This is another report documenting the production process and progress of the second issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. The new chapter A Blot on His Escutcheon continues the experimental approach to image-making. It involves experimental approaches to drawing including abstract drawing, contour drawing and blind contour drawing. It’s having fun with paper and pencil and the drawing process.
Using line as an element of construction and expression, the drawn line as well as the printed line and written line, although restrictive is potentially quite expressive to me. I find that drawing details very carefully of constantly changing scenes with accompanying alterations in point-of-view leads easily into abstraction.
Drawing anything that comes to my mind whilst listening to music invariably produces a pattern of abstract lines on paper that is most expressive. I look at the lines whilst I am making them and try to keep up with the tempo of the music. No erasers! A quick tempo produces less inhibited lines and surprising shapes.
Another fun with drawing exercise I have utilised is to draw a character or object without actually looking at the paper I’m drawing on. I try to follow the outlines of the object but don’t look down to see how the drawing looks. Without the constant checking things tend to drift and shift out of perspective and registration. The contours can be accurate but might be out of place.
For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports.