Chrissie

Chrissy Amphlett, hand drawn on iPad. It would’ve been easier to recolour a photo as I did with the Marilyn pics last night, but the last thing I want is to lose my drawing skills. With drawing…you have to use it or lose it……everyday.

Animated Fine Art Drawings?

Above: a very basic animation based on my drawing, Waiting for the Water Taxi

I spent a few hours last night, playing around in PhotoShop… and discovered how to create a very rudimentary animation from one of my recent drawings. This animated gif only has 7 frames, hence the jittery movement. I’d have to spend a lot more time and create many more frames, with a progression of very subtle differences from first to last, in order to create a more convincing final product.

 

Above: an animation I created in 2011 from 5 separate charcoal drawings.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this as yet, but I do very much love the idea of bringing my drawings to life with motion.

 

 

 

A graphite drawing that breathes

Last night as I was falling asleep.. I imagined a large graphite drawing lying flat on a table. It was a drawing of a woman… very dark, heavily laden with graphite. I bent down and looked across the smooth surface of the paper and saw an area in the centre that was slowly.. almost imperceptibly.. rising and falling… Was it my own breath causing it to move? I stood up and held it out in front of me. It was definitely moving on its own.. and I said out loud, “A drawing that breathes.” Then I fell asleep.

I leapt out of bed this morning, a thousand things on my mind… did some laundry, a bit of tidying up. At 9am I walked down to the small cafe at the marina for a coffee. I was going to bring it home and drink it at my desk, but the sound of the water lapping at the jetty steps was so inviting, I perched myself on the retaining wall, sipped my coffee and listened to the small waves coming in and out. I felt the cool morning air on my face and the scalding hot coffee in my mouth and all the while the water kept moving in and out…in and out.. and I realised I was breathing in time…

Breath is a nice word, I thought…. so soft… Breath, soft as air.. barely there, but still..

I caught myself. Can I not enjoy 5 minutes of peace without writing poems in my head?

There was something important I was missing. I thought, “Tell me water. I know you know.” Its something about the word ‘breathing’, isn’t it? No. Breath? No. BREATHES! That’s it… A DRAWING THAT BREATHES… and then I remembered the dream … a message from my unconscious. I need to figure out a way of creating a drawing that breathes.

Nocturnes – Drawing the Dancing Light

Those of you who have followed my work for some time, have probably noticed my drawings have become increasingly dark this year. I’d like to let you know that these very dark drawings do not signify depression and nor are they about “discovering our inner darkness” as a friend suggested earlier this week. Quite the opposite. What I have been doing is observing.. that even in a dimly lit room or outdoors at night, if you take some time to allow your eyes to adjust.. you begin to see that there IS still light.. and you begin to see where its falling, where its dancing… how it caresses skin and smooths turbulent waters.

That’s how I like to spend my time alone… searching for every nuance of light and shade.. and drawing is my way of sharing those observations with you.

nocturne

noun: nocturne; plural noun: nocturnes

  1. Music – a short composition of a romantic nature, typically for piano.
  2. Art – a picture of a night scene.

Nocturnes (drawing the dancing light)

Those of you who have followed my work for some time, have probably noticed my drawings have become increasingly dark this year. I’d like to let you know that these very dark drawings do not signify depression and nor are they about “discovering our inner darkness” as a friend suggested earlier this week. Quite the opposite. What I have been doing is observing.. that even in a dimly lit room or outdoors at night, if you take some time to allow your eyes to adjust.. you begin to see that there IS still light.. and you begin to see where its falling, where its dancing… how it caresses skin and smooths turbulent waters.

That’s how I like to spend my time alone… searching for every nuance of light and shade.. and drawing is my way of sharing those observations with you.

nocturne

noun: nocturne; plural noun: nocturnes

  1. Music – a short composition of a romantic nature, typically for piano
  2. Art – a picture of a night scene

My Line – collaborative work

 

My Line – a collaborative project coordinated by Annette Simpson. 63 collaborators, including myself, contributed mixed media drawings which were positioned and hung as one composition at the New Tracks exhibition, Salerno Gallery, Sydney 11-22 Sept 2012.

Click to view larger. Can you tell which drawing is mine?

I Saw The Sines 2

I Saw the Sines 3

Digital art created in PhotoShop. In mathematics, the sine function is a function of an angle. In a right triangle, sine gives the ratio of the length of the side opposite to an angle to the length of the hypotenuse.