This post is to remind you and me that a photorealistic drawing doesn’t make it interesting. Actually, I hardly ever like them. There is nothing there of the artist’s hand to respond to, so I’d rather have a great black and white photo. The most interesting realistic drawing I found was the first one below; they can be found if you look hard enough. However, I’d rather feel the subject pass through the artist, instead of having them mimicking or duplicating something.
Everything else I’ve been collecting that I really like, has more expressive mark making, either stark or smudgy, sketchy, stylized, or scribbly. They flaunt an abbreviated short hand that is an approximation of the artist’s experience or view, hopefully with a little creativity thrown in.
So as I draw, I’m NOT focused on realism, but rather on expressing feelings, freshness, immediacy, and synthesis. I think it is important to own your intention when you sit down to draw, as it is with anything.
Study the images in this post as great examples; I’ve noted the artist where I know them.