Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer
I tried drawing using the computer once, but it was kind of like drawing with a pencil in your butt. Awkward. And after a while, your knees give out.

I'm pretty much a 3-D guy now. Any studies I do, I do in clay or wax. For figures,  I'll use sticks and hot glue for the armature. Most times I'll just go with what is in my head directly. Lately, though, I've been thinking of taking pencil to paper again. Oh, I'll never be a Dürer, or or a DaVinci, or a Rembrandt, and my rationalization to compensate for that is that I am willing to sacrifice anatomical fidelity in exchange for drama (even when the characters are stiff and wooden). Regardless, I am interested again, and it boils down to correcting a student's drawing. She had been given the assignment of drawing her neighboring student and produced a portrait that basically looked like her subject, if, you know, her subject had had a cerebrovascular accident.
So I fixed it for her. And that got me started. Now I want to draw things again.


  1. Sounds like you prefer to draw figures rather than landscapes or objects...hard to make them look good...of course, you could go for the weird look and call them a representation...

  2. I wanted to say something enlightening, but I can't get rid of the "drawing with a pencil in your butt" image. Ouch!