Swan Suite

Swans show up in my visual journal, possibly because of all the English and Irish fairytales my parents read to me as a girl.  Most stories deal with a human to swan transformations. I’m interested in wild animals making their way back to their homes, and reacquainting themselves with a domestic life. I imagine it would be like purgatory, and a bit unsettling to witness animals as sentient as humans.

I’ve thumbnailed these daydreams, and I’m in the process of developing some as illustrations.

tub trickle gold through window thirst swimming submarine storm spiralstair snoozing slice clouds shroud ripples reflection reach overhead negative space neck muybridge monotype mail ink2 ink domestic dollhouse depressed cloud travel centrifigal cameo boat around neck

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Enhanced Ghost Print

Image

I’ve never really attempted this style or method before.
1) Sketch on site with a bic pen. Took some photo references.
2) Create monotype using sketch as guide (using a plexiglass matrix)
3) Pull prints, including the residue ghost print
4) Redraw image using sketches and references, again using a bic pen.
The thing with redrawing is that sometimes whatever spontaneity you got from the sketch or monotype gets lost. I think that happened here because this feels a little stiff, but, I think the faces are more accurate. I made a GOOD monotype once as a gift for a friend, but his nose was too big. It ruined the other 3.5 square footage of drawing.

 

Practice

I can still draw things that don’t move, but anything moving faster than erosion or tectonic shifts is challenging.  Children and dogs are my most challenging, and that’s what I need to practice.  Ok friends with babies; I’m coming with my sketchbook!photo

Jones Beach Admin Building; where I purchased my Empire Pass.