"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Friday, 24 April 2009

Nature Blog Network and Drawing

I also want to thank N8 at Nature Blog Network for his inclusion of Pencil and Leaf in his "Sketch Pad" round up of Artist's Blogs here . To be mentioned alongside these excellent nature artists is an honour.. especially as Leonardo is in the same article.
I often wonder what other people see in drawing. I am very passionate about drawing. I perceive its value extending far beyond just graphite on paper, but I just wanted to include N8's observation because it seems very relevant.

"I have a real appreciation for the pen or pencil or paint to paper abilities of others, and there’s just something about a really nice illustration that says something a photo doesn’t. That’s not to say the skill set necessary in taking a fine photo isn’t impressive but it’s more subtle and sometimes feels more accessible to the amateur photog. In comparison, we’re all aware of the time needed to make a top-notch illustration, the care, the skill, the complete internalization of the subject. It seems more distant, and therefore, more impressive.

It is true that to in order to draw something in detail you really do have to study it. Often, just looking at something properly, from every angle and trying to understand how it is put together can take a good hour.
Sometimes, after spending a whole day on one very small pencil drawing (or even worse spending a whole day and throwing it away), I look at the fabulous colour photographs and astonishing Photoshop tricks of others and wonder why I am doing this. Your kind comments on the blog and this perceptive insight from N8 keep me going.

3 comments:

Shady Gardener said...

Here's a kind comment: Please continue your beautiful work and your blog posts. It is so much fun to see what you're doing and hear all about it, too. I love your hints. Someday, I'm really going to stop running around and settle down! :-) Perhaps I can emulate you!

the word verification: torgized Hmmm wonder what that means? ;;-))

Jain said...

The "Artist Blog here" link didn't work but I searched and found it here, in case anyone's looking:
http://natureblognetwork.com/blog/

Congratulations for sharing a page with Leonardo!

sharp green pencil said...

Thankyou both!! I have amended that link Jain, thanks for that nudge..and I am sure it will be the first and last time I share a page with Leondaro!! But who knows.. !

SG.. Oh if only I COULD settle down!! In a weeks time I am away to the UK for most of May which will disrupt everything again.. but hey a change is as good as a ??? I am about to write a novel based on verification words.. but I am sure it has already been done.:)