The idea was to try and smear charcoal to blur like the view through the cocktail glass. Unfortunately it didn’t really smear well and then I added some loose charcoal powder which stuck in the damp glue and gave some interesting detail when I tried to smear it, but not the blurry smear I was after.
So this technique might be useful in drawing for creating a rough texture but it didn’t work for this image. Possibly using a rewettable medium and then smearing water over it might work.
Incidentally don’t iron paper with damp glue even using a protective cloth. You can see the resultant delamination of the paper above.
And then I go to the Hilary Ellis link, and I see that like John Franzen, Hilary Ellis also builds on each line imperfectly to create a work. Although the detail view shows this to be stitch, it could equally well be drawing.
This is my interpretation of the towel close up. A fine grid centered with a loop. In order to create tone I have not included the loops in all boxes. I got to this by thinking about the multiple small lines in the work of Alex Chambers, but along the way I remembered John Franzen and I know this influenced the grid. He creates wonderful drawings made up of multiple vertical lines, each one feeding of the imperfections of the line before. It’s like a meditative process by which he imbues his drawings with his feelings and emotions, as well as bigger concepts related to the cosmos and infinity.
I’m just doing thumbnails to start with, to see what works and then I’ll move on to bigger works. My small drawing looks clunky, but I wonder how it would look on a much bigger scale. Other things to consider are that although the paper is light it is not white. I think that the bright towel would be better reflected with a clean white background.
It is not titled on his site but I can see that the size is roughly 1m by 70 cm or something like that, of which this is a detail of about a quarter of the work. It’s a bit difficult to see in the photo but it is comprised of straight lines creating geometric shapes. The lines are alternatively closer or further apart creating areas of increased density of line and therefore tone, creating a textural surface.