Drawing and Your Handwriting

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Eugene Delacroix, Study of Lions. Graphite, David Adler Collection, Art Institute of Chicago

“If it is necessary to rough cast with a broom, it is necessary to finish off with a needle”. Eugene Delacroix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix

Each of us is unique!

When we write, it is with a distinctly different style to everyone else.  We express our writing craziness subconsciously.

Most, if not all of us, write in 2 different ways.  If you scribble a note to a friend, this could be called “intuitive” or “free writing”.  When you do your best writing on a card to your parents, you use what could be called “controlled” or “analytical writing”.

The “scribble” or “intuitive” style is usually drawn first in an attempt to grasp the essence, the spirit or the feeling of what we are drawing. The “controlled” style comes into play when we want to refine, sharpen and crystallize what we have drawn after we have scribbled the gesture of what we want to draw.

The free drawing style could be described as quick, sketchy, confident, impulsive and loose.  The controlled style could be described as precise, careful, detailed, cautious, patient and deliberate.

It helps to keep these two styles apart, otherwise the “controlled” style  blocks the loose scribble that we need to start off with.

Take the above example from Eugene Delacroix.  In this study of the lion, he has used the free hand to feel out the forms early in the drawing.  The random, repeated marks over the foreleg reinforce the form.

The first lines are vague and loose yet give direction for the more accurate lines to follow. Lots of stopping and starting feeling out lines in your drawing followed by strong focusing indicate confidence, flexibility and liveliness.

Oh to have a drawing jumping off the page with liveliness!  Oh to have the picture surface vibrate!


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