On Saturday Kate Hardy organised a 12 hours drawing night, where 8 artists explored drawing as a working process at the project space - Studio 4 based in Chisenhale Studios in London (For more information on the space view http://chisenhale.co.uk/chisenhale/studios/project-space/). Starting at 7pm artists explored the use of mediums from charcoal, pen, pencil and collage whilst responding to themes including continuous drawing, portraiture, natural form, film and birds in flight – completing the last sketch at 7am!
|Paper chicks by Lisa Smith, collage, ink and charcoal on paper|
If you look back on art history, drawing has been a familiar part of the creative process. Traditionally, printmakers, painters, and sculptors might dash off sketches to practice technique, keep notebooks as a way to gather and organize ideas, or draft formal renderings. With the range of mediums, methods and techniques of drawing that are readily practiced in contemporary art, this drawing session provided us with a chance to use drawing to brainstorm and experiment, to explore ideas, and to propose, circulate, and chronicle works in a range of drawing media.
Within my workshops I am always preaching observation is key to successful drawing, practice daily and experiment with your materials, however if I am honest – within my own practice I tend to mainly draw with water-soluble crayons, draw when I get the chance (which is NOT every day) – BUT I do maintain a keen observation of my drawing subject prior to any commitment to paper.
What I felt was so successful within this event was the continuous drawing, the continuous change of subject matter, the continuous change of light and the range of mediums to experiment with. Working alongside fellow artists I felt that I could relate and was inspired to respond to their style, ideas, visions and practice. It was a joy to reengage with drawing as a creative process.
Here are some images of the work created over the 12 hour period:
Continuous Drawing - Project 1
|The first project of the night was continuous drawing, each artist started of a drawing on a piece of A2 paper , folding over the image once completed and passing onto the next artist to continue|
|Admiring the finished pieces|
|This was a great starting project, to loosen up, get to know the other artists and more importantly to have fun!|
|Pinning up the blind contour drawings to the studio wall|
|Joys Charcoal drawing on me. It's funny how when you draw yourself or if you are drawing each other - |
you always end up looking so stern in the portrait
|Julie making a dove|
|Joys observational drawings of hands|
|Mediums available throughout the night included charcoal, pencil, pastels, oil pastels, felts, ink, collage, paint, tape, coloured pencils and pen|
|Completed hand drawings|
|Birds in flight project, this project saw artist explore the use of collage as a drawing tool|
|Kate's bird in flight mixed media drawing|
|These drawings were sketched in pen on a pad of paper on a tablet. The idea for this project is that all the drawings will be layered together on the computer to create a unique piece of work|
Project 5 - Lunch
|We even drew whilst we ate our "lunch" at 2am!|
|Drawing to film,|
|Watching "Amarcord" (When the puffballs sore!) I really enjoyed watching the film and drawing images that inspired or spoke to me. I drew snippets of scenes and added quotes, shadows in my sketchbook pictured above.|
Project 7 - Natural form
|My Natural form pencil drawing of a seagulls skull|
|Drawing natural form around 4am - now supported by large amounts of coffee!|
Project 8 - Found Object
|3B and 6B pencil drawing of an old shoe, I think Kate said this had been found along the canal,|
such a beautiful object to draw.
Project 9 - Found Image
|Spike working from a found image. Using pen on paper|