|Gesso & sprays|
Then I added gesso through a stencil to make a resist and sprayed on some Dr Ph. Martin Bombay inks. They're permanent (I add them to my own spray bottles as the come in a bottle with a dropper) so don't reactivate with new layers. I was still thinking about painting on top of this and only wanted the doodle to come through, not the background colour. I left the piece to sit at this point and went off to make a to do list.
This is my pencil sketch. I really like it but there is lots of competing texture/colour that makes it difficult to see some parts of the drawing.
I decided that now would be a good time to experiment for the first time with cross hatching shading with a pen. And here's my finished piece.
I'm going to send a print of it to my Dad and I think he'll love it but the best thing is that I learnt new and wonderful things about his face. Things that, despite knowing him for 45 years, I didn't know before. Lines for laughter, the shape of his eyes, what his ears are like. And by drawing him I am honouring him and his wonderful self. This is why I want to be able to make art. To honour people, objects, ideas and imaginings. What about you?