Preparatory drawing for a multi-part watercolor painting, May 23, 2013.
Brilliant notes, from a child’s science fair project, documenting the responses of a pet fish to the sudden presence of a toy boat on the surface of the water in its tank. A recently fed fish takes fifteen additional seconds to notice the boat, and then passes through various stages of fright (including “terrified”) before sinking to the bottom of the tank. I don’t remember what grade this student was in.
This etching on handmade paper is the work of one of the most inspiring professors I studied with in art school, Paul Stewart. I took his basic drawing class freshman year, and continued to study with him throughout my four years at The University of Michigan. What this image cannot convey is how deeply etched the plate was. If I’m not mistaken, the black ink is actually rolled onto the surface of the plate; the resulting impression was highly textural. The bars of color may have been added later by hand.