The mixed media drawing started in my summer school is finished. It was a work in progress in my Summer School post (see here) and has been worked on regularly since. Just to recap, the work began with rubbings made around the National Art School, using anything that yielded interesting textures, made on tracing paper and light weight drawing paper. These rubbings were then cut into strips, which were threaded into slits cut at regular intervals on a topographic map. The slits follow the lines of longitude and latitude, so are not parallel to the edges. The images on tracing paper were overlaid on the others to create more layers. I then started to draw into the image, pulling the rubbings together with the marks on the map, using Inktense pencils, releasing the colour with a wet brush.
It has required a lot of stopping, looking and thinking, punctuated with bursts of activity. Working on it was quite hypnotic, deciding which lines on the map to take and then how to extend and expand the marks that resulted. The choice of colour had to come from marks within the map and within the rubbings, sometimes echoing the colours, sometimes going to opposites.
The final image is cropped – I like the intensity of a smaller image that bleeds outside the image area.