New Work

This is my brand-new piece!

This artwork is also made using only white pencils on the wet black paper stretched on the cradled panel. None of any black coloring materials is used. I use several types of white pencils from different makers. For instance, a highly bright white pencil is used to create the highlight for eyes.

A layer of acrylic paint is spread antecedently to preserve the board. That is the reason why some black paint is visible on the back side of the board. Once it is dried, the wet black paper is stretched onto it. I’m using the blackest paper I can find in Japan for this.

The watercolor tapes are applied to cover stapled parts to make the surface even. In this way, even the back side of the product looks clean and beautiful.

The special fixative spray is repeatedly used to make erasure traces inconspicuous. This results color to shift slightly so I repeat the process of drawing and spraying until it reaches the degree of perfect color development.

The artwork is drawn with much more details than it appears in these photos. However, these are the best pictures I can make so far. Please note that it is extremely difficult to take a photograph of something black at close range. The camera mistakes the black color to a night scene or something and it causes the picture to whiten and blur entirely. To avoid that, I hang my artworks on the white wall and take pictures from distance. If you know any better ways to take dark pictures good, please let me know.

Toshihiro Egawa