LINE, FORM, Henry Moore & Procreate

I have long been interested in the relationship between line and form and so too was the British sculptor Henry Moore, who was the inspiration behind the following series of drawings.

In an attempt to make my forms look a little more convincing I normally add some element of shading and when working in charcoal this is easily be achieved by first placing the charcoal on its side and roughly blocking in the areas of tone. Next I  work back into the charcoal and smear it around either with my finger, a smudging stick, known as a tortillon, or with a paper tissue. You can almost get a photographic effect with patience and a couple of smudging sticks. My favourite is made from a very tightly rolled piece of suede. However, tone can be described with LINE only and Henry Moore did this with a series of undulating lines used to describe the sections of each form. This “BRACELET shadowing” adds character to the drawing at the same time as creating an emphasis on the spatial elements.

The imaginary drawing below was made as a very quick demonstration of how Henry Moore depicted FORM with line rather than tone.In addition, he often used a technique known as wax resist, which exploits the fact that oil and water don’t mix. The drawing below was mapped out in charcoal first, then I used white oil pastel to describe how the forms flowed from one to another. This was accentuated by adding more dark lines with a number 6 sable brush using watered down Parkers Quink Ink, which is water soluble and great to draw with because once dry you can add a wash of pure water to soften the tones. The marks made with a flexible brush are more expressive too !

IMG_0784“Conversation Piece” Charcoal, Oil Pastel, Crayon, Parkers Quink Ink. © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

IMG_0787“Abstraction : Bisected Form” Charcoal, Oil Pastel, Crayon, Chalk Pastels, Conte Pencil, Parkers Quink Ink. © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

In common with many of his contemporaries, Moore experimented with abstraction and the above is based on one of his sculptures. Here we see the reclining figure distorted and split in two.

IMG_0786“Behind the Sheet” Form abstracted, softened and blurred by thin (backlit) sheet. Chalk and Charcoal on grey Sugar Paper. © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

The second term of my EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP explores FORM and  the draped model. I particularly like experimenting with different materials to WRAP the model in or to conceal or distort the pose.

IMG_0805“Flying Dutchman : Girl Wrapped in Spinnaker” Charcoal, Candle, Parkers Quink Ink © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

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“Wrapped Madona” Charcoal, Candle, Taylors Chalk, Oil Pastel & Parkers Quink Ink. © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

IMG_0905“Girl with Spinnaker” Charcoal, Candle, Parkers Quink Ink © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

IMG_0906“Two’s Company : Girl Wrapped in Spinnaker” Charcoal, Candle, Parkers Quink Ink © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

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“Contemplation : Girl Lying on Spinnaker” Candle, Taylors Chalk, Oil Pastel and Parkers Quink Ink. © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

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“Extrapolation” Candle, Taylors Chalk, Crayons,Tea, Parkers Quink Ink © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

Here’s a more abstract piece, where I concentrated on the 3D components of the pose rather than the pose itself .It features a collection of cylinders that bare a resemblance to a popular childrens toy in the UK, known as “The Slinky”, which was a giant steel spring that when toppled forward it would climb down the stairs !

In common with many of my drawings the above is a composite of several poses.

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“Extrapolation 2 : a digital diversion” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

 

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“Extrapolation 3 : a digital diversion” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

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“Extrapolation 4 : a digital diversion” © http://www.chriswoodartist.com all rights reserved 2014

all digital work was created from original drawings, photographed by ipad and manipulated using Procreate app.

 

About chriswoodartist

painter, print-maker and illustrator

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