Charcoal is wood without smoke……