What the people need is a way to make them smile,
it ain’t so hard to do if you know how.
the Doobie Brothers
Here are some charcoal drawings from the passed semester.
Our professor really pushed for us to get away from contours and always went on about how little they matter. He preferred that we drew what we felt about or in the pose, rather than what we saw while looking at it. A concept the entire class struggled with and never really worked fully through.
The idea is that what you see isn’t the only thing you get from a visual. If it is, then it is incredibly static and emotionless. My professor stressed the sensory and often told us to make marks we didn’t necessarily understand, but felt were right- to work intuitively, not just from observation.
Over this semester, I’ve come to the realization that all the different visual mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc) are all the same thing. All semester my sculpture professor went on about how he saw drawn marks across the forms I constructed. My drawing instructor told me that I draw like a painter with emphasis on planes rather than contour. And my painting instructor told me he could tell I prefer sculpting just by the way I paint. Along all of this, I began applying techniques specific to a medium to the others and found that it impacted and influence how I work in an amazing way. The best way to diversify your mark is to treat a drawing like a painting, but then decide to treat it like a sculpture as well and let your mind think in terms it wouldn’t come close to in that context otherwise.
I truly love art. It is so versatile and it keeps articulate when I fail to. Art is all I can bare to do or think about and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Isn’t it sad to only know/ be good at one thing?
Not to me. Not when it holds the gravity that art does.