There is something about the way a single line traces the human body that draws the eye. I like to draw without taking the pen from the paper until I’ve got the essence of my subject; I then go back and play with pattern and line to establish the character. This dancer was taking a break between bouts of frantic activity and I just managed to snatch her outline as she rested. She had these fantastic socks on, which matched her hair so I went wild with them both when putting n the detail.
This drawing uses a mix of media. For the transferred image I print out one of my digital photographs on an inkjet printer, place it face down onto a fine quality, heavyweight artpaper, soak the back in nail varnish remover and quickly pass it through an etching press. This pulls the pigments out of one paper and into the other, diffusing and mixing them as it does so. The effect throws up unexpected and sometimes spectacular combinations of colours. I then use fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens for the line work.
Transfer print and fine point Faber Castell Pitt artists’ drawing pens