Tuesday, October 10, 2006

John Howe on drawing

"The transposing of miles of depth on a flat sheet of paper is an exercise in carefully planned folly. Something only the right side of the brain would take on, doomed as it is to glorious defeat.

This is the reason I reach such heights of exasperation (it doesn’t show; inside my dour, expressionless Protestant exterior is an equally dour expressionless interior) when I see people draw using EVERY reflex that the other side of their brain has learned by rote to write. « Loosen up ! » I holler, don’t hold that pencil like you were taking notes ! It’s a magician’s wand, a sword, a conductor’s baton, not a confounded ballpoint ! !

-John Howe in this blogpost


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