When you are drawing people in pubic it can become a bit awkward if they notice you. If their job is to stay put then there's a tension between their desire to escape and their obligation to do their job. These two security men, in the city centre were stood straight and tall, walkie talkies on their hips, scanning the crowd like secret service agents. When they saw me drawing them, they became even more vigilant and self conscious.
Their job is to watch people and at first they were uncomfortable to find me watching them. They soon loosened up though and even came over to take photos of my drawings when I had finished. The more you look, the more you notice the people as opposed to the uniform.
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