Ellipsis: Drawing at the British Museum

Today we did a drawing task at the British Museum where we choose an object to draw and we observed how people moved around the space.

So for my object I chose a sculpture of the Molossian Hound because he was adorable and I got excited about seeing a dog in the museum; also because there was plenty of space around the exhibit for the public to move around.  My first outcome which is shown below, worked really well up until I scanned it in, as I had an issue getting it to line up on the scanner bed. This outcome was probably the quickest piece that I had produced (which wasn’t just weird lines) hence the missing legs and body of the front guy.

Layered Sketch | 2017 | Hannah Phillips

This next outcome was one I spent the longest on because this mother and son stood talking to each other for ages, which was my blessing. When I scanned this one in the sculpture only came through faintly but rather than trying to rescan it in I think this was a good representation of how these two acted towards the object. Their focus was on each other rather the environment and I love that the process of scanning added an extra layer of meaning. I think this has helped towards my Material Process Print research as the theme of layering or scanning is something really like the outcome of.

Layered Sketch | 2017 | Hannah Phillips

After the faded scan from having both layers in the scanner at the same time I decided that for this I would scan and print the layers separately. This gave me an outcome that was much more solid and for the subjects made sense as they were all interacting with the sculpture.

Layered Sketch | 2017 | Hannah Phillips

Overall I really enjoyed this drawing technique because I could draw the object and then draw a number of different scenes on top of the first layer. This meant that I could be precious and less precious all at the same time which is perfect for me.

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