Three images of collaboration in process. (He wants to eat the ink and paper.)

A shot of my messy countertop that was used for the blotches on the right side of the last picture.

And where I’m stopping for the day. I’m going to stop here with the black ink + water droplets and work to embellish what I have so far with other media.

What I plan to do is paint a cockatiel with ink and watercolor in the spot marked in red below. Around it the rest of the page I will put blooms of yellow with orange centers, using a wet-on-wet technique and food coloring, at which point I will let Genji walk across the page and leave colored footprints.

Three shots of a very wet bird, and the first stage of my process drawing.

I underestimated how difficult it would be to apply the ink while keeping him away from it, as well as the amount of water required to achieve the look I was shooting for. Both of those weighed into my decision to move the paper and spread the ink around. He did get some ink on his feet (seen near the top), so I’m looking forward to using food coloring to see how it spreads when he can move it around on his own.

Drawing as Process

For this project, most of my work will have to be done at home. I will be enlisting my cockatiel, Genji, to assist in the spontaneity that will form the basis of the project.

The first step will take several days—after Genji gets his morning bath, I will put him on my paper so he can shake off and drip onto it. Immediately after, I will drip various dilutions of ink into the small droplets and puddles he leaves on the paper. It will likely take a few tries to get the coverage I am aiming for. The process of the ink dropping is illustrated below. I hope to get interesting (though not intentionally representative) shapes and textures such as those in the birds in this gif.

A second idea I may employ in order to bring another layer to the piece will be mixing food coloring to a desired color and concentration and dipping Genji’s feet in it before letting him walk across the paper.

Depending on the arrangement and if I think the piece needs even more to bring it to the proper level of visual interest, I may also take a fine-tipped sharpie and gently outline some areas of the ink drops and footprints, or add some sort of pattern to complement the ink and food coloring.

Palimpsest/Pentimenti Project

I did a couple small experiments with what I had on hand, which mostly consisted of dry media. I learned that calligraphy ink tends to dry somewhat transparent unless it is applied VERY thickly, and that colored pencil acts as a sort of resist by making it dry slower and therefore being easier to wipe off before it dries entirely. It also produces a strange effect when applied with a colored pencil instead of a pen or brush. Colored pencil over Copic marker produces interesting effects, but the opposite is not possible because the wax from the pencils doesn’t allow the ink to seep into the paper. Paint/gold leaf pens always come to the top and are very difficult to put anything over. Other than that, most of the things I used are interchangeable in the order they can be used.

Project 2 - Constructed Space

Of the artists in the Powerpoint, I preferred Roger Brown over the rest, and I really enjoyed Brown’s Memory of Sandhill Cranes. I liked that the elements in his works still seemed to be in their “right” place, which lends itself to a feeling of stability and comfort whereas many of the other artists made me feel very uncomfortable in their chosen perspectives or lack thereof. Memory retains his use of repetitive shapes and extends it to the cranes as well and is roughly symmetrical, which appeals to me.

I want to utilize a similar perspective system for my second project, a sort of flattened atmospheric perspective that relies on overlapping to convey depth. I haven’t decided yet on the exact visual content of my painting for project two, but will post references and inspirations once I do decide.