Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The working tools
Sketchbooks are my working tools. I keep a sketchbook near to try out ideas and compositions and as with most paintings, a drawing is the first step. This fish I found in a market in Saint John. I think its a gar, but perhaps someone can correct me. If I hadn't been on holiday, I would have bought it and printed it! Instead I had to confine myself to sketching.
Tools for creating art are what you make them do for you. Supports can vary from the most primitive to the most elaborate as can mediums and tools to make marks with. One is no better than the other, although a degree of snob appeal for branding is present in some artists, no different than there is in clothing that people like to showcase as status symbols. Tools don't 'cheat', they provide shortcuts to lessen the amount of time tedious work takes to complete. I can't be persuaded that just because an artist lived 200 or 400 years ago that they wouldn't have jumped at the chance to shorten the time it took to enlarge a drawing or use a reference photo instead of freezing themselves in the cold and rain trying to duplicate the exact weather and light conditions for a scene.