|The Human Stain I|
Charles went at the issue by showing us slides of artists who have different sets of values when they make their art. Charles described his own training and compared that with other artists and how that context can be a lens through which to look at their work.
At the Royal Academy, Charles was taught to draw tonally. Our first exercise was to use only tone (no lines at all) to hone our perception of two or three ping pong balls on a surface. My surface was a folded paper box on top of a stand. We had quite a long time, about 45 minutes, for this. I was working in an A4 sketchbook. I masked the edges and worked right up to them. Although I was told not to focus on the composition I just couldn't help myself! This was not meant to be expressive. It was meant to be objective. Of course I was most interested in the expressive moments but I worked to refine and reassess the shapes. I love working tonally. I find it almost therapeutic.
|tonal drawing - no line|
|The Human Stain II - A1|