Examples of Interesting Drawings (Sketchbook Ideas #9)

Examples of Interesting Drawings (Sketchbook Ideas #9)
Patricia Hannaway

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.

Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Pans, 2013, Graphite on Paper

 

Barry Coombs

 

Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

Pierre Bonnard

 

Fred Hatt

 

 

Tony Allain

 

Tom Fairs

 

Vincent van Gogh

 

Anders Zorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Alexandra

 

 

 

 

Fred Hatt

 

 

 

Paul Balmer

 

 

Sylvia Plath

 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

 

Tara Leaver
I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.

3 Comments

  1. K 7 months ago

    Inspiring!

  2. John+gregory 7 months ago

    Thank you for sharing these excellently different perspectives.

  3. Sue Krevitt 7 months ago

    Truly,,,,,”All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation…”

    The God we worship is so infinitely Creative! Just look at these Ways, reflected here in
    the Art of Her Creation…these fine Artists, and you, and … me! Hey! WE ARE CREATIONS!

    So wonder-full to ponder.

    Thank you, Polly.

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