It illustrates how readily adaptable these geometric designs might be.
That is all there is of those early studies but, having had to reconstruct them quickly, it may well spur me to see how one or more of them might be developed as suggested in the sketch immediately above.
This first exercise did not have any construction lines associated with it, as can be seen here.
Although there are some advantages to working with a computer, it is unlikely I would have made the same mistake had it been drafted.
The second sketch probably doesn’t belong on these pages, but is placed here as a notional fountain design based again on the same pattern.
The studies which follow are all based on patterns I saw and explored, and I thought it might be useful to place them here for the record.
Unfortunately there is no record of the examples they were taken from, so they will just have to stand as drafting exercises.
You can see there is some blotting at the beginning of lines – look at the red lines top right – as well as a little unevenness in line thickness.
I believe I never went over any lines twice as that had a considerable effect on the outcome.These studies began a long time ago and derived from an interest I have always had in mathematics in general, and geometry in particular.Recently I came across a couple of studies that were among the first I carried out; some others have been lost and some are in private ownership.At this degree of magnification it is possible to see how the grain of the paper, a smooth cartridge, interacts with the ink from the drafting pen.It is probable that the two pens used here were 0.2mm and 0.5mm Rapidographs, but I’m not absolutely sure after the passing of over thirty years.The underlying pattern does not have to be drawn in as much detail as I have shown, but there was something contemplative about this type of drawing that encouraged me to produce similar over-complex constructions, and that can be seen in many of the sketches on these pages.