Ink wash on yupo
16 x 16 inches
I'm in love with Jasper Johns' drawings on plastic, because of the vulnerability and sustained fluidity bestowed on ink by a nonporous surface and the ways Johns exploits that. As such, yupo was a natural choice. If you draw but haven't yet experimented with yupo or any slick surface, may I press you to give it a try? It takes a little more patience and time, but the results are unique and the changes in process from a absorbent to a nonabsorbent surface can be quite fun.
For this drawing, I applied ink thinned to about 75% value and let it air-dry on the surface whereever it managed to collect or grip. After letting the layers dry, I cut back into the dry ink with a hard eraser; you might be glad to know ahead of trying yupo out for yourself that you can erase the dry ink back to almost if not completely white. I repeated this process several times, sometimes shimming the drawing board to tilt the yupo and direct the ink to collect in specific spot or proportions. After building up and tearing down layers a few times, I was satisfied with the final product; however, I feel this sort of image probably demands a serial treatment in order to allow for chance to have a little more rein on the results.
I've read a little more about Johns' target drawings since I made this piece so this drawing, while well-intended, seems to be missing something. Still, it was great fun to make this!