Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Negative Space Drawing

I came upon this little discussion of negative space and negative drawing.

I think the example Sibley gives of how beginning a drawing with contour and negative space definition can lead to a much better end result might be an interesting way to incorporate what we're going through now in future work.

Check it out at the bottom of the linked page.

Hope you find it interesting.

It's over at the Art Instruction Blog

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jim Dine

Jim Dine is considered one of the figureheads of the pop-art movement (exhibited along with Andy Warhol who is probably the most famous contemporary). I was recommended to check out his work by a friend. Much of his work is the simple re-creation of "mundane" everyday objects in interesting and dynamic ways. Below I've included an excerpt from the National Gallery of Art's exhibition bio along with a link to a collection of his works and a sample.

Once again, some images may be NSFW.

Drawing is not an exercise.
Exercise is sitting on a stationary bicycle and going nowhere.
Drawing is being on a bicycle and taking a journey.
For me to succeed in drawing, I must go fast and arrive somewhere.
The quest is to keep the thing alive...
--Jim Dine, 2003

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Norman Foster

On a more sketch/drawing oriented note. I found this gallery of sketches by architect Norman Foster from the El Pais website. They show the quick study sketches of extremely low level design elements such as window panes, extremely high level concepts of whole buildings, and even quick sketches to think about the view out the windows for people in their offices. I love interesting and dynamic takes on the art of architecture, so this really shows the range a sketch artist needs to investigate the architecture world. It also shows how quick gestures really can be all that's necessary. Perfection's not always the goal.

David Meanix

I thought I'd kick off this semester's posts by pointing out an artist that I thought had some really interesting pieces (not drawings in this particular case but it may be inspiration). In my opinion, the most interesting works are the human mosaic works. He takes photos of a person's face from many different angles, cuts up those photos, and arranges them on a papier mache mask to form mosaic tile like versions of a person. It is a pretty interesting effect. If you've ever seen the HBO series Six Feet Under, Meanix was had some of these human mosaic pieces commissioned for use in the final two seasons.

You can find the works in the art tab linked to from his home page.

Warning: Some pictures in the gallery are graphic in nature / NSFW.