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Member # 2071
 - posted June 09, 2010 07:31
"Draw, Antonio; draw, Antonio; draw and don’t waste time." Michaelangelo Buonarroti to his pupil
“Drawing is taking a line for a walk” Paul Klee
I love drawings. Nothing is more personal, or gets you closer to the artist than his or her drawings. Sketching was the most enjoyable and memorable thing I did in school art lessons, even though I was not either skilled or an artist, because a large part of it was teaching you to peel back your eyeballs, look, and see what is actually there, as opposed to what your mind tells you is there. Drawings appeal to something deep in us, all children love to draw until they get old enough to be self critical and embarrassed. There is a direct line back from them to the scratchings on cave walls by early man.

For some technically gifted artists drawings can be a high wire act of dazzling virtuosity. Picasso is one of these, and if you are ever in Paris visit The Picasso Museum, it's a lovely small museum, and completely turned me on to this amazing man. If you dig around in that web site you can find a lot of his drawings.

Other artists who don't possess such phenomenal skill are just as interesting and perhaps more moving. There is something wonderful about making something beautiful out of imperfections, and having the bravery to display your vulnerability so nakedly. So I love the blotches and wonky lines in David Hockney's work. Here is that film of his iPhone drawings, (and yes now he loves his iPad now even more)!

I could ramble on almost indefinitely about others, Quentin Blake, Ronald Searle, Javier Mariscal etc etc, but there's actually a point to this post and I'd better get to it before you fall asleep. On the whole drawings do not attract the same attention as painting or sculpture for all sorts of reasons, and this means that there is an absolutely wonderful exhibition of Italian Renaissance Drawings in the Reading Room at the British Museum until July 25th, and it's not hard to get into. I booked tickets one day in advance, but I could have got them on the door. There is so much wonderful stuff there that it is hard to pick out highlights, but I know you will enjoy Leonardo's work including some sketches of a baby wrestling with a kitten. I assume this will travel around the world. If you can, do go and see it. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, because at a sale recently some renaissance drawings fetched such high prices as to render the cost of insuring any future exhibition prohibitive.
Member # 111
 - posted June 14, 2010 10:34
I really love the iPad for it's sketchbookiness. I did a few iPhone drawings, but I didn't like dealing with the small screen, it was hard on my eyes. The iPad is great! I would really love a device that is like the iPad, with it's sole function being a painting and drawing machine, with a stylus that has fibres like a brush.

I prefer Sketchbook Pro over Brushes. Steve Jobs is right, the finger is much better than a stylus. I bought a stylus just to use as a brush, and I think I lasted about 2 minutes. Using your finger is a far better experience.

That sounds like an interesting show! I'm going to keep my eye out for it if it comes around here.
Member # 4289
 - posted June 14, 2010 16:49
Calli - it is very unlikely that I will be able to visit the BM anytime soon,which is a shame.

On a positive note - your post leads me to believe that you have within you a properly-researched and interesting essay on drawing that would be well-received, should you choose to write it.

For myself, two words suffice - Albrecht Dürer.
Cap'n Vic
Member # 1477
 - posted June 18, 2010 16:02
Originally posted by Nitrozac:
Using your finger is a far better experience.

I hope Snaggy doesn't read this thread.

Member # 3166
 - posted August 26, 2010 09:38
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Originally posted by Nitrozac:
Using your finger is a far better experience.

I hope Snaggy doesn't read this thread.


Nice one, Vic! Expecially the smiley...

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