Monday, September 5, 2011

Pencil Portrait of a Young Man

I have been learning to draw my entire life.  From my very first formal class at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at age13, I have been involved in this wonderful, magic adventure.  There is so much to be said about LINE.
There is its movement, its energy, its intensity, its beginnings and its endings, its lightness and its darkness, and even its absence.  John Sloan said "Line is the most powerful device of drawing."  Paul Klee said "A Line is a dot that went for a walk."  And what a walk it can take in our drawings.  It can convey sensitivity and boldness, tranquility and energy, trepidation and confidence.  When we practice drawing we are trying to make the line have life and thus, the drawing have life as well. The adventure can be unending....pick up your pencil and give it a try!

This small sketch was done in about 1 1/2 hour for a Weekend Drawing Event.

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