I’ve become rather hooked on the line drawing lately, there’s such a liveliness to the rough line of the twig drawings, as there was in the very quick ballpoint drawings that I did on the spot. The first here was made with a twig dipped in very fluid watercolour and done quite quickly, so there are errors and overlaps.
.I made another slightly larger drawing with fewer figures in the same way and decided to use colour within the shapes, but preserving some of the line work. As it went along, I felt it was bordering on being a cartoon, which is undesirable with this subject, though the figures do have some humour to them, and I gradually varied the colour work more, while still remaining quite graphic. Part of the fascination with these mummies is their different costumes, as the full collection covers five centuries and various different professions and trades.I like the way this works, but also felt I needed to loosen up the technique, so I made a very quick, small (postcard size) painting which seems to refer back to previous works, as none of the clothing is defined. To go on with this sequence, I will be aiming somewhere in between the two images and techniques.