This is typical me. I decide I need to go deeper on a subject, and then I take a big tangent – go off-topic and get a bit lost there… For the sake of some drawing exercises, I copied a drawing by Egon Schiele. I had first been confronted by Schiele’s work as a schoolgirl on a trip to an art gallery – it was rather shocking, but I was seduced by the beautiful, elegant and bold line work, even though I was worried other people would see me looking at the ‘rude’ renderings!
Copying his work, as I’ve been doing over the last week, has reminded me how much I love drawing. There is a deep satisfaction in capturing form on paper. He clearly understood and had studied lots of human ‘forms’! Yet I have always struggled with life-drawing. Classes I attended focussed too much on measuring and technical details – this just stymies me, bores me, tightens up my work and makes it lifeless. I don’t know – perhaps I’m not too worried about accuracy if the figure makes sense? If the lines are beautiful? Perhaps I’m justifying this because I’m too lazy to work through the challenge. At any rate, copying Schiele’s images didn’t require any measuring – they’re already rendered in 2D!
It’s clear I already been influenced by him – it’s why lots of my work has heavy lines and borders on ‘graphic art’ (whatever that means). But I love line and maybe I should just own it!
I need to move on with my work, so am sharing pictures of my copies here, as a marker and a reminder of what I’ve loved and learned from studying Schiele’s drawings.