I’ve tried to experiment further with the portrait idea, this time creating one of my sister using brush and ink with white gel pen writing.
I really liked experimenting with how to use the ink, and decided not to keep it too confined but to allow some of the bleeding, particularly in the hair, which I think gives a nice effect and adds to the style of the drawing. I chose to do the writing in white to not draw too much attention to it, and keep it quite subtle, which I think looks quite pretty and does what I desired.
However, as I finished the work I couldn’t help but feel that it lacks some of the detail and finish that the previous portrait had, and I feel like I wouldn’t be able to gain this with the particular material unless I worked on a larger scale and form much longer. I feel like I need to be working on more long term, detailed, thought-through work; in many ways these feel like little studies compared to the finish of the collages, and perhaps if I combine the two or spend much longer on a single piece of work rather than trying to create a series I would be more satisfied and would have a more mature piece of work?
I’m unsure, but I think I’ll try something different now- this style of portraits feels stale to me now, and I want to move on! Which is important as this project is only three weeks long…