I live for the moment when 3d form emerges on 2d paper, and especially when I’m not expecting it. When I’m drawing contour lines with my pen, they flow close together and meander apart making hills and valleys where they please. If I add graphite or more ink to accentuate those lines, and if I get it right, it’s 3d show time.
I used ink to create the shell textures here, and graphite to create their very smooth inner surfaces. I like the look of this so much that I’m going to do it again in my next drawing. The background of this drawing, however, sucks. I decided to put “coral” behind the shells so they would look as if they had a “scaffolding” to help them stay “stacked.” I do these makes-sense-at-the-moment things to my drawings all the time, often taking them from a good job to uh oh at warp speed.
The Next Drawing
Here’s the drawing I’m working on now. Six shells, four down, and two up with inner surfaces showing. I already like this one so much that I don’t want to work on it for fear another makes- sense-at-the-moment moment might sneak up on me.
Art’s plan for me, though, is that I remount the high dive right after the belly flop, not knowing if I’m going to smack the water again, or dive like an otter. You’d think I’d be used to that by now, wouldn’t ya.