Throughout the past few years I have been fascinated by hands because the different gestures tell different stories.. I wanted to go back to drawing hands because they were fascinating and challenging to draw. Hands are used as a nonverbal communication especially for deaf and those who are speech impaired. Not only this, hand gestures are used in everyday life including defending yourself, explaining a point or welcoming someone into a situation. I guess you don’t realise how often you use your hands and how much you rely on them in everyday living. I decided to drawing my own hand at a slight crumpled angle because it is a very relaxed pose and yet it still shows contours and lines in the hand. I thought it was a good gesture to start with as I haven’t drawn hands for a while. It is still quite a hard image to work with but still a good way to start.
I wanted to continue exploring the way Alison Lambert works by fixing different torn pieces of paper together. After the first drawing where I used masting tape to hold the pieces of paper together, I decided to try a different approach and used PVA glue to hold the paper together. I started with just a small pieces of ripped paper and adding pieces as I added to the drawing. I have never worked this way but found it really worked as I was focusing on one part of the drawing at a time. I am fascinated by the way the image is starting to come together by adding paper into it and completing the drawing.
I did struggle with parts of drawing so the work has taken longer than I thought. Having not drawn hands for a while it took a lot of time to get the proportions right. I will be continuing the work with the willow and compressed charcoal.