Is it possible to create something and really have no idea why you created it? Something that was quite spontaneous? Well, this is that something!
Lately, I’ve been working in my large 18 by 24 drawing pad just to see what I can come up with. I do not really draw as much as I would like so these past few months I’ve been experimenting with that. For this drawing specifically, I aimlessly drew a bunch of wavy, organic lines. I kept going until I felt I got to a good point, a point in which seemed balanced to me. Of course, I did add lines along the way to fill in any spots that felt empty.
Next, I chose my medium. At first I wanted to use paint but experimented with it first because I was not sure if that was the look I was really going for. I was glad I tested it out first because I did not like it, it was not the look I wanted. To me, it looked very flat. I sat for a little and decided what I could use next and I thought to myself “colored pencils, maybe?” I knew I wanted some sort of color blending to take place and then remembered I had my watercolor colored pencils, which are these colored pencils I acquired that transform into watercolor when you brush water over the colored area. I experimented with them a few times so I knew their capability. I arranged the pencils on the floor and paired up the colors I wanted to blend together. The first two pairs I had was blue and purple and blue and green. For some reason those are my go to colors to pair with one another. There is something so pleasing when I see them together. I also decided sharpie would be playing a role as well. I wanted to black out some areas to separate the color pairs from one another in order for them to stand out. I also experimented with some glitter crayons I had, so a few of those colored patches are crayon. I wanted to see how it would look and add a different element to the piece.
I started on the left side of the drawing pad and made my way over to the right. I would color a good amount in and then brush the water over so I could see the effect it would have. I was instantly pleased!
I can honestly say I am not sure why I created this, it sort of just happened. As mentioned I was aimlessly drawing these wavy, organic lines and simply went on from there. I would definitely say I am happy with the piece, it is a good project I gave myself. I would consider it an experimental piece, I had no intentions really but to see what would happen, what I could create.
Overall, I do admire the fact I did step out of my usual creating comfort zone especially with the colors. I rarely ever use as much color especially all at once but I feel it worked out nicely. This is something I definitely want to attempt again. Looking at the piece I am very pleased yet feel I can push it a little more and touch upon some areas. Looking at the piece now with fresher eyes, I feel I favor the left side over the right side because of the more traveled line I have, they are not as short and create more of a path. That is something I want to keep throughout the whole piece next time!