Drawing is the the fundamental basis of painting. Drawing an object lets us understand it, know it and learn more about it’s structure. You can understand how light falls upon an object and can play tricks with our perception by drawing it. Picasso used to say, ‘ I do not paint what I see I paint what I know.’ ‘Knowing’ an object well allows us to depict it. It might not look like a photographic representation, it could be more abstracted, more creative way, yet still retaining the fundamental essence of what that object is.
If you want to be more creative with your drawing, or want to push your drawing more towards an individual, abstracted response, try a one of these ideas.
Start by taking an object, maybe an interesting vase, and make a quick large sketch of it. Change your view point and draw it again, but this time draw it directly on top of the previous drawing. Do this a number of times from different angles. How extreme you want to make the viewing angle is up to you – experiment. After completing say five sketches look at the mass of lines you have and start selecting. Do this with a bolder line, by selecting what you believe to be the more significant lines. You should end up with a drawing that sums up the experience of moving around the object. You should see the object from all angles in its full glory.
Another idea is a variation on the idea above. Pick up an object you are not familiar with and hold it behind your back. Place your pencil in the middle of the paper and close your eyes. Roll the object around in your fingers. Draw what you feel, but do not open your eyes. Imagine the object from different viewpoints – still feeling the object in your hand -and draw a number of these again on top of each other. This idea is about how your brain visualises purely tactile messages into a visual image. Be open minded about the result. Try lots of objects – experiment. I am sure you can come up with lots of other ideas for exploring drawing, – let me know and I might publish them here.
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