The blot series – no.2


The second in the series of eight drawings based on blots is completed (I think – there is always room for a bit more work …). This one has much more colour than the first (see here) in the series, and that one had more than the large piece that I called Evolution (see here). I’m not sure why this is, maybe there was more colour suggested in the original blots, or maybe I am getting more confident in applying colour. I am finding that I can get more intense darks with coloured pencil than graphite, but for precision there is nothing to compete with a very sharp clutch pencil lead.

This one has more substance to it, less of the fragile, insubstantial marks. The imagery is more like folded fabrics, although there is still the sense of floating and drifting.


This is what I began with, the Liquid Pencil blots on the paper. I remove some of the heavier encrustations of the paste as I can’t draw through it, but otherwise I simply work with what has appeared on the paper.

These are details from the complete work. In some ways I like the intensity of the details best, but I will wait till I have completed the set before deciding if I am going to cut them up and possibly make them into 3D objects.

I used Liquid Pencil for the blots and Caran d’Ache Luminance and Pablo pencils for the colour, and a 2mm 2B clutch pencil for the graphite, on Magnani Corona paper, 25 x 35 cm.

Author: anna warren portfolio

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

20 thoughts

  1. I think they may be portals to another universe. Always so organic and unique. The addition of color really brings them to life, giving them dimension. So interesting to see how they transform.


  2. What clever transformations. My immediate impression was of brain cells.

    In high school I took an introductory Russian course, so when I later encountered Caran d’Ache I recognized it as a French transliteration of the Russian word карандаш (karandash), which means ‘pencil’. I see now from Wikipedia that “The Fabrique genevoise de crayons was founded in Geneva in 1915 when Arnold Schweitzer purchased the Ecridor Pencil Factory. In 1924, Arnold Schweitzer named his new company after Caran d’Ache, the nickname of the French satiric political cartoonist Emmanuel Poiré (who in turn took his name from карандаш (karandash), the Russian word for pencil).”


    1. Wow that is fascinating! I had no idea that the Caran d’Ache name had so much history behind it. Knowing this somehow gives the pencils more gravity. I have many different brands, but the Caran d’Ache are the ones I turn to most. And yes, I agree there is a sense of brain cells or neurons there. Thanks Steve!


  3. These are very beautiful Anna. They remind me of insects and at the same time are detailed abstract forms that have just landed on your paper. Thanks to you I have just purchased liguid pencil, which I have never worked with and can’t wait to try.


    1. I hope you have fun with the Liquid Pencil Nancy – it is strange stuff, and it’s worth trying it on all different supports. I don’t particularly like using it in the way that is intended, ie painting to get a graphite result, but just use your imagination with it and you will get all sorts of interesting results! So pleased you are enjoying the drawings!


  4. These are mysterious, fantastical, and evolving…love them! So very beautiful, they sing a song of color and shape uniquely their own. Thank you for sharing looking forward to seeing where the journey leads.


  5. I love the addition of colour Anna, it gives the work more vibrancy and depth. I get the brain neurones and galaxy images very strongly too when looking at them. Could it be the galaxies within our own minds. (Pretty deep for early morning musings) Blots seems such a ‘splat’ type of word for such airy and delicate creations, but I also enjoy the juxtaposition of it too. Great work Anna, looking forward to the blot development. Karen


    1. Any time is good for mystical musings! A lady on Facebook said this one made her think of her mother who had Alzheimers … I took it in the spirit it was intended, and I agree there is both a sense of brain activity and distant galaxies. I keep coming up short at the word ‘blot’ too, and am wondering if there is something a little gentler. Its what I started with, and has stuck. Maybe a new word will come as the series develops. I’m so glad you are enjoying it! Thanks Karen.

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