Exploring more blots


Time for a new take on the blot-inspired imagery. I decided, instead of one large piece of work, this time I wanted to do a series, with the intention of linking them into a larger piece. So, eight pieces of paper have been prepared with random blots, once again using Liquid Pencil. The above is the first one completed. I worked to the edges of the paper so that there can be continuity with the next piece, and in a further development from Evolution (see here) I have brought in more colour, which has been suggested by the faint colour that comes with the different toned Liquid Pencil.

To me in this imagery there is a sense of floating, of objects that are sometimes only seen in the air when the sun catches them in a particular way, like the spiders’ webs that can be seen in the early morning or by torchlight at night. They feel impermanent, insubstantial, ephemeral.

All the drawing is done with pencils, the graphite is 2B in a clutch pencil with a 2mm lead which can be sharpened to a needle-point and the colour is Pablo and Luminance pencils made by Caran d’Ache. Very expensive pencils, but with the richest and most permanent colour. The paper is Magnani Corona 300 gsm 25 x 35 cm.

Below are details from the drawing.

Author: anna warren portfolio

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

35 thoughts

  1. Wonderful and beautiful to see. On the one hand they as ephemeral objects and on the other hand they look to be little portals or rends in the paper showing glimpses of fantastical landscapes. The details are mesmerizing and the visual play with the viewer is delightfully fun.


  2. I could sit and look at these for ages, conjuring up all sorts of stories. These look a little more spiky and barbed than your previous blot images. They’re wonderful.


  3. These drawings are a fantastical hybrid between nightmares of Hieronymus Bosch and fairy tales of wondrous enchantment. The forms could be exquisite jewellery (made from gold spun from straw) or labyrinths of inescapable weapon-filled tunnels. In a word – otherworldly.


    1. I had to look up Simon Hantai as I hadn’t heard of him before. What a fascinating technique, it has a lot of similarities to what I am doing but almost in reverse, as he paints the crumples. I love what I have seen of his work and will explore him further. It is the random surprises that capture me too! Thanks Rosie.

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  4. Anna, they look like a very organic pods taking me from this world to another world. The details are amazing and look like they are from another world. I would love to observe you as you create these beauties.


    1. Spacecraft – yes! That’s a nice idea Cathe, they do have an unearthly feel. It wouldn’t be too exciting seeing me work on these, its generally quite slow! I tend to work one area, then step away to let more ideas consolidate, then come back in again. But it is quite mesmerising for me too!


  5. Just incredible Anna . Entering the world of your fantastical art is one of the best imagination workouts I can think of 🙂


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