|The show was a wonderful experience for me overall. On one hand it was a great, intricate lesson in self-expression while on the other hand it was this larger than life, cinematic experience. It had its own highs and lows, of course. Monday was an utter disaster. It was a harsh reality check in terms of my character under pressure. I believe I drew what I was expected to draw and not what I wanted to draw and so the piece turned out very disappointing. Tuesday was a revelation for both me and my parents in terms of my body (or the tattoos on it). It was well, something! Wednesday saw a part of my abstract abilities coming out and dare I say, coming out well. Thursday was the Avatar cartoon-poster image which was very angular. Loved the pencil work but made the horrid mistake of using acrylics which blocked out some of the great line work.|
Then the last piece on Friday just completely blew me away. I still don’t know where that came from and that too under pressure. It still sort of amazes me to think about it. I remember people were going for this swan song thing whereas I just went for a purely technical drawing. I resisted filling the colour in initially but then realised it actually wouldn’t be that bad. It actually started resonating with the chap’s scarf, once I filled it in. It was honestly an epiphany (for the lack of a better word), to go from where I was on Monday to where I was on Friday. I was absolutely delighted with the week and I made some great friends.
In terms of what’s next, I think I’m going to be drawing a bit more. I started painting because I thought I couldn’t draw. I preferred just dragging paints across a canvas and I still do, honestly. I absolutely adore it. But now that I know I can draw I am definitely looking to push the boundaries. There are going to be pieces that take about 10 days to draw, as opposed to an hour of mayhem on the canvas. Ultimately I want to achieve a sort of mix of fine drawing, human anatomy and abstract backgrounds. It would be the kind of word that lends itself to the style of someone like Gustav Klimt.
I want to start using different colours and metallics and just work with different textures. Something that would be the amalgam of all the things that I am starting to learn. The exciting bit is that now I can do and learn about so many more things as opposed to earlier when there was nothing left to grasp, really. Now I think I’ve got a foundation to build upon and I think the confidence that I’ve achieved is going to grow exponentially. At least that’s what I’m trying to achieve.