That drawing successfully rescued…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully selected adjectives are: broiling, wowf, reboant, meconic, rhyparographic, compital and bouncy.

Hm, yes… so, going back to my rather rambling post of a few days ago which was entitled Bins, ne-er-do-wells, charcoal and pencil, I thought this morning that enough time had elapsed for me to possibly revisit the subject of the drawing which played a key part in the tale.
I pointed out in the post that the photograph was taken quite early on in the drawing’s, er, what’s the word? Rendering? Creation? No, that sounds too pompous – er, execution? No no, I’ll just rephrase it… The photograph was taken quite early on in the drawing’s drawing… Yes, that sounds stupid, but I will leave it at that…
My idea was to include, behind those streaky random carefree stripes, ribbons, of (rubbed-on with a rag) charcoal, done some days earlier, something to contrast with their fluffiness – something crisp and clean and defined. I decided on a rectangle with with some nice chequerboard squares on it, it could hang at a jaunty angle to balance the jaunty angled streaks going the other way. If you look carefully at the original photo you can see the pencil outlines of them showing behind the wispy things.
So, as I waited for the bin chaps to turn up, I carefully shaded the squares in with a 4B pencil, carefully leaving the alternate white squares nice and clean and white. Then I drew some good straight black pencil lines around the rectangle to enclose it…
‘There! Doesn’t that look great?’ I said to myself.
‘No, it doesn’t!…’ I responded. The idea didn’t work at all! It looked nothing like I thought it would. Yes, the drawing was ruined, you can’t erase all that heavy black graphite! Better make a cup of tea. It’s very good stuff is tea!
Well, I thought, can this thing I’ve spent so much time on, be rescued?
Rather than ripping the thing up, in desperation I tried quickly blacking the whole rectangle in to get rid of those awful chequerboard things. There! How’s that look? A big black dangling rectangle hiding behind some scruffy stripes…
Whoa! I loved it!
I then included some scattered dots and small planets around the edges of the rectangle in order to… well, I don’t know why. Whoa! See, it’s even better!
Me, I do like this drawing… Oh look, here come the bin chaps… What a day it’s been!

Smudges with Rectangle. 2019. Charcoal and pencil on paper about 22″ x 15″.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to That drawing successfully rescued…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    I like how the bottom corner of the rectangle is slightly overlapping the charcoal. Frame it!

  2. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, Sharon’s said exactly what I was going to comment on. That little overlap adds instant depth. Nice!

  3. David Manley says:

    I’m loving those big blogs of sloppy lard dribbling across the paper…oh hang on that’s just the artist employing a bit trompe l’oeil n’est pas?

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