While I can draw with reasonable ‘camera accuracy’, I’ve long been much more interested in expressive drawing that bends or distorts proportion to better convey emotion and the unique 'hand' of the artist. Earlier this year, I rediscovered my love of drawing, and my recent series about the textures, flux and mystery of ports features a lot of drawing.
“Traces of Peoples, Industry and Dreams” (detail) (acrylic and graphite on canvas, 36"x72", $5800, available at time of posting)
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Here are some of my favourite thoughts on this topic:
"Believe it or not, I can actually draw." - Jean-Michel Basquiat
"Once I start making marks on the paper, it becomes more about responding to these marks and less about copying the image." - Mark Demsteader
"The next phase will be to draw, draw, and draw again, until somehow the alchemy happens. That's when I've so internalized the gesture and feel of the relationship, I will no longer need to work from my photos and will be able to freely imagine and play with all the elements to convey the spirit of what I'm after." - Margot Hattingh
"Realize that a drawing is not a copy. It is a construction in very different materials. A drawing is an invention." - Robert Henri
"Drawing is not following a line on the model, it is drawing your sense of the thing." - Rober Henri
"I draw what I feel in my body." - Barbara Hepworth
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Are you interested in expressive drawing? Not sure how to begin? Next week, I'll share some tips and recommended books on the topic.