DRAWING

PREPARATORY

Here is a collection of various studies with different media and supports. Most of them were produced as preparatory drawings. However, I feel worthy enough to regard them as proper works. The preparatory drawing is my essential process, particularly when I produce historic figure portraits.

Drawing of William Wordsworth
Drawing of William Wordsworth

graphite, acrylic colour, acrylic gold on paper/ 395 x 570 mm (15½ x 22½ in)

Drawing of William Wordsworth
Drawing of William Wordsworth

detail image

Drawing of William Wordsworth
Drawing of William Wordsworth

creative process/ graphite on paper

Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley
Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley

graphite, acrylic colour, acrylic gold on paper/ 400 x 577 mm (15¾ x 22¾ in)

Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley
Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley

detail image

Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley
Drawing of Hardwicke Rawnsley

creative process/ graphite on paper

Momiji (Drawing)
Momiji (Drawing)

graphite, acrylic medium, acrylic gold on paper/ 396 x 536 mm (15⅗ x 21 in)/ 2019

Momiji (Drawing)
Momiji (Drawing)

detail image

Momiji (Drawing)
Momiji (Drawing)

creative process/ acrylic white applied on background

Momiji (Drawing)
Momiji (Drawing)

detail image/ creative process/ acrylic white applied on background

Conversation with Ruskin (Drawing)
Conversation with Ruskin (Drawing)

graphite, charcoal, acrylic gold on paper/ 370 x 540 mm (14½ x 21¼ in) / 2019

Conversation with Ruskin (Drawing)
Conversation with Ruskin (Drawing)

detail image

Gold Beatrix Potter (Drawing)
Gold Beatrix Potter (Drawing)

graphite on paper/ 420 x 594 mm (16½ x 23⅖ in)/ 2016

Gold Beatrix Potter (Drawing)
Gold Beatrix Potter (Drawing)

detail image

Walking Poets (Drawing)
Walking Poets (Drawing)

process #01 / pencil on paper / 300 x 560 mm (11⅘ x 22 in) / 2016

Walking Poets (Drawing)
Walking Poets (Drawing)

creative process #01

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   Some artists produce numerous preparatory drawings over a period of time while others proceed to produce works directly. Some use photographic images to test out the composition, develop ideas and embody creative inspirations. Leonardo da Vinci could be the earliest artist who used camera obscura for his art practice. More than a century later, Johannes Vermeer and Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto were said to use this device proactively. Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol were both well known to use photographic images for their art practice in the modern era. Nowadays I often develop the idea through digital manipulation of my original drawings and pictures. The definition of "preparatory drawing" blurs, so does these works. Some of them are complete and ideal in their own rights while some works regarded as completed but I've never been satisfied. It can be said that the artist's life is the very nature of preparatory drawings towards more complete.