1) INTRODUCE THE DRAWING IN GENERAL TERMS
•What is the title of the drawing?
•What is the name of the artist?
•What is the year the drawing was done?
•What is the medium? (ie the materials used to produce the picture, for example charcoal on paper, pen and ink etc)
There are lots of fingerprint on the paper.
•What is the subject matter or general theme of the work? (eg is it a figure drawing, a map, a portrait, an autobiographical work, a picture about nature, a drawing of the city etc?)
It is a man.
•What is the purpose of the drawing? (eg Is it a diagram that explains how something works? Does it record accurately record the appearance of something? Does it express the artist's emotion or memory? )
It is trying to show the face of a man by using different levels of tones of the fingerprints.
2) DESCRIBE THE DRAWING IN DETAIL
•How is line used? What does it do/express?
There is no line used.
•How is tone used? What does it do/express?
There are lots of different levels of tone used, from slight white to gray and very dark black, and most of them are gray actually.
By using different levels of tones it makes the contour of a man more extrusive and stands out, makes us easier to figure out which part are his hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin, neck and collarbone.
•What can you say about shape and/or form in this picture? What is the effect?
The form of the picture is quite systematical and mechanical. From it we can see there are lots of fingerprints in the same size put in orderly, and no any overlap. And the artist is using the tones very carefully and trying to connect different levels of tone of the fingerprint together, makes it harmony, trying to make the man being more solid like having three-dimension effects.
•Is texture a feature of the drawing?
YES, even it just simply made by a paper with lots of fingerprints, the texture of the picture is quite soft, smooth and natural. Fingerprints makes everything not really in detail but quite rough and it is between reality and abstraction.
•What can you say about the composition of the drawing? What is the effect of this type of composition on the overall drawing?
The drawing composed a lot of different levels of tone of fingerprints.
It looks like an old photo token a long time before which just with white, gray and black. Also, as it is quite mechanical like a photo printed with lots of dots. And the artist is using his fingerprint instead of using any tools. Not as exquisitely as the photo but roughly give the outline of a man. It is quite abstract but impressive. And we can see the artist was putting lots of effort to create the tones and space, making everything so natural.
•Is rhythm important in this picture? If so, say more about it...
YES, there is rhythm in the picture. As there are lots of fingerprints put in one by one orderly, from slight gray to dark gray by observing different levels of light and space. And the fingerprints create rhythm which makes the mood more harmonious and the overall being so coherent, smooth and natural.
•Is the picture balanced? Explain...
No, it is because the face of the man is a litter bit turn to right, seems that the posture is not balance. Also the light seems coming from left hand side, in which we find some shadow of his nose, face, chin and neck in right hand side but none in left hand side. And the shape of the hair is not balance, right hand side is higher than the left.
•Is perspective used in the picture? If so, describe the way that the illusion of three-dimensional space has been created.
YES, it uses the perspective. The artist is keen in using different levels of tones of fingerprint which create three-dimensional space. In the picture, we can that the slight gray is most spacious and the lightest part, and in contrast, the dark gray is the darkest, intimate and concentrated part of the man. When they come together, it creates some space and pop out the outline of the face of the man clearly. By using the tones, we can easily find out where the light comes from, which part of the man is and how far between different parts of his face is, etc. And makes the man seems a real one and it is solid.
•Is the picture harmonious? If so, in what way?
YES, it is harmonious. As there a lot of different levels of tones of fingerprints put in orderly in a consistent way. Even the tones is different, it is trying to charge the level of tone very slightly and carefully in order to match with the overall image. Finally, everything comes so natural and smooth and harmonious.
•Are there any strong contrasts in the picture? Say more...
YES, there are some strong contrasts in the picture. Especially when it comes to the darkest, intimate and concentrated parts of the man, such as his hair, eyeball, nostril, the shadow of nose and chin and his clothes. Also, comparing with the left hand side which is more brighten and slight gray than the right hand side. We can clearly to observe every part of the left face but it is quite dark and mistiness in the left face which with lots of dark shadow.
3) INTERPRETATION AND EVALUATION
•What is the mood of the drawing? Justify your answer using information from your responses above
The picture seems with nothing special mood and quite rough by only using the dots (fingerprints) to outline a face of a man, but actually, the mood of the drawing would be quite earnest, cautious, calm, stable and intricate… As the whole structure is really complicated, it involves different levels of tones of the fingerprint. And the artist has to pay attention to do every step to figure out which part should put which level of tone in an appropriate way. Undeniably, it needs quite a long time to finish it patiently.
•What does the drawing express? Justify your answer using information from your responses above
It is a sophisticated microscope by using the pointillism. The artist is using different levels of tones of his fingerprint to shape the contour of a man’s face. It seems quite rough, between reality and abstraction. But, it tells us that dots can also make things done, which can make the item quite extrusive by using different level of tones. When we use the tone appropriately it would finally create the three-dimension and space effect. Also, our fingerprint can make a special texture and feeling to the art work with this small dots shape and even the veins. It makes everything being more natural, smooth and unique.
•In your opinion, why is this work interesting/moving/ clever/ imaginative/thought-provoking/......? Choose the adjective(s) that best fit(s) the work, and then justify your conclusion in terms of specific features and qualities of the drawing.
I quite impressed by this art work and I would like to descript it is a sophisticated one.
Obviously, it would be easier for one to draw a man by using a pen or other tools but not the fingerprint. The artist is really a smart and well organized person. As it is difficult by using different level of tones of the fingerprints to express and outline a face of a person. It involves some technical skills, experience and well organized plan before drawing. From the picture, we can see the artist is really keen in using tones which created three-dimension and space of the man. Eventually, it makes a harmonious, smooth and natural feeling to others.