Getting the new iPad Pro and pencil has inspired me to re visit iPad drawing. This was from observation one rainy afternoon. The iPad drawing is starting to affect my work with real media. I resent the lack of zoom, cut & paste, undo and especially layers. I am having to force myself to draw with ink or pencil again.
mixed media on cement on paper 195 mm sq
More pastel drawing from the late ’80’s. A visualisation for a sculptural work based on the elements of vessels which guide progress.
The theme is allegorical, dealing with directions, decisions and impulse. The drawing is largely made with torn & cut pieces from glossy magazine adverts.
Pastel drawing with collage 420 x 594 mm
Re visiting work from the archives.
This was one of a long series of drawings made between 1988 and 1991 as visualisations of sculptural themes. They varied between direct representations of possible works to more evocative visions. This was at the latter end of that spectrum. The technique involved collage with torn and cut fragments of magazine imagery enhanced with pastel shading.
Boat with Sail
Pastel on cartridge paper 1989
420 x 594mm
A drawing from 20+ years back around the time of an earlier gulf conflict. It was an idea I had for a sculpture based on ‘Airfix’ type boys’ assembly kits. These often featured military hardware, ships, planes etc. I made them myself as a youngster. The sculpture would look like the kit for an incident of Collateral Damage.
The work is in pastel with added pieces of torn/cut magazine colour. It is A2 sized.
The USAF Intelligence Targeting Guide defines the term “[the] unintentional damage or incidental damage affecting facilities, equipment, or personnel, occurring as a result of military actions directed against targeted enemy forces or facilities. Such damage can occur to friendly, neutral, and even enemy forces”. Another United States Department of Defence document uses “Unintentional or incidental injury or damage to persons or objects that would not be lawful military targets in the circumstances ruling at the time. Such damage is not unlawful so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack.”
Intent is the key element in understanding the military definition as it relates to target selection and prosecution. Collateral damage is damage aside from that which was intended. Since the dawn of precision guided munitions, military “targeteers” and operations personnel are often considered to have gone to great lengths to minimize collateral damage.
This is a pastel drawing approximately A2 in size with montaged images from my own photography and other layered elements. I was experimenting with gestural mark making and discovered a ghost figure appearing over the door. A tutor once related how Leonardo amongst others looked for found images suggested in clouds, flames, even damp patches on plaster. I don’t know if it is true but I like to think it is. Serendipity in the creative process is magical, but only when it is recognised.