“Something Industrial” is the prompt for Day 3. This topic had me scratching my head as Canberra is not very industrial. Although I want to draw from life as much as possible, I decided use some photo sources and try to use them in a manner that pushed me a little. The photo I used were taken at Cockatoo Island when we were on a visit to Sydney. I did not want to simply draw from a photograph but use the shapes and main lines in them to create a page spread that could be “Something Industrial”. As usual click on the image for a larger view.
How I created the art journal page spread
I first lay down a layer of gesso. While the gesso was still wet I pressed a nylon net into it. When the net was lifted it left the impression of a grid that echoed the appearance of wire fencing. I then added some torn paper scraps before allowing that layer to dry. I knew the impression would create a texture that would be picked up by paint.
After going through my photos sources I arranged 3 basic sketches on the page. I did not want to copy photographs but I used them as sources to hint and shapes. I chose them to provide strong directional elements on the page. The first was a pipe and stopcock that provided a strong vertical line. The next two drawings were of cranes that provided some strong diagonals on the page. I used watercolour paint and pitt pens to define the key lines and shapes of the industrial elements on the page. I let that layer dry.
I did not want the various elements to be illustrations as such, but to hint at mood, so painted over some parts of the drawing and then used some modelling paste and stencils to create another layer of texture. The stencils were commercial plastic stencils of a grid and a second had a pattern of V like lines. The modelling paste drys clear but it picks up textures when you paint over it. When the paste was dry I added another layer of watercolour paint using glazing to evoke mood and depth. Then as a contrast using craft dye cutters I cut some small squares and disks of printed paper. These prints had an industrial feel and the clean cut shape set a small contrast up against the hand painted shapes.
On the final layer I used colour pencil to add a little more depth. I hope you like my interpretation of this challenge.
The AJW Sketchbook challenge run by Palma of A Creative Journey proposes a daily prompt throughout January which is shared in the Artist Journal Workshop Facebook group