Richard Vaux “Archetypal Landscapes” produced from charcoal sized around 40×30 inches on paper exhibits the technique chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is the treatment of light, darkness and shade in a drawings or painting. Vaux produces various landscapes, which ordinarily consists of a gradation of horizon lines and clouds captivating the whole paper. His drawings have a source of light that constructs a spatial perspective and conveys depth because the light induces a progression of gradation within the subject. His images appear very naturalistic and the clouds and landscapes are completed with significance to detail. The charcoal drawings appear to be photographs because the clouds are texturized to make them appear physical. He gains this appearance by shading the clouds and smudging the charcoal to get a progression from white to black. Richard Vaux’s attention to detail allows his drawings to encompass illumination and demonstrate a harmony to nature.
I first looked at Jenny Saville’s drawing “Reproduction drawing I (after the Leonardo cartoon), 2009-2010 Pencil on paper, then I viewed one of her paintings that is similar “The Mothers” 2011. I did this to grasp her most significant technique. Her drawings consist of several perspectives with multiple impressions, which are drawn and than erased to record a sense of movement and expression. Jenny’s artwork consist of numerous colours which can be defined as the technique “Trois Crayons” defined as using three colours, typically black, while and a significant colour. Jenny uses oil paint, charcoal and pencil but uses these materials to create expressionistic contour lines. Many of her lines are drawn across the surface of the subject, which is usually a human figure. Her drawings and paintings forms many possibilities of the human body and introduce a sculpture style that verges on the abstract. This gives a powerful graphic life to details and expressive movements that animate her drawings and paintings.
“The Book of Genesis” by Robert Crumb displays an illustration of the Book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. Robert’s illustrations appear to be flat which is conveyed by his use of stippling and cross-hatching. His figures do consist of numerous details that produce distinct shadows and expressions, which are produced by the technique “stippling” which is shading by using small dots. The background is produced by cross hatching which shade by intersecting lines. “The Book of Genesis” by Robert Crumb is produced in black and white and in the form of a comic book therefore the illustration consists of writings. The writing is based on the biblical creation story of The Garden of Eden that allows a narrative story to lead the viewer through the images. Crumb uses numerous attentions to detail within the images, techniques and biblical text that conveys stimulating dialogue to the spectator.