Continuing along the path I have been following over the last few months, I decided to go big with this drawing, 94 x 63 cm.
The support I am using is not really paper as we normally know it, it is Yupo, a synthetic paper often used in commercial printing. It is a polypropylene, with a super smooth, almost shiny surface and is very different to work on from normal watercolour paper. For many purposes it is not usable at all – being a plastic, paint sits on the surface, and although it will eventually dry, some paints will then flake off. I make use of these qualities, using as my base imagery Liquid Pencil, which is a paste of graphite with a little colour added. It can be mixed with water, then painted on to the surface, where it pools and granulates and then settles. Once it is dry, I can start working into it with coloured pencils. I use Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils – being wax based they will glide on to the Yupo and the colour will be bright and rich. They are expensive, but the lightfastness is very good, and they are always consistent in colour and texture.
The inspiration behind this image is once again plant life, but not a specific plant, more the essence of ones that I have seen on my travels. The initial marks are loose, then are developed with the coloured pencils. The result becomes something unearthly, a bit menacing, perhaps the kind of plants that may be coming our way at some stage in the distant future.
The temporary title for this is ‘Triffid’ but that won’t stay – the final title will probably be a little less derivative and maybe more obscure. Suggestions welcomed!