|Random sketches from one of my many sketchbooks.|
This week I've been reading the book, Drawing from Life by Clint Brown and Cheryl McLean. I picked it up at the Half Price Bookstore. According to the sticker on it it was used as a textbook at Luther College, wherever that is. It struck me as odd, do schools usually have textbooks for art classes? Art classes other than Art History and Art Appreciation that is. From what I've heard from almost everybody who's ever gone to art school, a textbook could greatly enhance the education experience. I know my drawing professor was a huge waste of time and money but I had no choice, she was all there was. She didn't ever teach us anything except bits and pieces of the Japanese alphabet, which is better than nothing I guess.
The book is fairly well written with lots of drawing examples to help explain the text. It even went so far as to define sketch vs. drawing. "To sketch implies quickly conjuring or expressing in rough form the essentials of an idea or subject, without a great deal of refinement." "Drawing is an evolutionary process that includes beginning, defining, and refining stages. These stages and their sequence are rarely apparent in a highly finished work."
It goes on to explain how most artists keep their exploratory sketches for their eyes only. "Historians have discovered that Michelangelo Buonarroti actually destroyed many of his rough sketches and working drawings, preferring the world not know how arduously he had labored in the development of some of his ideas."
I can certainly understand the magician not wanting to show everyone how he does his tricks but we all know the magician doesn't take the stage without practicing their act.
|Edward Hopper sketches from Drawing from Life.|