Friday, July 11, 2008

in a moment, in a single moment

I'm calling this one done. When I started this drawing, and posting it step by step, I said that I had no idea where it was going. I must admit that was not completely true. I actually believed that what I was doing was taking THIS 'air mail' drawing out of my sketchbook and reworking it onto paper. So throughout, as I was laying down the layers of blue ballpoint, in the back of my mind I was expecting to make the final post the one where I'd change the whole mood of the drawing by adding the red. However, the drawing had a mind of it's own and took me somewhere else completely.

I can't tell you how much I love that. How a drawing, or creative practice in general, makes you the passenger on a journey. I've been wondering at what point this one changed direction, from the original idea. Where it turned down a side street. It could have been the slight turquoise-y colour of one of the ballpoints that changed things. It could have been the mood I was in or the music I was listening to. It could have been the calling card that came through the door or the hair band I found. Of course, it was all those things.

I don't know how I feel about the finished piece. I think it's over worked. I'm really annoyed about the shade of blue that I made the shadow in the bottom right hand corner. But hell, right now I want to post it and move on to the next one. 'Cause right now it's telling me it's done. Finished. Finito.

(I also promise I've finished with the Paul Weller references. Now where's that Joni lyric book....)

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40 Comments:

Blogger sosser said...

i love that journey, too. thanks for taking us along on yours. the drawings are beautiful!

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Lexy said...

oh wow, there's so much work in this!!
I love how you can keep spotting an extra little detail in there, and I loved seeing the progression. You've got me motivated!!
How's your hand?!

12:26 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Thanks for posting this in all its stages! Wonderful to see the progression and to read how you allow for the drawing to happen. Beautiful drawing!

1:01 AM  
Blogger Donn said...

I think you did pretty good, Andrea. Like the composition and the colored pencil. Thanks for the step by step along the way.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I love step by steps and it is even more fun when there is a surprise ending-the mood and the texture of this piece is wonderful

2:06 AM  
Blogger seesue said...

Andrea, our go-to girl for the details. You are unBEATable!

2:06 AM  
Blogger SCquiltaddict said...

this is very cool, NO wait its fascinating...all the plethora of details...so very well done too...bytw whats a biro? ball point pen...anyway cant wait to see what ou do next i know it will be spectacular

3:10 AM  
Blogger purplepaint said...

I love this! It has such depth, I could just reach into the picture and pick up one of the pieces! I love the different shades of blue, and I think you did an awesome job! Marva

3:36 AM  
Blogger joseph's art and stuff said...

WOW, I love coming back to see the progress. I tip my pens and bow down to you.

5:49 AM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

It looks awesome. The ruler with its transparency looks incredibly real. I'm floored each time I see your work!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Gillian said...

Not for the first time, I'm amazed by your skill with a ballpoint pen. Mr Biro himself could never have envisaged such artwork from his invention!
Beautiful work, Andrea. Thanks for answering my previous question. x

11:07 AM  
Blogger Quilt Knit said...

This is just wonderful! The right hand corner is too blue, too much shadow? I just thought you had it in shadow from the lamp overhead. You use only ball point pens? Is this work in your Moleskine or art paper? I wanted to know the brand of paper you used.
Some Rubbish, you had to finish.
Just a delight for eyes.

Sherrie Roberts

11:51 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all, guys.

Lexy it's itching to get started on the next - butI'm definatley taking a couple of days off!

Margaret, a Biro is, indeed, a ballpoint pen. It's the brand name.

Sherrie, well I'm glad you think it looks like the shadow and light of an over head lamp, because that's exactly what I was going for. It's just the colour of the blue in the right hand corner is wrong. It's very subtle and probably only I'd notice, but that's what happens when you're obsessive!

This piece is on paper. It is a Windsor and Newton heavy weight cartridge. It has to be heavyweight, to take of all that cross hatching.

Cheers, everyone. I'm glad you've enjoyed the process. I've enjoyed your company.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Pippa said...

I absolutely adore it. Thank you for showing us a work-in-progress. The finished piece is wonderful. I love it.

12:23 PM  
Blogger no way said...

As much as I enjoy this drawing (and I really do!) I also like what you've written to accompany it. Your reflecting back on the process and the final outcome is really interesting, and probably mirrors what many of us feel about our work as well. Although I think you've said it more eloquently than I might have!

