Many years ago having qualified as an ITEC Aestheticienne Internationale I found that I was more interested in the human form, particularly the science and construction of our bodies, as opposed to the practise of beauty therapy.
I’m sketching a series of hand drawings, both of the full hand and smaller zoomed in areas. I’m seeing a relationship between the textures within our bodies:
– hard bones, soft tissue, muscle and sinews, elastic skin, wrinkles, crumples, movable joints, hair, nails, the soft stickiness of tears , the tiny taste buds lining our tongues.
and the content of my art workroom:
–shiny, fluffy, matt, corded, thick, thin, lumpy threads & yarns, thick textural furnishing fabrics, flat smooth cottons, hand dyed silks, organzas, sheers and bags of remnants which hold all sorts of surprises, handmade and commercial papers of differing colours, thicknesses and surface finish, metal shims and meshes, clay, buttons, zippers, fibreglass, beads of every type, jewellery findings.
This picture is very basic, only showing the outlines of the bones. However, I’m drawn to that very simplicity. The clean lines, the uncluttered visual aspect. Looking at my own sketches the ones I prefer are the two stylized drawings. I’m already learning something about myself.
Ann Eaton & Florence Openshaw, Cosmetic Make-Up & Manicure, Longman Scientific & Technical, UK 1989. Page 198.
Just look at the amazing texture of a single hair. This picture shows the cuticle bands very clearly. They look like layers of plate coral you would find on the Great Barrier Reef.