21 January, 2010
How do you capture the beat of a heart or the spin of bodies in space? How do you capture the momentary flip of a dress as the flamenco dancer twists and turns? The quick clamor of cymbals and the tilt of the head...
How do you do it? Do you begin with an energetic splash of ink and paint the details in secondary? Do you start with a few essential details, and then splash the rest in as an energetic after-thought? What of pencil or charcoal?
Someone(Henryk) recently told me about using a bottle of powdered charcoal to smear with fingers on the canvas. That might be a technique to get immediately into the thrust of the motion without fussing too much on the details too soon.
An energetic charcoal:
I think that even drawing lines must require a bit of stopping to listen and feel what is going on. If you don't do so things can get carried far from their original design, or vision quickly and require repairs or reversing steps. This is the paradox of vitality. It must be quick to pay attention, but wrought with thought and focus.
Posted by Brian Anderson at 1/21/2010