Collaborations and Public Drawing

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These drawings were completed with artist Tyga Helme. We sat and drew from two Van Gogh works, in different coloured inks. Half way through we swapped drawings and completed the works. We did this in front of others and then discussed the experience of tandem and collaborative drawing. It was delightfully liberating.

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Drawing with Tyga Helme. We found a table and sat, drawing into each other’s work. We both had different ideas but identical sketch books and we were both using ink and a bamboo dip pen. There is something remarkably liberating about giving work away for another artist to make their own. I was aware that Tyga’s marks were stronger than mine, both in terms of her use of darker ink and the thickness of the mark. I liked this. It seemed appropriate that my drawings were a little lighter, and that her marks were dominant. During our drawing I said “I love drawing on top of your work!” and she replied with exactly the same words. It was a funny realisation that there is something deeply personal about sharing your drawings: a relationship of sorts.

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Another tandem drawing by Tyga Helme and myself. I rotated this drawing 90 degrees before staring to work on it. This made sense to me. I felt like there was something softly resembling a heathland and some kind of ruins in the distance as I drew into the work. We were both particularly keen on this drawing and felt it had rhythms and a voice which we both approved of and enjoyed.

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I particularly like the top half of this drawing. I also like that different people ‘see’ objects within it, only some of which actually exist. I like the flow of the drawing styles in collaboration and feel they suit each other well.

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Tandem ink drawing by Tyga Helme and me.

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One more work by Tyga and myself.

The works below were a collaboration with artist Theo Young. He is currently completing a degree in Art and leans towards illustrative drawing and digital imaging. This collaboration was completed via posting work to each other and completing it in our own studio spaces. It was extremely exciting to see the development of works as, despite recognising perhaps the individual style of the artist, the connections made and order of who drew first is intriguing. Also, the layering of meaning and perhaps even the change of meaning between the initial drawing and the response. This ‘conversation’ as such is what fascinates me. It is the opening up to another of something personal and often misunderstood, allowing it to be reinterpreted and reworked, perhaps leaving it with an entirely different narrative, focal point, or subject. The unveiling of the new works was a very exciting moment, for both of us. There is something extremely special in that type of ‘connection’.

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Theo Young and Emma.

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Theo Young and Emma.

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Theo Young and Emma.

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Theo Young and Emma.

This  process is such a very direct way of working with other artists, and it is so dynamic and testing, opening up exciting opportunities and possibilities as well as presenting with interesting issues of clashing styles. It is truly exciting and I have lots of ideas for the continuation of this series of works. (see next post)

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