The latest large koi drawing has come this far along. It’s approximately 60 by 55 inches — somewhere in that range — and it’s drawn using Caran d’ache water soluable crayons on Arches watercolor paper. I decided to make some of the new koi drawings as “sketches” even though they are large. By saying that they are sketches, I mean that I am working with more freedom and spontaneity throwing caution windward. Sometimes the size of a picture can tend to make the artist more cautious — or sometimes the materials have this effect — whenever you are doing something in which you feel there is greater risk, somehow, you might tend to slow down and be more deliberate. And, I decided that for experiment’s sake, as well as simply for the joy of it, that I would approach some of these large koi drawings more boldly since I like the appearance of a “sketch” and equally much I like the spirit of invention and want to exploit it to the full.
A detail of the central section demonstrates how many textures are in the picture so far. It’s made in a rough manner. I got the blocking in done today (all the paper is more or less covered with something) and I will continue piling on the pigment, but my approach is one of “just have at it.” It’s through this manner that I get ideas.
At a much earlier stage, when it was only half-way as far along as now, it looked like this.