Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Mark making tonal studies


Tonal studies ©2011 Lisa Le Quelenec

The above charcoal and chalk drawings are all around A4ish in size on white pastel paper that I had lurking in a drawer. My aim was to concentrate on mark making and as you can see I was still relying on blended graduations a lot. The top left is an idea that I've been playing with lately, depicting clouds in wet sand at the waters edge with the pebbles and their reflections that the sea has thrown up. The third one down where I've tried to show a heavy rain was probably the one that I enjoyed doing the most and from a mark making perspective is the most successful.

I found it very liberating not thinking at all about colour and now want to try some larger scale studies. This time around though I want to rely less on graduations, it's a hard habit to break and although it is part of my 'handwriting' I think it would be good to stretch myself more. How do you stretch yourself and push your work forward?


WILLIE........! said...

Oh! Wow...Yes....Love these.
Don't know which to choose as best...
And, l always think a photo/picture, in black/white, looks far, far better than in colour. AND, even better in Sepia...!
Love those old early 1900's photos, in Sepia. Still have one of my grandfather, in Sicily, Who lived till he was 106.
These are very good Lisa, very good...!

Roger Dell Seddon said...

You have been busy. These tonal drawings are very descriptive, powerful and evocative. I especially like the third one with the added interest of the waterside reeds. It would be exciting to use it as a removed grisaille and as the basis for a tonal acrylic and pastel. Lovely work.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Willie, thank you. I agree those old photos are beautiful. Even the more formal portrait type have a lovely softness to them.

Thank you Roger. I've used pastel with watercolour but I've not used acrylic and pastel together before. I'm guessing that the acrylic would need to be fairly thin washes where the pastel is to go and it would need quite a toothy surface? I'll have to give it a try.