Yesterday was my last CD & AA session for the year. A third kind of line was discussed in detail, described as the lyric line. We used a thin brush with ink for this exercise. I could not break away completely from my normal style to make the right kind of marks. I would start correctly but lose my way within minutes. For the 3rd piece below I just gave up half way and started enjoying trying to capture a likeness of Javed who was posing for us for these pieces. I intend to do a few soon and attempt to draw sweeping lines to depict the form. One stroke for a line or a curve and no restating for this exercise 😀
Yesterdays CD & AA session was a discussion about using mechanical lines to draw. The orderliness, precision and the weight of such lines. We had a demo by Javed and then drawings of Juan Gris and Stuart Davis were shown and discussed. Both were influenced by Picasso and Cubism and expressed form in terms of line, plane and colour.
The exercise for the day was to make two drawings spontaneously using mechanical lines. We were to continue using black, wet medium – pen, ink, brush, markers etc. A third drawing was to be made using an office stapler as the take off point. I used a thick black marker for all three.
I am enjoying these sessions and the thrill of allowing myself to put whatever comes to mind on paper regardless of what it may mean. All this is a part of my subconscious mind and I am keen on learning to interpret them 😀
Todays lesson was about expressing emotions using line and then using spontaneity in making an “action” painting.
Homework is to do more of these with a title for each piece and an analysis of what we see in the results.
We found the small coffee table restrictive and by the time the second exercise came around the chairs were deserted for the floor.
A month ago we had an introductory session with Javed Jalil and had a brief taste of things to come. Towards the end, Javed asked each of us to draw a line on the paper pinned on the board and he used those lines to produce the drawing shown above. We were then asked to sign it to mark the occassion. We were hooked.
The first of the lessons took place earlier this evening. We talked about what a drawing was, the various types and elements. We then spent time talking about line and had a few exercises in between. I’m looking forward to next Sunday!