MURMUR: sketch vs. improv

July 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

There’s no erase or CTRL+Z when you’re working in ink, and sometimes it’s a good idea to sketch out more complex compositions on paper before putting them directly on the skin. I don’t do this as often anymore because I think when there’s an element of improvisation and “danger” it can lead to more interesting results, but with the piece below I really didn’t want to mess up and have to go looking for another skin that was the right size (this one’s going to be mounted on a drum and illuminated).

I worked out the image on paper and then cut it out and taped it to the underside. With my light table on I could make out the outlines just enough to follow with confidence and thankfully there were no major f-ups.

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