Sunday, July 15, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Item 24: Pigs!

I have been slowly developing a theory that sketching metal sculptures (and we do have a handful of those on the scavenger hunt list!) might be easier to do with white pencils on black paper. Busted out my black-paper sketchbook this weekend to try this theory out on the pigs sculptures in NW Portland.

I hadn't ever seen these sculptures before, and it was really fun getting to know their crazy rough-hewn angles and pitted, raspy textures by drawing them. It was also fascinating to watch the pedestrians interact with the pigs--they're a very popular climbing-spot for children, and few adults can pass without making a comment, taking a picture, or patting them on the ears or snouts. Hooray for public art that people really respond to and interact with.

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  1. Great Idea using white on black. I had forgotten how angular and crinkled they are, but your sketch catches the texture wonderfully.

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    1. The texture is really kind of astonishing! When I was first googling them to try to figure out their location, a lot of folks described them as kind of ugly or scary in their comments online...but they were surprisingly huggable despite their rough edges!

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  2. Katura, you are a wiz with that black paper and white pencil! I love the texture you have captured here.

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    1. Thanks, Deb! It's hit & miss depending on the subject matter; tried a food cart in this same technique on Sunday and it was a terrible failure. Dramatic negative space really helps with this technique, I think.

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