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Brace's imagery is composed and rendered from the artist's imagination.
Powdered charcoal moves easily on the smooth surface of matte polyester, which allows for great spontaneity and also great specificity and detail.
For small drawings, a field of tone is applied to the image area. The charcoal is then removed to reveal lighter values until a scene suggests itself. Tone is added, but it is through the subtractive process that the image comes slowly into focus, not unlike the sharpening of a camera lens. The image is refined until the space and subject are fully present.
A preliminary study may precede larger drawings. Tiny bits and pieces of images from a wide range of sources are combined in an explorative collage. From initial chaos, an image is suggested and then refined during the drawing process.
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