I visited the Gadget Show with some friends. With no mind for art materials, I was there to find cool gadgets, a gaming chair, and maybe a bit of robot gossip.
The youngest of our group immediately dragged me over to the stand of a paper company - a bit strange for a gadget show, but she'd bought their notebooks last year.
Parax Paper make paper out of limestone. Yes, paper made of stone! It's definitely different, and my immediate reaction was that this would be amazing for geologists in the field (it's waterproof and you can draw and erase while it's under water) as well as artists. (cycling and sketching in the British weather, not that I'd know anything about that...)
At the show I mentioned the idea of marketing to artists and geologists, with larger and unlined books. But from the website I can see that they seem aimed at a more corporate audience. (Geologists take note though, they do have a great little notebook that's lined on one side and blank on the reverse, perfect for notes and sketches.)
|Beginning of the wreck drawing|
It was hard to contain my excitement. After all, I'm drawing and painting limestone cliffs!
So I've been experimenting with drawing materials, and one of the first drawings is my own version of the spot I visited with Karen Ruffles - the shipwreck on the scar with Black Nab in the background. (not limestone in this case, but I hope you'll forgive me)
|Struggling with the watercolour pencil washes|
|Final uncropped drawing of the wreck and Black Nab|
I have a whole series of drawings on the go now, intended for both the Derwent Art Prize and Fabric of the Land competitions. (for other artists, the Jerwood Drawing Prize entries are also due soon)
|Close up detail of the drawing|
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