One of the reasons I enjoy poetry is because it comprises all of my favorite ways of making. It’s creating images with words, yes; a kind of storytelling. But it’s about so muchmore than just the correct or precise words —more than denotation or connotation— it’s also about design.
It’s about how the words interact with the space around them; make a composition, make aural and visual rhythms; remainders as important as omissions.
As in any kind of composition, the negative space is crucial.
Here is the latest in my “Don’t See Don’t Speak” (or the Red Hand of Shut It) series— something more topical in response to the tragic and avoidable events of last week. Please feel free to share this widely and repost (as is).
Below are some progress scans of the pencilling. One again, I forgot to do process while painting.
Layers of pencil beginning with HB and working up to 2B then 4B (softer, darker shades from the medium grey HB) using woodless pencils and workable fixative in between to avoid smudges and to compound the layers. Same basic technique with the watercolor.
A couple of drawings from the new Moleskine. My last book took three months to fill, which is rather long. I’d like to put in more consistent drawing hours this time.
Aaaaaand, I’m putting this photo here to show you how a print of the first in my Red Hand series looks in a frame (super!), and to serve as a shameless plug to remind you that you can buy both original artworks and prints at my Etsy shop.