This drawing has been on my board for a long time now, occasionally giving way to something else, but my attention has always come back to this. I was even resisting finishing it because it was so pleasing to work on. To read about its beginning and see photos of the early development go to my previous post here.
One change I have made is the orientation. I worked the entire drawing when the paper was horizontal, and it now has made a quarter turn in an anti-clockwise direction. To me, this makes more visual sense, with the weight at the top, and the imagery trickling down. For the found creatures and objects within the drawing, the turn has made little difference, as they were all created depending only on where the original faint marks led, so you may find creatures spinning gently through space, hanging from a thread, drifting towards the next form. Strangely, the turning has caused some of the shapes to become identifiable as something completely different. Maybe there is no right way up.
I had no plan to find identifiable creatures or objects of any kind, but it seems to be human nature to look for something recognisable within abstract form, and I am fine with that. I am planning to call it ‘Evolution’ as it has been that for me, and that also refers to the evolving creatures within.
Below are details. The drawing was made with several weights of graphite pencils, from HB to 8B, and highlights of colour in Caran d’Ache Pablo pencils, on a basis of blots made using Liquid Pencil. The drawing is approximately 83 x 55 cm, measured at the widest parts.