Experiments with backgrounds

I’ve been experimenting this week, planning for different ways to approach the backgrounds in these drawings.  I had originally thought that the marks and strokes done with etching ink and a sparser background would be the way to go, but I wanted to try the extreme end just to see what it looked like.  I looked at Francis Bacon’s “Pope Innocent X” for inspiration, a painting which features bold, aggressive marks moving through the figure and integrating into the background.

Looking at the results, my conclusion was that a background like this would be far too heavy handed; too many of the subtleties in the forms get lost in the background strokes.

Falling Study


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