The Octoparty

This is my latest drawing, another silhouette. I drew a couple of silhouette-type compositions a couple of years back for my ’72 Fairies’ calendar, and found them a bit difficult to get started with, but an interesting idea that I always meant to get back to (and it did help that out of that collection of drawings and paintings those ones were the ones that sold first). So, here I am having another go. I still find this an interesting compositional challenge that in some ways is actually trickier, and just as time-consuming, as working out a composition for an actual painting. Though of course the final ‘colouring in’ stage is quicker…

This is an Octoparty.

Octoparty - scan of the drawing
Octoparty – scan of the drawing

It was done in pencil, which is not pure black of course, and when I made a high resolution scan of it I darkened the black to almost pure black and printed a copy, just to see how it came out. Slightly to my surprise the result was so much more dramatic when printed like that rather than ‘pencil coloured’ that I am printing them like the one below when I put them up for sale, which I can’t help thinking is being somehow unfaithful to my original drawing… but then the drawing works because it is a pencil drawing and you can see the texture and shine of the actual pencil, a digital print is not a pencil drawing, it’s just a picture of pencil.

Prints are for sale here, on Etsy….

Octoparty - almost pure black and white print
Octoparty – almost pure black and white print

A few close-ups below…

Octoparty - close-up 1
Octoparty – close-up 1
Octoparty - close-up 2
Octoparty – close-up 2
Octoparty - close-up 3
Octoparty – close-up 3
Octoparty - close-up 4
Octoparty – close-up 4
Octoparty - close-up 5
Octoparty – close-up 5

5 Comments

  1. Your work is so witty and accomplished

    1. Awww! thank you Rosie!! 🙂

  2. If I say “barking” I mean it in a good way.
    I just read Rosie’s more elegant comment. Yeah. What she said.

    1. Thank you, I take ‘barking’ as a compliment too! 🙂

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