What is Drawing? It's not something we're usually given to think about: What is it to draw? To draw some Thing, and to do so in some Place, and where does Time come into our thoughts?...
The aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to reflect on your own experience of drawing thus far, and to reconsider what drawing might be; as an activity in its own right; as well as what it might be used for. Where and when drawing happens is as important as the act, or the thing itself … but again, what do you think? How do you see things?...
Submission Details: A completed drawing – and supporting exploratory material.
The breif for this project was very vauge, but I decided to embrace 'drawing' by drawing the same object in as many different ways as possible. I didn't want to just draw it in different materials, but rather, different representations of data or senses. I wanted to show how a load of binary codes were just as much a 'drawing' as a carefully analysed drawing. My object of choice was a knitted dragon I'd bought as a gift for my brother. I started by filling the pages of a sketcbook with lots of images, for the most part I would do the same thing twice in slighly different ways, usually with the second being more abstract or rough. I tried to always draw the dragon from the same angle, and only used red and black (and a little green) in my drawings.
Haptic Drawings, with my eyes closed and only able to draw from what I saw.
Redrawing the dragon from different angles on the same page, using a grey pen.
Creating the shape from red paper.
Printmaking, these were made using quickprint polestryene and releif ink.
I continued the prints by breaking up the shapes of the image and making it look more abstract.
I put the coloured inks in a dropper and 'drew' the picture in 3D while dropping ink.
Recreating the digital drawings. One is in base64, an image code that represents the image as Ascii text. Then there are the colour values for some of the most common colours in the image.
The dragon represented as a flow diagram.
I placed the dragon on the blank sheet and traced over the shadows cast in watercolour.
I drew around the dragon and traced it's silouette.
Both these sheets were made with a limit in mind. In the first, I only had a few minutes to complete the drawing, meaning I had to work fast and loosly. In the second I gave myself a limited number of strokes which meant I had to take my time and be considerate of the strokes used.
(Left) Dragon drawn on black paper with white tape. (Right) The final image from the previous pages, drawn full-size for final piece. I wanted to draw the dragon as basically as possible.
(Left) Tiny dragon drawn with acrylic pen dots. (Right) Masking Tape
Final Piece. For this I selected some of my favourite results for the development and recreated them on mountboard, then displayed them alongside the actual dragon. Displaying it like this made it very clear all these images were meant to tie together, they are all drawings of the same thing.