Sandtoning is a new drawing medium/process created and developed by Azyz Sharafy, Associate
Professor, Art Department, Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas USA.
The research to develop this medium/process started in 2006 after I completed a
series of pen and ink drawing on the topic of Evolution and Creationism. See
The first attempt to use sand instead of ink was made in 2006 as shown
in the image below. The results were very clumsy, clumpy and flat
tonally. I simply used my hand and some crude tools and poured with no
control over the flow of sand. I tried the sand painting process and
still failed to get the tonality that a tonal drawing required. It was
at that time I knew that I had to come up with a better process and
started to experiment and research.
I worked with various tools and explored different ways of
controlling the sand. By late 2006 a new way/process came into my mind
and developed. I started to explore it further with proper
experimentations ending in better results.
To perfect the process and technique it took me another six month and
by 2007 the technique had evolved successfully. I could then control
the even flow of the sand and achieve the various tonal range that I
wanted. The Sandtoning process finally came to life.
The first attempt at using sand to draw 2006
In sand painting, one
uses some metal tools to pour sand on to the surface or
floor. The sands are normally
in one tone or one color. Unlike sand painting, in SANDTONING one can get various
ranges of values, tonal and color gradients .
The main difference lies in the process where one has greater control of
the sand and create the various degree of tonal gradient that is there
in the value chart shown below.
Sandtoned drawings are created by controlling the sand as it is
on to the drawing surface. Traditional artists doing sand painting
do have their tools but the result are very flat color or
monotones/values. Rarely the multiple tonal or color gradients are achieved
in the traditional process.
Value Chart or Tonal effect achieved using the
Sandtoning process 2007
The journey to achieve this was not
easy. The process was not easy. It
end up being very clumpy and flat. Example of an attempt
is shown below;
Early attempts at Sandtoning process 2006
Sandtoning Early 2007
Early results were promising as the exploration of various methods were applied as seen in the above image.
Soon I was bing able to get all the tonal gradient in the process that
I envisioned and perfected. See some old and new examples of drawings
done in the Sandtoning process.
Coming Workshops on Sandtoning
Ghost Tree Sandtoning
Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence Kansas
Web in Progress