Saturday, November 17, 2007
About mid-October I started my first drawing for a carboncino (charcoal) drawing on paper. Here in Florence, Italy, the favored papers are Umbria brand and Roma. Rigacci’s Art Store did not have the Umbria when I arrived to purchase my paper, so I am using the Roma. The Roma brand has a very obvious line-patterned tooth (a rough surface for holding the carboncino) that I will carefully need to work with to create a smooth tone where desired.
In this image, taken over the Halloween weekend, I am in the process of transferring my original drawing onto a piece of the fine Roma paper. I do the original cartoon drawing on regular drawing paper. I work out my proportions of the figure and create my disegni. (Those who have visited the newsletter section of my Web site may already know that in Italian, the word disegno means ‘drawing’ AND ‘design.’ They are one and the same.
I have drawn the outline of the figure with props, as well as the shadow shapes. While this is considered representational art, I am not copying Nature. I am using Nature as an inspiration to create a pattern of shapes and tones. Illusion is not reality. Illusion is not copying. I have an almost infinite amount of choices. That is why, even when working with the same model and having the same sort of goal in mind, each artist’s work will look different from anothers. Disegni, baby.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I hope to share more with you about the amazing experience that I had this weekend. Met some new friends and toured a lovely part of Tuscany in Italy. Our trip started in Arezzo, after my friends Skye and Hafiza and I took the train from Florence. Here you see an image I took on my timer of the kind couple from Denmark and California who met us and were amazing and generous hosts all weekend. From left to right: Hafiza, Jytte (pronounced U-ta), Kelly, Borge, and Skye. We are in a park in Arezzo that overlooks the valley in lots of rolling mountains in Tuscano. More later . . .