I looked at my quick sketches around the home and found no ideas emerging which inspired me to create a drawing. I have found my best time for thinking about art is either when I am in bed or in the bath. As I laid in the bath thinking about what to do for this exercise I caught a glimpse of myself in the stainless steel knob which raises and lowers the plug. I then looked at the reflections in the tap and realised that this could be my drawing.
The next time I was in the bath I made a couple of quick sketches of the viewpoint and a couple of days later some more drawing without any water in the bath. These drawing were on A5 paper as there is listed space when laying down in the bath.
I liked the image so decide to use this as the basis for my drawing. I decided to use ink for my drawing and to heighten the colours I could see to add that warmth to the drawing, echoing that warm and relaxing feel you get when taking a bath. I also darkened the white bath to add a contrast against the warm colours of the feet, bubble bath and sponge. I chose a letter box format as when I thought about laying in the bath I realised I was often looking at this fairly narrow view.
Once the base colours had been added with brush and ink, I wanted to bring out the detail using fine-liner coloured pens.
Overall I am happy with the drawing, especially as I do not normally work in colour. I worry that it is becoming a bit ‘painting-like’ but the line for the detail and media I think keeps it firmly within the context of drawing.
The one major thing which did not turn out right was the blue flannel. I over-darkened the fold lines and I think it is too strong for the image, drawing eye to the left side of the image.