"Vauban Confused"… again!
From a previous post… a pastel drawing on folded, or creased, paper which I finished this week in preparation for a solo exhibition opening in a months time in La Roche Posay - a spa town in the Vienne not far from where I live.
Maréchal Vauban, or Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), is considered one the of the greatest military engineers of all time. In his life he was responsible for the fortification of over 160 places in France, however his major contribution to warfare was his methods of attack, which revolutionised siege warfare.
One of my earlier Vauban-type drawings on folded paper "Every Which Way" sold via Saatchi to a film producer residing in Hollywood… all early examples being drawn with only black and white Conté crayons. Since then I’ve been using colour more with both paint and crayon, taking influence from the German Bauhaus movement. Originally I visualised the lightly folded backing paper of these drawings to remain slightly creased so that side lighting would reveal subtle planes of light and shade to enhance the drawn lines, but now I realise this approach is too difficult to enable presentable mounting before framing, because none of the folded guide-lines are parallel and so produce ‘quadrilaterals’ which although are all four sided shapes, are anything but squares and rectangles… so now I’m laying out more of this theme on flat surfaces which are easier to handle and mount!
Image / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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