Animation: Ink and Ink Wash
Brown paper has an absorbency, texture and natural quality which mean that no two pages are ever the same. When you hold it up to the light you will see that there is not one colour but marbled variations of brown tones that reminds me of amber.
I enjoy its associations with wrapping paper – it is utilitarian, the type of paper that you may have to hand when you need to make a note or a quick sketch.
The quality of the line produced by the Code matched to the material compromises needed when working with brown paper and the ink wash. The crow interaction is also a compromise as you have to accept that the crow is free to behave as it wishes in its environment: the artist may only observe and record.
The crow was drawn referencing the line work and tonal work produced in Autodesk and the many photographs I took at Galley Hill. There are a number of different sets, starting with the brown paper sets and a developmental record of production. The first full set was produced on brown paper and lit from the front when photographed; the second was lit from the back when photographed.
Front lit: This set shows the quality of the line work and the ink wash to best effect.
Back Lit: This set shows the interaction between the natural texturised quality of the brown paper and the ink wash image suggesting a sense of depth and colour. The amber tones of the paper reiterate the sense of having trapped the crow in a moment in time.
Ink and ink wash on white paper: This, for me, is a long standing and frequently used approach and best presents the quality of the ink and ink wash.
Biro on white paper: The line is produced by what is considered a throw away, everyday object – a black biro. The biro captures the abstraction of the crow with a limited control of line width and tone and the line communicates the sense of the form.
The animation was produced to emphasise that the drawings were all of one, individual crow. There are a number of drawings but only one crow moving and changing through space, time and repetition.