Field and subject combination processes should be a science in their own right, because I feel like a mad scientist when I connect the dots.
The City Project, in its smallest beginnings gave me visions of future cities, their technology and their power sources. At first I looked into familiar ground, and I’m naturally drawn to the Ocean. I wanted to include as much influence from it as possible, through observational, photographic and imaginative pictures.
At first, I had nothing. I didn’t exactly know where to start on this project, so instead of rushing to find something, I decided to work with what I already had: A passion for the Ocean, and my imagination. I started by watching, in depth, The BBC series: The Blue Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. I was very interested in one thing in particular, The Abyssal zone. It caught my attention, how in such a dark and difficult place could produce such unique forms of life, as I watched Anglerfish stalk small Copepods and bio-luminescent jellyfish give off amazing displays of colour. So the I let my imagination run wild and I created some small renditions of various Abyssal zone animals. I didn’t stick to observational sketching for reference though, instead I drew from memory and let my imagination fill in the blanks; this way I’m sure to come with something new and different. Its a process that helps me to generate new ideas, a form of practical meditation really.
With each drawing produced I kept in mind the means by which it was made. I Enjoyed using black ink and fineliners simply because they were familiar to me and because I wanted to improve how I shaded or Cross-thatched a picture, experimenting with tone and indentation. I also used coloured pencils, felt tip pens, and a White gel Pen, which I would later go on to use on a number of black-paper drawings.
The beginnings of the project were taking place. I was feeling slightly more confident about where this was going but I still could not see my direction very clearly.