“This drawing should be a still life study of natural forms. Its entirely up to you what you put into the composition, but think carefully about it, so that you get a range of surface textures and interesting shapes.”
When approaching this assignment the obvious choices are fruit, vegetables, flowers, shells… One Drawing student however chose something entirely different.
Introducing Renate Maas’ chicks.
‘I chose a quite macabre subject: One-day-baby-chicks. I fed them to my cat a few times and each time I thought I should draw them. A bit tired of fruits, plants and vegetables I thought they would be an interesting challenge for drawing natural forms for the assignment. I bought a package of four chicks, but it took some time until I felt prepared to start the project as I found it definitely disgusting, though I was curious about it too.’
Renate made several different studies with different media before choosing for final composition – pencil, moor water, charcoal and pastel on soda craft paper
The subject matter is unusual but it is original and interesting. Renate has pushed and experimented and has found an avenue for further exploration and research. It opens questions up on animal rights and consumerism yet there is an intimacy, a subtlety and softness to the final drawing and you’re not hit in the face with these issues.
For Renate the final piece looked like lovers, and the drawing reminds her of Gustav Klimts’ ‘Liebespaar’
I think what Renate has shown is that it is important not to limit yourself in subject matter, choose things that interest you and challenge yourself. Follow the exercises but look at them as being prescriptive not descriptive and take ownership of your course.