This week I’ve been working in the drawing studio at Wellesley College; it’s spring break this week so I have the whole studio to myself. I’m working on the fourth and final drawing, and also putting on the finishing touches and conducting a final evaluation these drawings as a group this entire week. Stepping back and looking at these drawings from a distance has become very important so that I can scrutinize minor adjustments that need to get made. I have a small space at home I work in, but getting distance on the work is impossible in that space.
I put in two long studio days yesterday and today which enabled me to nearly complete this fourth and final drawing. I started using an exacto-knife which offered more options in terms of scratching away at the Dura-Lar surface. The matt knife I’ve been using to scratch at the crayon is rather dull which allows me to remove the crayon in a more gradual manner. The exacto-knife was much sharper and aggressive, giving me the ability to remove greater quantities of crayon more quickly.
In the above detail, you can more clearly see the different kinds of marks created by scratching away at the crayon surface. I like that up close, you can see black lines on white and also white lines on white between the direct crayon drawing and knife work.