Drawings on Mylar film

first studies on mylar

first studies on mylar

The above drawings are on mylar film, a frosted translucent plastic material.  I began these drawings this winter after showing monoprints with chine colle that included maps in the shape of my handprint .  After getting some critical feedback about those prints, I decided instead of using  found maps and decorative papers in my work that I would create my own maps/charts/plans.  I chose mylar film because it is translucent so I could overlap my drawings to give them depth.  I have used black sumi ink, pencil, fine black Pigma pens, white pencil, and gouache.  Some of the marks have come from tracings (pencil drawings on tracing paper) I have prepared for other projects.  These six are 11″ X 11″.  I like the square format as I can turn each sheet to find the best orientation.

increasing the scale

increasing the scale

I love maps.  I grew up with them; studying them, referencing them, being surrounded by them.  My Dad is a land surveyor so he was always referring to maps, field notes, plans, etc.  It was suggested that I try working on a larger scale so this drawing is larger, about 28″ X 34″.  Again I have used the same mediums – ink, pencil, gouache.  These are not pre-planned, I have intuitively chosen to make grid-like marks and other linework from my collected tracings as I move forward.  So far these are ambiguous drawings.  I have resisted adding any text which is tricky after working as a calligrapher for so long!

Preliminary Developement Plan #1

Preliminary Developement
Plan #1

 

Preliminary  Development  Plan #2

Preliminary
Development
Plan #2

Preliminary  Development  Plan #3

Preliminary
Development
Plan #3

 

The above three drawings are finished works 7-1/4″ X 7-1/4″ unframed.  I framed them with a wide deep red matt and black wooden frame.  They are currently on show at Gallery 1580 in Victoria until May 31.  These are best viewed close up and in person.  I have many more hanging in my studio space at the Gallery so you can see them when you come by!

me in the studio!

me in the studio!

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