"I go for form more than for light. Form comes first. Light is like perfume for me."
April 20, 2014
April 13, 2014
April 04, 2014
"...My concern is to allow one's imagination to develop according to nature; to forget oneself, and to abandon thought, in drawing as well as photography. At the same time allowing the unconscious and one's sensibility to function together so that a geometry, inspired by the subject, can affirm itself into a beauty of form."
- From the afterword by photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson for The Peasant of Paris,by Louis Aragon, with lithographs and photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. (Later in his life Cartier-Bresson set aside his camera to draw.)
March 22, 2014
If you look at a shadow long enough, it tend to grow light. Therefore keep your eye focused on the lights or on the expression, never on the shadows or background.
- Robert Henri, from The Art Spirit
March 16, 2014
Answer: This is where you relinquish your grip on the charcoal. Lighten up; press down; go from the tip to the side and back again; use your whole arm; rotate your wrist, and twirl that charcoal in your fingertips.
David's unhesitating spirit is visible in his lines. When followed by the work of a former student, and another by the renowned architect Louis Kahn, it makes clear that self-expression does not arise from only mastering linear perspective.
|Eiiche's sketch of a subway platform|
March 10, 2014
February 23, 2014
There are no straight lines in the human body. Here Julie navigates the flesh of the model, fluctuating the pressure of the charcoal and rotating her wrist. The contour line bends and sways, while the model holds her pose.
By including a light source, Julie effectively molds the terrain. Note the distinct variation of shadows on a breast - like that of an egg - illustrating that the human body is anything but flat.