Several years ago I made a large drawing based on broken shells that had been picked up from beaches all around Australia. The basic shapes of the shells were exaggerated and developed into imagery that was still essentially shells, yet not physically accurate.
This new drawing had its origins in that previous drawing, but with the forms taken further into abstract fantasy forms, with the shapes looking now more jewelled and malleable. The colours I have used were chosen more because they seemed right for the forms, than for any attempt to depict reality. I feel they are more like insects or underwater creatures than shells in their new form.
Both drawings were done in coloured pencil, but the new one was on a base sketch of Liquid Pencil (a paste of graphite that can be applied with a paintbrush) on yupo, a synthetic paper that I am using in most of my drawings at the moment, and then with coloured pencil worked into it.
They are roughly the same size – the new drawing is 42 x 64 cm.