These sketches were done in the two hour class last night. They are still drying – I took these shots on my phone.
The constraints put on us were to use just black and white, avoiding half tones. I built in heavy charcoal and then put in white gouache and cheap acrylic ink that had settled like swamp mud at the bottom of the jug.
At this stage, I am just exploring shapes and tones, contrasting painted white, white pixellated with carbon, the virgin white of the untouched paper and the bone white scars left by shredding the surface.
I used a photograph as a reference. I think I was looking west up East Wacker Street.
I’m back in Chicago in a few weeks. I’ll bring charcoal and brush.