A (Life) drawing teaching slideshow

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a brief Life Class slideshow  – this one to accompany:

Jonathan Ellis

(Life) Drawing notes for Paulinas

Edgar Degas

Drawing is not the same as form; it is a way of seeing form

Henri Matisse

Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence


Matisse does a drawing, then he recopies it.  He recopies it five time, each time with cleaner lines.  he is persuaded that he last one, the most spare, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and yet, usually it’s the first.  When it comes to drawing, nothing is better than the first sketch


In Mondrian’s scaffold drawings

you follow the movements of lines in a force-field of expression – you no longer ask whether a picture is finished.

Max Leibermann

The art of drawing is the art of omission.


Leon Polk Smith

Draw on both sides of the line, not just what you’re enclosing. The shape you’re making on the outside is as important as the one you’re making on the inside. Get into the habit of thinking that you are drawing two forms, one on either side of the line


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