Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Drawing Day 2009 Drawings and Undrawings

Drawing 1 to 10

Drawing 11 to 20

Undrawing 21 to 25

See the completed drawings.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

7 Drawings from March 29th, 2009

7 Drawings from March 29th 2009 from Pixo Hammer on Vimeo.

Being Pictorial

There is a wonderful write up at Saatchi Online by Matthew Collings on the Picasso exhibit at the National Gallery in London.

It is the work of Picasso that has inspired me to draw. The following text from the essay speaks to the reasons.

... old masters are profoundly abstract but modern art is explicitly abstract.

Picasso is always a lesson about reading the past. The lesson is that some visual traditions run out and become impossible but some remain powerful and modern art isolates and emphasises them.

The word for what a painting essentially is, as opposed to what is depicted, is "pictorial," and it's the pictorial realm that Picasso is the king of, not the sex realm or free-thinking law breaker realm.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thinking About Drawing


Drawing is
        coming together
        forming colourable areas
        sculpting pictorial spaces
        giving rise to visual parts.

Drawing is
visual parts
        coming together
        forming pictorial objects.

Lines Coming Together

Coming together,
one line at a time,
touching or not,
crossing or not,
connected or not.


An open line
A line with one end touching itself

A line crossing itself

A closed line, connecting on its ends

Two closed lines, side by side

Two closed lines, touching
Two closed lines crossing each other

One closed line with a second line touch the first on both ends

Two closed lines, one inside the other
One closed line with a second line touching the first on one end
One closed line with a second line touching the first on one end and crossing it multiple times
Two open lines crossing each other multiple times
Four open lines touching and crossing one another
Many open lines, unconnected, floating in parallel
Many lines, connected

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Forming Colourable Areas

A Colourable area is
pictorial space bounded by lines
            to hold colours.

A Closed area has
closed boundary,
            can receive a single colour.

An Open area has
partial boundary -
open for interpretation.
            Colour gradation naturally occurs
            at undefined border.

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Sculpting Pictorial Spaces

A space is not pictorial


Growing is to

add lines

forming new areas

previously unoccupied.

Dividing is to

adds lines

carving new areas

within existing areas.

Joining is to

add lines

pulling together

unconnected areas.

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Visual Parts

Visual parts are
        when lines come together
        in a certain way.

Visual parts are
        for constructing pictorial objects.

Visual parts are
        not unlike alphabets
        to English words.

        And not unlike radicals
        to Chinese characters.

To see more, follow this link.

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Parts Coming Together

Line by line,
parts form.

Part by part,
objects form.

Not unlike alphabets
forming English words.

Not unlike radicals
forming Chinese characters.

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To see more, go to the 10,000 Page Colouring Book.

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