In art college, drawing was always of utmost importance, but as the years slipped by I became more focussed on making. As I started my project on ocean life, although intended as a textile project, I decided to use drawing extensively again.
Honestly, I am so hooked! I somehow forgot how useful it is when designing and how valuable it is as a tool to explore subject matter.
I would really urge anybody who thinks they can’t draw, to reconsider what they think it means to draw. If you can hold a pen or pencil, you can draw!! Even marks on a piece of paper become a design, once they are thought of in terms of how they are arranged. Basically drawing is a way of thinking and for anybody starting, it could literally begin with a scribble! And when that scribble is repeated in different drawing/painting materials or colours, then it already becomes a creative adventure! Of course practice is the key to achieving the exact results you desire, but nobody should feel excluded because they doubt their abilities!
Something I aimed to do when starting this project was to explore a wide range of materials and techniques. I have always loved using watersoluble media and although I don’t usually ‘click’ with soft pastels, I really love using them with water. In the drawing above, I used blue soft pastel and wash for the background.
The red drawing/painting is an exploration of the patterns taken from corals. There are so many ways I feel I could investigate these patterns further. There really is always a limitless range of possible avenues and the problem is more when to stop!