Tuesday, March 28, 2006

There's the rub...

These are two self portraits done the same summer as the previous posting, before I left for a year long trip to Florence.

I'm pretty sure I created the background texture in this first one by making a rubbing from the sidewalk in front of our house in Oshawa. Obviously, I was influenced by the drawings of Edvard Munch...

The' explosion' from the top of my head is actually a rubbing from a silver serving tray found in my parents' kitchen. If you look closely you can see the image of a tulip.

Both drawings are done with conte in a sketchbook. Posted by John.

6 comments:

Alina Chau said...

These are very nice drawings!! Love the idea using sidewalk to create texture! It works very well with the style of the drawings!!

Carlos V. said...

Great idea for the texture, really interesting. I feel it automaticaly add a more personal feeling to the piece.

martin wittig said...

That's pretty coooooool! I also agree with these guys about the texture, But i love the that huge Blotch above your head in the second one! It definitely creates an interesting composition!:)

lorraine_alvarez said...

Interesting work you have here. I like the idea of getting textures off real life objects...cool.

Michael said...

Yeah, and I put in another vote for the texture rubs. Great way to bring in the history and flavors of a real place. Great stuff, John!

the doodlers said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind words about these drawings. I'm glad you like them! JVB