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PutaliJBGuava003

Guava Branch, Watercolour on Tracing paper

So my collection of photos of this lovely place and my drawing practice have started to pay off. I have been asked to design a range of woodblock prints for fabric to be used in children and babywear. I have so relished this process, drawing and redrawing. Pattern and Form. I am looking forward to what the Indian craftsman make of it.

The friend that asked me to do it, asked me to draw emblematic East African animals and plants with a Indian sensibility. We swiftly eschewed Giraffes and Rhinos, in favour of the wonderful animals that are less often drawn and therefore more interesting. Whilst working on the drawings I realised how close this idea was to my previous practice in ceramic. In which I explored the cultural richness of East Africa, through working with Islamic decorative motifs on strong bold clay forms. One on another.

PutaliJBGerenuk2006

Gerenuk, Pencil Watercolour on Tracing Paper

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Leaves of a Pineapple, Line drawing, Detail

So inevitably about a third of the way into a drawing, the crisis hits you. Oh no, this is going to be such rubbish! At that point the urge is to quit, why bother, this is too hard, this is no good. Who was I kidding thinking I can draw!
Sometimes if you press on regardless with energy and commitment the drawing comes good. Sometimes it doesn’t…. Either way better to press on.