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Finding my creative identity through OCA

Drawing in short and long bursts

This exercise involved standing at an easel with an A1 size sheet at eye-level and using charcoal.

The short bursts were made in a fast, rhythmic fashion, counting to five before moving elsewhere on the page.  I found working in this way made me feel more compact and restricted.  It was only when stepping back to take a look that I realised my marks were all around the centre of the paper.  I tried to fill more space and work outwards more, but it was a conscious effort rather than a natural movement.  This style of movement felt better with sharper edges, showing exact strokes of the charcoal. (I forgot to take a photo at this point, before moving onto the long burst stage, but below is an area that wasn’t worked on too much with the long bursts.)

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Short bursts

Using longer, slower strokes created more rounded, fuller strokes.  With both hands my body felt more relaxed and connected to the piece, moving with the charcoal. I particularly liked using the charcoal on it’s side until it wore out and then adding a fresh, sharper mark over the top of this.  I found that using my left hand created a harder, denser mark than my right.

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Long bursts
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