Today in the studio was an important breakthrough in this project. After months of preparatory work, I was dreading the thought of actually starting on the final drawings. When I finally got to the final drawings last week, there were several days of planning and sketching the composition onto the Dura-Lar. Even though I was sketching on the final surface, I considered this process as the finale of the preparatory work.
With everything finally in place on the multiple layers of Dura-Lar, I was able to dive right into more a substantial and emphatic drawing approach. I felt a little timid at the beginning, but quickly settled into a bolder rhythm as I worked the surface with the lithographic crayon. I think about each reflection of each figure as having it’s own distilled “calligraphic gesture”. When I was first starting this project in 2007, I looked at historical and contemporary Chinese calligraphy for inspiration. The work I’m doing now is so far removed from that reference, but it’s still an idea I think about when I draw each gesture for the reflections.
I think the most important part of today’s drawing session is that I established a platform for these drawings that has instilled back my confidence and direction with these drawings. Looking at the work I completed today, it’s clear that my marks are more open and loose than in previous works which I think is adding to the atmosphere and depth even at this early stage.