This week in my sketchbook I drew an image of toothbrushes in a holder. Once I have finished the drawing I began to think about the image of the toothbrush. Did it tell the story of what the toothbrush did or how it was used? I therefore began to think about how I could express this in a drawing. The next morning I was brushing my teeth and looked up into the mirror and noticed the movements I was making with the brush. I thought about how I could replicate this in a drawing. I decided to use an old toothbrush and make the same marks on the paper as if I was brushing my teeth. I starting to think about the medium to use. Ink was my first thought but it would not give the texture I wanted in the drawing. I thought that crushed charcoal would be more useful but was worried that it would just rub into the grain of the paper and not leave the right marks. I ended up using crushed charcoal mixed with slightly diluted PVA glue; this gave me the effect I was looking for in the drawing.
You can see the various movements made with the brush – circular, side to side, up & down, etc., and at the edge of the middle section is an accumulation of the charcoal dust, giving texture to the drawing.
The next day I realised I have been influenced by Julie Brixey-Williams’ drawings in Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art, which I had glanced through a couple of days earlier. Locationotation is a series of pirouette drawings performed simultaneously by 52 dancers. They are made using graphite powder on watercolour paper. Artist’s website here.