Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Escher Cheekbones and Heinous Seepage

I’ve kind of finished the infernal dragon. That’s that out the way.

(Click on any of today’s image for a larger version on Flickr. And you could even leave a comment there if you like. But if push comes to shove, I prefer comments here on blogger.)

In the last stages of this mixed media monstrosity, I used a lot of white lines with a thin brush and this stuff called liquid paper. I wrote a little note that said ‘white lines connected to my mind’. I could feel this an exciting little development that I will carry forward to the pictures wot I care about that have both grappling and nature in them.

I don’t normally do this, but here’s the photoshop mock-up that I used as the basis for the dragon painting, and liberties have been taken with perspective and picture fragments. It’s not much of thing in itself, but it kind of signals a little bit where I want to go with my next paintings, a more playful and hands-on approach to pictorial space.

I had been neglecting my other duties to do that. My last week’s wrestler mushes were sitting there begging to be more understood and stuff. Begging to be taken to the extremes of draftswomanship!

Biro frenzy! Unfortunately it seems that biro tends to seep through even the most opaque applications of acrylic paint. Bum bums! Does anyone know of some kind of biro-esque wonderpen that would refrain from such heinous seepage?

Now in the more recent two bottom drawings above, I used some of the information from the biro frenzy ones but tried to filter a bit of likeness back in. Particularly in Randy’s face I began to think about Escher, about getting some optical mischief in there with the wonky cheekbone adventures. I’ve seen some technically spectacular caricatures that are immaculately constructed, and look like Spitting Image puppets, but part of me thinks… why do it like that, when drawing on a 2D plane gives you so much more freedom, freedom to indulge in a play between illusionism and pure linear kicks. I think the bottom two would almost be more suited to being cleaned up like proper cartoon characters and have the shading and the scribbling beaten out of them. Also I would add that I was trying to make Randy a little bit more smug and bastardy, like he is, and that Kurt has got a bit crude and ugly here. He has features that lend themselves to just getting massive. So I still have work to do.

My latest grey blog is entitled birds do not require punk spirit to experience the urgency of life
, you could read it if you want to boogie some more with my thoughts.


Gabriel said...

Waaa, that dragon turned out great!! What is the size of the painting anyway?
I really like the wrestlers but I'm not sure what a biro is.
Hm, my comments here are getting too similar to each other, I think I'll follow that link to your other blog and feed my brain.

Chloe Cumming said...

Hi Gabriel,

A biro is a cheap bic ballpoint pen basically.

Actually this week's wrestlers are a transitional excercise I think, they aren't my best boys but they do demonstrate my enthusiasm.

John T said...

I love the wrestler's faces. The bottom two are really starting to show that illusion of 3d space which can bring a drawing to life, not fooling the eye, but playing with it; interfacing with the inate visual language of the human brain. :)

It's a face like a clenched fist!

Marc Deckter said...

Great post!

The "mixed media monstrosity" is a great success and the most recent biro wrestlers are my favorites of your WWE themed caricatures so far.

Please keep going with this "why do it like that, when drawing on a 2D plane gives you so much more freedom, freedom to indulge in a play between illusionism and pure linear kicks" concept - I totally agree, these caricatures don't need to translate into physical puppets.

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

For some reason, I find your drawings are all very disturbing.

By no means am I saying that it's a bad thing, I'm just saying that your art, the weird caricatures and paintings too, have an unsettling spookiness to them. Is this intentional...?

Anyway, amazing jealousy-inspiring stuff, Miss Chloe.

~Josh "You don't know me" Heisie

PS: Would you be so kind as to check out my latest drawring and give your expert opinion? That goes for anyone else out there too!

Chloe Cumming said...

Hi Josh,


I never exactly intend for them to be disturbing.

I think it might just be that I'm quite intense about what I do, I want them to be an experience for you.

Maybe my perfectionism comes across unsettling. I don't know. It's hard to make a humble drawing have a real impact, especially when it's reduced to yet another image on a screen.

This is an interesting line of thought, I might need to make a blog entry out of this. Thanks Josh!

Marc, thanks for noticing that line about the illusionism and the linear kicks. It felt like a crucial thought. It kind of relates not quite directly to the cartoon theories that John K has been helping us out with, construction and line of action... they're like NEARLY contradictory ideas that both need to be accommodated to make a cartoon that's both convincing and dynamic. It's always good to have some mental friction happening.

ryan said...

WOW! your drawings and paintings are really crazy. very nice work

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