Drawing Is Not Seeing, It Is Feeling

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I was teaching today at SAW, considering the act of drawing, then tonight I sat down to read “The Prophet,” and I realized something about drawing that is very important.

Drawing is not about seeing, nor about training your hand to move. Drawing is about feeling, feeling the flesh of the person you are drawing, feeling the roll of a barrel with your brush, feeling the bark on the trees as you carve them out on the paper. When I draw, when I ink, my brush never touches the page, it penetrates into the space, into the depth of the image, and it feels the world I am creating into being.

The challenge of course, is how to pass that along to the student.

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