Intermediate Drawing: final project: part 3

Tomorrow I hope to get some rough drafts done in hard pencil (2H at the hardest) and begin inking some lineart at home (color or black?).  I really want to take my brushes to school with me, but I’m afraid they’ll be damaged, so I’ll leave them at home and use them after class.  If I use black ink, I can use my special nibs and brushes.  Then I can see if watercolors will work over my inks (I’m really thinking of earthy tones, still — not the easiest when you only have Prang watercolors), and then use Drawing or Watercolor pencils for highlights.

I’ve outlined 16 distinct thoughts that were in one of my latest postings, and have thumbnails for drawings for each of them.  I still need to go over one of my more recent emails which may have more information, but this amount is decent.  At this rate, I’ll need to finish one drawing every two days.  It’s a lot of work, and as the writing comes first…I mean dang, how am I going to fit a discussion of anatman on a half-sheet?

I decided to work on half-size watercolor paper.  I’m going to use a hole punch and knot the thing together with macramé — one of those things I love but don’t get to do enough.  Maybe I could do a Buddhist netting pattern and anchor the cords in the edges of the paper, then knot all the way around the book + knot in one or more buttons to hold it?  (I don’t have anything to punch an awl into, which kind of makes traditional binding difficult.)  I probably should hold off on getting additional pads of watercolor paper until I can see if my approach is going to work or not.  I’m sure 6″x9″ isn’t a hard size to find, being half of a 9″x12″…but there was some inconsistency in dimensions that I noticed, between brands.  I will also probably need a bone folder at some point, though I can really probably use a butter knife.  Actually, I think I will use a butter knife.  No reason to buy a fancy tool that something I already have may outperform.

I also should say that this is going to be more philosophical and metaphysical than poetic.  I was trying to wrap my head around how to make a poem which succinctly conveyed the idea of Indra’s Net, and…just…I cannot do that very quickly.  I only have a little over a month to do this project, which is why I cut the size of the pages down so much.

I’m hoping to get the writing portion done on interleaved cartridge paper, in Micron — these will be displayed in pairs with the drawings, come critique time.  I can work on that tomorrow in class, as well — I’ll need to remain succinct and relevant to the overall message of the booklet, which means I may need to invest some time in editing.

I decided to use cartridge paper and not marker paper on discovering that I only had 15 9″x12″ sheets of marker paper, and that I can mess up very many times on copy paper and not worry about wasted money or materials.  It also gives me the option of printing the text out, though I don’t think I’ll do that unless I really get pressed for time.

It is now after midnight where I am, so I’m going to get to bed, seeing as how I have to wake at 6 AM.  5 and a half hours of sleep.  Eh.  Well, at least I didn’t nap, today…


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Haru ("Codey") is a third-year Master's student in Library and Information Science, hoping to find a way to fuse their desire to make the world a better place and to finance their art.

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