Travel Bag


Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Monday, 25th September, 2007


AFTER A DAY of book deliveries I've got half an hour to draw and I don't want to draw the view from the window; the autumn trees are masses of texture and I'd prefer something more specific, so I draw the bag that I've just put down on the desk. I start with dip pen and Indian ink but with all those lines I felt the subject looked confusing so I added a wash of dark grey, then another of lighter grey.

I like subjects that curve, twist and overlap, like the piping seams and the canvas belt on this bag. You can get completely absorbed in enfolded shapes like these. The most difficult subject for me would be something like a corridor in a utilitarian building, where you just can't latch onto anything organic lines as you draw.