Drawing crows; not for the drawings, not for a finished project, but for the `learning to see’ that comes from the process.
Drawing crows didn’t start as a project (an idea or a series of activities that will lead to a set of work based upon a theme). Crows started on a Monday morning, 1st December 2014, while I was sitting in one of my favourite places to watch the sunrise over the sea. As the greys of the sky lightened and picked up subtle tints of colour, I was distracted by a family of crows. I took some photographs and later that day made some drawings using ink and ink wash on paper.
I `tweeted’ some of the ink and ink wash drawings, and then I started using the drawings as subject matter for code mediated line and tone drawings on my computer tablet. The quality of the line is defined and adapted using Processing 2 Code, but it is controlled and created using gestural lines and a stylus.
At this point `Crows’ was still not a project; it was an exploration of representing crows using different media, with no intent other than the process of learning to see, and represent, something that was in front of me.
So when did it become a project? That’s difficult to say. It became a project long before I realised it had, and I will try to answer that question in my next `Crows’ blog.