Friday, March 25, 2011

why draw

A great and moving post from Roger Ebert here.

He fondly recalls Annette Goodheart's lesson (and admits that it is what he remembers she said, not necessarily what she said, which I like):

Begin with a proper sketch book. Draw in ink. Finish each drawing you begin, and keep every drawing you finish. No erasing, no ripping out a page, no covering a page with angry scribbles. What you draw is an invaluable and unique representation of how you saw at that moment in that place according to your abilities. That's all we want. We already know what a dog really looks like. ...

I found this was a benefit that rendered the quality of my drawings irrelevant. Whether they were good or bad had nothing to do with their most valuable asset: They were a means of experiencing a place or a moment more deeply.

All makes me want to draw out in the world more.

My sketch doesn't look like me but it feels like me when I drew it.

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