Joy and Loss drawing:

Another part of my work was to focus on the emotions I felt when visiting my chosen place of landscape. I was keen to visualise these emotions with a use of mark making techniques. These marks would then be included in my drawing to portray my emotions. After a discussion with my tutor I realised two main emotions that I felt, which were actually very contrasting; joy and loss. I decided to engulf myself with each of these emotions to inform a gestural response that could be visualised and made into marks.
The first emotion I completed was joy. I found myself really moving with the tools I was using to draw and developing a sense of ‘dance’ in my drawing. Looking at the marks I created and of which I reflected on whilst conducting this piece, I started to notice fluidity and circular gestures. My marks were a mix of dark, broad, light, faint, circular, straight, spiralled etc. I took notes as I completed the drawing, noticing that my lines were: free, looses, uncontrolled, extended, loud, sure, busy, active, strong, consistent.
My Loss drawing was a lot more morbid and lacked the movement and fluidity which the joy drawing possessed. I reflecting on the outcome it seems that the marks are a lot more consumed within each other. There is no real separation of each line and blurs into one. The drawing lacks varied angles and curves in its line and is rather vertical in its visual appearance. For this drawing I adopted ideas from Tress’ work and manipulated the surface of my drawing, creating a hole in the picture. I liked this physical idea of disturbing the surface and wondered (and still wonder) how I could incorporate this into further drawings. My thoughts whilst completing this piece – anger, frustration, loneliness, lost, longing, emptiness, sadness, soft, weak, linear, tears, no feeling at all
which could be the subject of erasure. Mehretu uses erasure a lot in her work.
I will be using what I have learnt from these drawings and using the marks in further works to create the emotions of Loss and joy.

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