T1-MMT-P5 Sketchbook update 20-Mar-2016

It’s been a while since the last sketchbook update (27-Feb-2016), although quite a few part pages have been shown with associated sampling/recording work.

p5-sketchpage 061 20160227

p5-sketchpage 061; 20160227


The above page based on work by Eva Hesse appeared at the beginning of stage 6, when I reflected on the power of working with repetitive forms (6-Mar-2016).

p5-sketchpage 062 20160228

p5-sketchpage 062; 20160228

In the same post I showed this work planning some early composition ideas.

p5-sketchpage 063 20160228

p5-sketchpage 063; 20160228

Also in that post was the 3D pen sketch and the simulation of repeated forms. Not previously shown were some tablet-based sketches, done sitting beside a garden waiting for car repair.

p5-sketchpage 064 20160304

p5-sketchpage 064; 20160304

This and the next three pages were recording and thinking of potential developments to my collection photographs, and were shown when recording the original photos (6-Mar-2016).

p5-sketchpage 065 20160304

p5-sketchpage 065; 20160304

p5-sketchpage 066 20160305

p5-sketchpage 066; 20160305

p5-sketchpage 067 20160305

p5-sketchpage 067; 20160305

p5-sketchpage 068 20160306

p5-sketchpage 068; 20160306

I realised that a lot of my attention was being given to the slabs used to provide height and thus precarious situations. Looking for possibilities led to Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work (http://www.ursulavonrydingsvard.net/). Above is a very inaccurate sketch based on a detail of Can’t Eat Black (link).

This helped me to identify my desire for layering with more depth and texture, a need met with broken tiles in concrete (12-Mar-2016).

p5-sketchpage 069; 20160309

p5-sketchpage 069; 20160309

A page throwing around ideas.

Photographing pieces in moving water wasn’t attempted – the setup seemed too difficult and I was concerned about the risk to my equipment. However there was a brief experiment with black and white photography (12-Mar-2016) and considerably more with wrapping (18-Mar-2016).

p5-sketchpage 070; 20160310

p5-sketchpage 070; 20160310

Sketches of p5-39 and p5-42 (12-Mar-2016) helped identify and extract some elements that pleased me.

p5-sketchpage 071; 20160311

p5-sketchpage 071; 20160311

This and the next page were drawn after writing up the second photo shoot (12-Mar-2016) in preparation for the third (written up 15-Mar-2016). I actually took the pages out to the garage with me and referred to them as I was working.

p5-sketchpage 072; 20160312

p5-sketchpage 072; 20160312

p5-sketchpage 073; 20160313

p5-sketchpage 073; 20160313

I mentioned ongoing research of Eva Hesse 6-Mar-2016. A couple of scattered quotes are in the sketchbook as reading continues. This passage linked to my black and white photographs, wondering if the elements of strong colour in my collection were unbalancing or dominating it.

The lower part was working on a photograph – p5-52 – as a way of thinking about what was working and what could be developed. That helped me work on plain paper, trying to extract what I was seeing. A bit more movement, some diagonals, in the main elements could ramp up this image.

p5-sketchpage 074; 20160314

p5-sketchpage 074; 20160314

A step back, looking at the collection as a whole. This is based on a still from the video. In black conte crayon (see note on colour above), I enjoyed exploring the different shapes together.

p5-sketchpage 075; 20160316

p5-sketchpage 075; 20160316

At the top is a collage planning the wrapping of my collection (see 18-Mar-2015), at the bottom one of the wrapped samples drawn in colour pencil.

In the middle is another quote about Hesse, this time about her “thinking about what an object might be”. That question is really engaging me at the moment.

p5-sketchpage 076; 20160319

p5-sketchpage 076; 20160319

Playing around with biro and coloured pencil.

First I drew lines based on the threads wrapping some of the samples. Then I started colouring, with a vague recollection that only three colours are needed to colour a map with no colour the same on both sides of a border. I thought this simplification of the line drawing might reveal an unexpected pattern. It does create some order in what was a chaotic set of lines. This seems quite a good method for beginning an abstract design development, not unlike the design development for printing that I did with Claire Brach (31-Dec-2015).

T1-MMT-P5 Sketchbook update 20-Mar-2016
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Sketchbook update 20-Mar-2016

2 Responses to “T1-MMT-P5 Sketchbook update 20-Mar-2016”


  1. 1 JulieB March 23, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I love the repeated forms in 061 – there is something quite mesmeric in seeing them repeated in a semi-irregular way. Really draws your attention into the centre of the piece to work out what’s going on and what the relationship between the different elements might be.


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