Friday, May 15, 2009

Final Drawing: Project 7: A Global Issue

26" x 43"
Ink and Pastels

For my 'global issue', I chose waterboarding, a type of torture that is very relevant and controversial right now. They say it feels like drowning for the victim, so I wanted to display the sense of drowning. That is shown by the water and hair. The blood represents violence. The flight plans are the actual flight paths from 9/11 and the drips show the actual process of waterboarding, in which the victim lays on their back with a cloth covering their face, and water is slowly dripped onto it, simulating drowning.

From the project sheet:
"...create a drawing that uses all of the formal elements of design to communicate your point of view... You may not use type...Drawings should not be highly representational, but there may be some aspect of the representational present. This should not be a narrative, comic strip, or illustration. Research drives the drawing. You will not know what the drawing looks like until you are deep into the process of research and exploratory drawing."

Basically, we have to communicate an idea, feeling, or opinion without being representational or illustrative.


  1. Very interesting depiction of the concept. Good use of color. The overall feel of the artwork reminds me of an earlier piece you posted in 12/2008 but said was part of your self portrait project. It was a photograph of a water fountain, penny and shadow of your hand.

  2. Thanks, I was going for a watery feel to go along with the concept of drowning. So the fountain comparison is appreciated.

    When I was sketching/experimenting before my final drawing, I was layering the pastels a lot to get a lot of color in, but when you layer pastels too much, they mix together and the colors get muddy, so that was something I had to be wary of when doing the final piece. That's why you have to really plan out what you're doing, because if you want to keep adding to it, it may actually take away from the drawing (with this medium). I am pleased with how the colors turned out.

  3. Well done Adam! Well done.