A Fifth Friday Extra
Getting to Notan
Historically, drawing has been used for studying the subject without intending the drawing to last as a stand-alone work.
[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]On fifth Fridays, Dianne does a special study, sometimes unrelated to the regular series, sometimes incorporating lessons within series. For this Fifth Friday Extra, while watching a video of a little waterfall, she takes you on a journey of discovery, getting to know the falls first with gesture, then with shape and last with value. [/typography]
[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”] Typically, we have two misconceptions about drawing. First, it is wrongly thought that drawing is done to be only to be shown whereas one of the most important uses of drawing is to work out ideas. Second, it is wrongly thought that drawing should be precise whereas when searching out ideas, what becomes important is what the artist discovers rather than the drawing itself.
Drawing is indeed a powerful and delightful mode of expression and creativity. Some of the most moving art works in existence and now being created are drawings. But to limit drawing, or even painting, to production only is to limit potential for discovery. After all, it is through discovery where new ideas are born.
[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”] Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the most beloved artists of all ages used drawing to discover and plan all of his works. Studies for the Last Judgement in the Sistene Chapel in Rome are found HERE, and for the Medici Chapel in Florence, HERE. [/typography]