This afternoon was spent working on small scale ink sketches, similar in terms of approach from yesterday’s work with the acrylic paint, but of course an entirely different experience due to the change in media. I did do 1 really quick ink sketch at the end of the day yesterday, and I was quite disillusioned with the result. I think what I’m most drawn to is the graphic qualities of ink. While bleeds are always exciting and full of potential, there’s something about the clean, crisp edge of an ink stroke that you won’t get anywhere else. At the same time, I was using India ink instead of walnut ink which gave me the ability to layer the tones which is impossible to do with the walnut ink.
I actually haven’t used black India ink for quite some time, I think because a few years ago I was feeling like it was too rigid and didn’t flow quite the way I wanted it to. For this subject matter, the India ink seemed really conducive to the visual effects I was trying to achieve. By the end of the day, I was starting to think that the India ink was more effective than the acrylic paint.
After just two days of working there are a few aspects of the work that I want to get to sooner rather than later. Many of these ideas had already emerged in the Waiting Series, but I think it took me much longer to arrive at them simply because I was working through so many other things at the time. I know I want to start working large as soon as possible, and I also know that I want to keep working with large amounts of white space, I want to keep the figures are relatively small and allow the reflection of the figures to be the main focus. It’s in many ways an identity crisis for me to be focusing less and less on the figures, but I’m feeling like that’s what the work needs right now. I was getting really excited about a lot of the abstract qualities of the water in the images. That’s an area I really want to exploit to its fullest potential in this project.
For now I just want to keep sketching for some time. The thought of preparing surfaces is really unappealing, as I’m just starting to work out what I want to do with the project visually. At least 2 more weeks of sketching is going to be necessary before I really feel worked up to that point.