All You Are (oil pastel drawing)
There’s a moment where you realize what you’re made of
It shocks a person senseless
Thinking of what is contained within bones
It’s all you are
About All You Are
I created the drawing, All You Are, during a phase of relative obsession with human skeletal structure. This obsession has made its way into art works like Trabeculae, My House I, Man-Machine, and Remaining in the Details … to name a few.
I used a scribbly, unrefined drawing method with oil pastels. I left highlighted areas of the image white, and layered on progressively darker colors. For example, I started with yellow and light pink to get down the gist of where shadows should fall. Then I enhanged those shadows with orange and purple.
Then, I did another round of shadow enhancements again with darker colors—navy blue in one case, red in another.
Once that was all blocked in, I filled in the negative space with textured scribbles. I must have felt that the look was still too sterile, so I added random scribbles in light grey across the whole drawing.
Once the pastels were all blocked in as described above, the drawing was nearly complete. To finish it off, I scratched shapes, words, and crosshatching into the base layer of pastel using an x-acto knife. It’s a method I used in the drawing Can We Please Go Home?
This drawing is still part of my personal collection. Although … funny story, it was adopted, then returned to me. Perhaps the pretty colors failed to disguise the unsettling subject matter on closer inspection.
Art’s funny like that.