"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Bone Drawings: Beautiful Labyrinth, Something of the Rabbit, Lucy’s Skull and a Tiny Corset.

I have spent a very happy week drawing bones for Beautiful Beasts. After sketching and printmaking it’s great to sit down for some concentrated observation. I started off with sketches and then looked for some particular aspect of the bone that appealed to me.

Here are the drawings. For more explanations and photos etc click on the titles to go to the Beautiful Beasts blog posts.  

Under the Skin 2: The Beautiful Labyrinth….

A long bone I found near the reservoir. At one end there is glimpse of the interior structure. That’s what I liked

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A4 Sketchbook: pencil.

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The whole bone: pencil

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Detail of above… the part I liked

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Pencil study of the beautiful labyrinthine structure. I could have gone on for days …

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Under the Skin 3 : Something of the Rabbit about it

A curious thing, I now know to be a rabbit’s jawbone.

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Pencil with a stray piece of dry grass.

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Watercolour study

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Drybrush  watercolour study

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Under the Skin 4 : Lucy’s Skull and the Tiny Corset

The lovely muntjac skull that my friend Lucy gave me.

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A4 Sketchbook

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Watercolour Study

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Gouache study

The Tiny Corset

The last bone. It’s a small upturned skull which was casting a long eloquent shadow, or it’s a tiny corset for a fairy, whichever you prefer.

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Pencil:  4 x 2 inches.

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Footbone note : The reproduction of pencil work has always been problematic. It still is. Scanning tends to reflect the shiny dark pencil and lightens the image. It  becomes a poor thing in relation to its original, with many mid and light tones missing. It’s fine as a record but when I see fine pencil work on the internet I can appreciate just how good the original must be.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Val, I've been lurking on your block since 2008, when I started studying bot.art, and am finally moved to comment by your exquisite study of the detail of the bone structure. Although I struggle with watercolour, my real love is graphite. Thanks so much for the pleasure this work gives me. franinoz

sharp green pencil said...

Hi there. I am so glad you commented! I have to admire your staying power:). I so agree. graphite has such possibilities. Its so very expressive and can be slow and meditative or quick and dynamic. I loved those early days of the blog with those simple pencil drawings. Thanks so much for staying with me!