Sunday, June 19, 2011
The art of drawing
I am of the school of thought that the fundamentals of drawing are essential to all areas of art, whether realism or abstraction. My training was very much dedicated to learning to draw well and to draw daily. If my drawing was wrong, I had to start over again and get it right. I had to begin with basics and work slowly and steadily progressing from simple objects to complex pieces. At the time, I didn't always want to do the work, but now I know why I had to and can reap the benefits of that training.
In some of the daily painting movement that seems to have taken over, the art of drawing has lost its place. Society wants instant results and a common problem that I find in people I teach is that they don't want to take time to learn the fundamentals. They want to get straight on to painting. As a result, they struggle with the painting, adjusting and readjusting lines and shapes, not having any structure on which to pin their paint.
Would you build a house without a plan? Start a business with no direction? So why jump into a painting without the underpinning of a drawing? The minimizing of drawing skills is cheating the world and artists of a skill and an art form that has been handed down for thousands of years. I have worked hard to develop my skill and continue to work hard to maintain it. It is the backbone of every piece of art that I produce.
This pelican drawing was done this morning in a 9 x 12 sketchbook using graphite. Each drawing is a puzzle to solve in shapes and should be an essential part of every artist's arsenal of tools.