In May I took some photographs on Bournemouth beach, looking down from the pier, and I used these when working on The moving figure project. There was an Asian family, with the ladies in flowing robes that were blowing about in the wind and it made a lovely scene.
I thought there was some further mileage in my original sketch and I developed the drawing in my sketchbook, with the aid of my photos, using bamboo pen, ink and a dilute bleach solution. I’m pleased with the outcome. After trial and error (not shown here) I feel the approach works as an impressionistic take on a beach scene… it might be hard to guess that the location is Bournemouth. I like the slightly enigmatic nature of the drawing… is the location a beach or a desert, where is it? The clue is probably in the child’s warm woolly cardigan!
I experimented with the technique I developed for Assignment three, and I am pleased to discover that there is potential to apply this to figures. In this instance I used much more diluted bleach and found that I could dab it around to create a sense of texture. I also started out with some lines of masking tape across the picture which meant some areas were bleached and others not. I adjusted so that the lines were not so literal but the effect is still visible (in a subtle way) and gives some additional variations of tone.