Any memories of a pear, a Chianti bottle, and a bicycle wheel propped, draped, lit, and placed in front of you on a rainy Monday morning? Ring any bells? Art class and the mandatory still life.
What I think makes this time-honored and very useful drawing exercise somewhat more interesting, is the freedom to choose the elements and choose the placement of the elements. Kind of a no brainer. So, here is a time-worn marionette, a war-torn miniature bird house, and a pig candle. Two twelve-year-old friends agreed upon these objects and took charge of the composition. Point# 1:Participation equals investment.
Point# 2: The approach is similar but the two drawings are so very delightfully different from one another. Both are well done. Both artists have had the same instruction. They are the same age. But look at how each work conveys the sensibilities of each artist. Look at the expressions of the marionette faces in the drawings. One artist made a choice to ignore the drape, the other made it part of the composition. One chose to embellish the marionette’s clothing, and the other chose to ignore the pattern on the shirt. One has marionette strings and the other has no strings. Look at the unique energy of the pencil strokes in each drawing.
My mantra in the studio is “draw what you see with your eyes, not with the shortcut your brain wants you to take”, and that’s good advice I think, for an exercise in drawing. Ultimately however, our eyes need our brains and we do see differently. I find this fact absolutely thrilling.
Nice work Kate and Audrey!