It's been an strange period these past few months. The pure uncertainty of everything that's going on in the world, has had an odd effect on me to say the least. Life seems to be moving at a snails pace, but each day passes by in the blink of an eye. If I was to be harsh but true with myself, I'd say that I've not used this period of lock-down as efficiently as I could. This is of course all rubbish. We're currently living in incredibly anxious times, where we're told daily that we could contract this horrible virus and die, just from living our day to day life. So it shouldn't be a surprise to you all that I've struggled to work as coherently as I would've liked to! To digress from my excuses, I thought I'd talk about the artwork that I have actually completed in these past months.
The beginning of the pandemic was an uncertain and mad time for the best of us, and it's clear this had an affect in what I drew and sketched, and the manner in which I worked. I suppose the fear and hysteria became some sort of muse for me, and my art went down a route of abstract expressionism once again, using portraiture which was unusual for me.
In these pieces, I removed any of the boundaries that I so often set myself with drawing . I used no sketches or under-lines, just directly drew in both pencil and Charcoal. Instead, I allowed myself to draw what I truly felt, with no worries. In all fairness, I am incredibly happy with how the drawings came out. They're emotive and harsh, but the charcoal tones, as subdued and dark as they may come across, work.