AFM #1 Cave Art

Cave art 1
Large sheet of handmade paper & drawing materials; metallic pens & paints, chalks, charcoal, colouring pencils and ink blocks.

I have done some cave art cards in the past (as you can probably see in the gallery!) and I really liked them because, for once, I wasn’t struggling with the bumpy texture of the paper- It was helping with the rock-effect!

I had two ideas for the bigger piece- 1. A detailed drawing of one animal- partly using cave-art techniques and partly going for a more life-like 3D representation or, – 2. A collection of scenes from different cave works from different countries. I opted for the second one. I collected images from the internet and came up with an initial sketch.

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I decided to split it into 3 “bands” of images; initially intending for each band to represent a type of stone and therefore a geographical area, but I didn’t really stick to this idea!

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sketched in pencil and chalk
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first “band” in acrylic paint & chalk


People were not represented often in cave art, but I included versions of the two most striking human images I found. I wanted it to have a sense of movement and landscape- almost like a map.

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second band, rhinos in charcoal & chalk

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start of third band, yellow rock like images from the cave of Altamira, Spain.

Some things never change- 40.000 years later I am still using charcoal & paints containing ochre pigments! (I’m not 40,000 years old– you know what I mean). One of the things that I find fascinating about cave art is how similar the images and subject matter are from completely different parts of the world.

2014-10-09 13.52.332014-10-09 15.58.56If I were doing it again, I would have left out the Stag, I find it makes the whole thing a bit disjointed. It gave me stress head! I think next time I will get rid of the thing that gives me stress head; that can be the thing I learn from this challenge!

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Ultimately, I am happy as a bison in shite near Santander, Spain!

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