Along with prehistoric man, young children seem to be driven to mark-making and they do it without inhibition. They don’t question whether their scribbling is ‘good enough’ or whether they are going about it the right way – until much later!
I must admit, I’ve worried about my drawing. I often don’t seem to be able to get the line that I wanted the first time round. I often seem to ‘feel my way’ to the line I was looking for, with the result that my drawings can be messy in the extreme.
So I was really heartened when Ann Buckner, a watercolour artist whose work I admire, described on her blog how she achieves that most tricky of drawing challenges, the perfect ellipse! She describes the process here.
I think it would be wonderful beyond words to always be able to hit the right spot first time round. Some artists can – I suspect Durer did - although we don’t know for sure whether he actually did. Maybe he just had a very good eraser!
Annigoni, on the other hand, lets his initial exploratory marks remain – giving people like me hope that our art can still be worthwhile, even though we draw in a way that may seem to suggest less confidence.
So – how do you draw?
Do you work slowly and meticulously, revelling in getting tiny details correct first time?
Or do you prefer the increased energy of a quickly carried out sketch?
Does it really matter?
What do you think?