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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Two Approaches

This drawing was done in about 35 minutes with no pre-thought or pencil planning. For that reason, I didn't get to the objects that drew me to this scene: two guitars in the foreground; several shelves of cowboy boots and a motorcycle helmet. I started at the top and worked my way down, drawing the upper coats too large to include all the cool things nearer the floor.

The other drawing, below, took several hours, and I sketched the basic shapes first, beginning with the totem pole, in pencil, and did hardly any hatching.

I understand the whole "drawing is about the process, not the product" premise, but I don't feel a need to choose one over the other. A quick sketch is like a poem, or a journal note to oneself. But I also like to write prose for someone else to enjoy. I think there's room for self-gratifying quickies, but I also like the slow, obsessive attention to detail approach.

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