Monday, 13 July 2009

Another Hare!

When you draw in public as often as I do, it had to happen one day - someone drips something on your drawing!

I attend an Art & Craft Fair once or twice a month at Hawes, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales (see below).

It's a great little Art & Craft Fair with a strict policy ensuring all exhibitors produce their own crafts (that may sound like an obvious statement for a 'craft' fair, but to date, it is the only one I have come across!

I have been attending for about 2 years now and always demonstrate there. Drawing at the fairs is pretty much the only time I get to draw these days - Artist Mike Sibley once said that he probably only spends around 20% of his time as a professional artist drawing. Before I became a full-time artist I never believed this... he was right!

My weeks are spent printing, mounting, framing artwork and greeting cards, booking fairs and shows, contacting galleries, updating websites, etc... My weekends are spent at fairs and shows, so, inbetween serving and talking to customers, I draw. This way, I actually get some drawing done, but it also acts as an attraction to visitors. I have always been wary of kids with ice-creams, adults wanting to know what paper I use (they can't just ask, they have to rub their grubby fingers across the middle of my drawing), elderly women buying a greeting card and insisting on placing their handbags ON my drawing while they count out their pennies, and people shaking the table as their dog jumps up to see what's going on. Unbelievably, I have never had a drawing damaged by all of this, until now! Typically, it was simply a few drips of rain water dripping from someone's head as they leaned over to take a closer look.

This may not sound like much but, the fellow pencil artists out there will know how easy it is to affect the tooth of drawing paper. Unfortunately, the drips were in an area of the drawing where little detail was going to be (otherwise I could have simply hidden the area in detail). The drawing is recoverable. As the drips were in the top right corner, I will just need to keep that area very light so the drips don't show - luckily, the light source is from this top right corner, so that should work.

Anyway, here is the drawing so far. You shouldn't even be able to see the damage, and I hope that will remain the case as I continue. The hare is pretty much complete, but a lot of work is still needed on the grass and background.


Clive Meredith said...

hare looks fantastic,lovely movement.i can relate to your story regarding the pitfalls of demonstrating at shows,luckily ive only had the finger poking antics so far,nobody's dripped on me....yet!

Grahame Butler said...

Hi Nolon, Great movement in the hare, sounds like infa red scanners placed around your work are needed!

Nolon Stacey said...

Thanks Clive, It would probably be safer if I could draw on a vertical easel like painters do, but I have to have my paper flat on a horizontal surface.

Grahame, Good idea about the scanners - where can I get those??