Well done!

12:50 PM  
Blogger PNH said...

Your talent is awesome, thank you for sharing

1:41 PM  
Blogger Lisalou said...

Thanks for taking the time to share the process. Truly fascinating! Your patience and talent amazes me!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

I deeply admire what you do! Such talent and patience! It is always a joy to see what you have done next. You shared the process with us this time!! What a journey! Thanks so much! :)

3:53 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

I so enjoyed seeing your work in progress, Andrea! An amazing finish, as always....and your attention to detail always blows me away.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Lawson said...

Wow, wow, wow! I just love everything you do! Thanks for sharing the progress. It was so cool to watch!

12:12 AM  
Blogger wagonized said...

Gosh how i love the allegory you used about being the passenger. I happen to LOVE the dark area starting in the bottom right corner. It adds depth to the whole piece. I love it. I LOVE it.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Anetka said...

it never stops suprising me what you can do with a piece of paper and ball point pen...
thank you for sharing your amazing journey:)

8:15 AM  
Blogger kazumiwannabe said...

Hi, it's me again... Just to say I sent you an award on my blog, and you're free to participate or ignore it! I just had to do it, your desk drawing,a few posts ago, really was a revelation for me! thanks again!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Lisa M Griffin said...

I love seeing the creative process to this piece and like all the contrast/shadow that you have created using a very limited palette. It's always interesting seeing the progression of a piece, but I also understand the need to finally hold it up and say "DONE!"
Thanks for sharing.

5:18 PM  
Blogger purplepaint said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog. :) Marva

10:56 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

My favorite part is the translucent ruler with the page underneath showing through. And if it was a hairband from around our house there would still be a number of my daughter's hair hanging on.

4:37 PM  
Blogger mrana said...

Brilliant. Am awestruck once again. Bl***y brilliant. Thank you for the step-by-step, I may never draw again ...

6:09 PM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all so much, guys.
I probably won't be doing one of these again in a hurry.

The strange thing is, for me, my favourite bit is the very corner that I started off with. The little blue pen (actually it's all blue!), the Featherpost envelope and the hairband. I never saw that coming.

And, Rick, that is one of the little details I meant to put in but forgot - the hairs on the hairband. I also forgot the star in the window of the envelope. I could add them. Hmmmmm.

Thanks everyone, for joining me on this little journey. Ta.

7:22 PM  
Blogger E-J said...

Your description of the process reminds me of a passage in "Art & Fear" about the work itself dictating what is needed ... I would go merrily insane making something as detailed as one of your drawings. What a labour of love! I haven't viewed the stages yet so will rush off to look at those now.

Got a little something for you. Just a teeny weeny something - or rather, 3 teeny weeny somethings - so don't get too excited.

10:46 PM  
Blogger littlemithi said...

This has been great to follow (especially I since I've been away and have managed to see all your last blog posts all at one go!) Looking forward to the next one! (and thanks again for all the flickr comments!)

7:21 AM  
Blogger Chad Wallace said...

Love the complexity, and that you shared the process. Really great stuff.

3:22 PM  
Blogger clare said...

I gave you an award on my blog. You are a sensational artist. In accepting the award, you are not obligated to continue with the nomination of others, but it is fun and encouraging all at the same time!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Andres said...

Andrea, thanks for the peak into your creative process- the visuals & text. Splendid results

1:55 PM  
Blogger True Bloom said...

Love your work. The darker shadow gives the image a feeling of depth, I think it's great.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous petescully said...

i'm glad to have seen the process. It turned out incredible! I think the choices you make in a drawing are spot on.
I've given you another of those awards that are doing the rounds, cheers for the inspiration!

7:19 AM  
Blogger thats just it said...

i enjoy the final result. well worth the torture i would say. great job!

11:32 PM  
Blogger pompatooie said...

How can you be annoyed with perfection?????? I don't know how you do it, but you consistantly turn out beautiful, pristine, exact, detailed, interesting, exciting work. I love what you do.

1:34 AM  
Blogger andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Thank you all, folks.

With some time between me and this drawing I have grown to like it. Well, more than I did when I'd just finished it. But then, that's how it usually goes. Right?

Cheers everyone.

10:21 PM  
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Haaa, you know what this reminds me of? The desktop on JKROWLING.com
Check it out, its real nice

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