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Function and Drawing
Less Conventional Forms of Drawing
The Prinzhorn Collection
a definition (1770)
|Examples of Good Practice|
The Grits Mill 1622, engraving
The `First Four Rows, 1864
The formation of a line by drawing some tracing instrument from point to
point of a surface; representation by lines; delineation; That which is
drawn, a delineation by pen, pencil or crayon.
1668 ; a sketch.
See also Drawing Knife, Drawing Master.
Drawing is "going for a walk with a line" Paul Klee.
"It is characteristic of all my drawings that the paper `opens up' and that its whiteness (or blackness) is regarded as an area or space of light and atmosphere, in which energies, represented by the dot, crystallise in forms partially suggested by outline." Claes Oldenburg.
"Drawings are the first ideas of a painter, the first flash of his imagination, his style, his spirit, his way of thinking. A painter while painting corrects himself and restrains the impulse of his genius, while making a drawing, he dashes off the first flash of his thoughts, he shows himself he is. A painter's way of drawing is as distinctive as handwriting and much more revealing than a writer's style." Dezallier d'Argenville.
"Does the line possess order to the others or is the mark maker lost - is it the cut line in stone - the hard line of mill iron - to make a mark - to set a stroke - which demands its space; to defile the white sheet or make the mark of honor - are these the strokes that elicit sympathy or are these the strokes that isolate the difference - who are you making them for - you and who else ?" David Smith.
"The line of contour should be closed, continuous and should end so as to promise more forms beyond itself and also to make evident the parts which it hides or implies." Xenocrates of Sicyon. "Drawing is the basis and theory of painting and sculpture." Ghiberti "Drawing should give the eye in the shape of a demonstration the intention and invention first first conceived by its image. Line has not matter in it or any other substance, but since it is thus conditioned, it takes up no room. Contour is a surface which is neither of the body nor a part of the atmosphere, but a medium interposed between the atmosphere and the body." Leonardo.
" For me, drawing's uniqueness has something to do with the fundamental activity of actually trying to lay a ghost or exorcise oneself. I like to have a dialogue with the drawing, to let the drawing tell me something." Ralph Steadman
"Drawing is the probity of art." J.A.D.Ingres.
"Certain Japanese formalities seem close to me, such as the beginning of a stroke outside the paper continuing through the drawing space, to project beyond, so that in the included part it possesses both the power of the origin and the projection. This produces the impression of strength and if drops fall they become attributes or relationships."David Smith, American sculptor.
"By now I had developed a drawing style that was not easily printable in newspapers, so I concentrated on magazines. This necessitated abandoning topical subject matter and finding material with a shelf-life of at least six weeks." John Glashan,UK
SOME EXAMPLES OF BRITISH PEN DRAWING
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