Drift – a long evolution

This drawing was started over two years ago, and has undergone dramatic changes in that time. It has been abandoned for months at a time, but I always had to come back to it. Starting life as a series of blobs, in the same way as Elemental, first I worked into it with pencil, rubbed most of it out, then with brown-toned black ink, making some of the ink bleed by brushing on water. The next step was working in again with blue-toned black ink, and again forcing bleeds with water. Along the way fine linking lines were added, and now I am beginning to add punched holes.

However, this is not the end – more pen work is needed, and ultimately I am planning to cut it up to make a cube … there may even be some colour added, but probably not. For me this is a large work, A2.

Below, the first image is the drawing as it is now, followed by it in its pencil stage (with some untouched areas of original blob), then details of the most recent version.

drift3_web drift1_web drift3detail1_web drift3detail2_web drift3detail3_web


Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

18 thoughts

  1. SO interesting Anna … I keep seeing different little other worldly tiny beings … Arthur Rackham comes to mind too .
    A long term project that has evolved and metamorphosed …. I really like it .


  2. A really nice progression- I understand the protracted process but unlike you I can only work on one drawing at a time and there are times when it just becomes a “job”. Like the way that you have managed to give the impression that it is an etching . Beautiful.


    1. Thank you so much David, I really appreciate your comment. Most of the time I just work on something till it is done but more often than not I have several things on the go at once, I think I need to feel there is something else to be getting on with if one thing isn’t working! This has been a strange one, in that it hasn’t really had a unified feel, as a whole it just looks like a blob, but I have loved the elements, and keep surprising myself with how it unfolded, which I think is what kept drawing me back to it. I do like the thought it is like an etching, but I think in the end I will transform it into a three-dimensional object to give it more meaning.


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