This dark fellow was drawn last week using the back of another scrap of brittle old wallpaper. Sometimes when I sit down I put all my attention into one drawing and other nights a few come out rapidly in succession. This was drawn in about a minute after finishing the larger patterned wallpaper bird. I like both for different reasons.
Sometimes the quicker, rougher drawings are most exciting when I see them blown-up as scanned images. The textures and chunks of colour form their own accidental canvasses. I thought I would share a couple of close cropped images from this bird.
I love how the colours layer on top of each other. This close, they feel huge and tactile. Areas that look like soft washes bristle with texture from the paper and the waxy pigments.
It always pays to take a closer look.