Original ~ Coloured pencil drawing on A1 cartridge paper.
I always had a passion for direct observational drawing & painting from life/nature, especially to observe and study the human figure/form/anatomy since being introduced to Figure Drawing classes at the age of 17. (Had a fabulous talented and quietly spoken art teacher who was one of the rare ones who encouraged and influenced me greatly along with my art journey.)
At Uni. we were given the art theme Extension of the Senses of Man to address and work with for a term.
The skin is our largest sensory organ and requires the extension of clothing for its protection against the environmental elements. Thinly draped clothing veiled over a human form provides ample study of soft falling movements along body lines, flowing shapes & patterns etc.
I set out to explore the human form/skin/clothing outdoors in the natural environment as apposed to life models posing in a protective drawing room set-up that I had only been so far exposed to at the time.
Stage 1) Explored the extension of the senses by exposing the human form/skin/clothing to the natural physical elements of water, air and earth/sand at a public beach landscape and documenting this through the photographic medium. Two fellow art students modelled for me in loose light negligee clothing.
Stage 2) I developed a B&W photographic series learning several darkroom manipulation techniques in the process.
Stage 3) From the resultant photographic imagery (on the human structure, female shapes and forms, skin & cloth exposured to the natural elements of water, wind/air, earth/sand/rock in the landscape) I further explored and studied the inherent structure and ‘dynamics’ of several images and produced several drawings.
I think my two fellow art student models totally enjoyed the creative photographic documentation experience, even though they got cold, wet and buried in sand and I, the photographer, stayed dry!