May 5th, 2009


Linear Digression

I've been thinking about drawing styles - Yesterdayのrandom encounter: Elise, who grimaced at my sketches and then sketched me (above). Impression: Many different kinds of drawing. Her advice : not spend much time on individual sketches yet - draw plenty of them quickly, discard them, move on. Separate drawing styles people seem to use:

  • Sketch - lots of small lines with little individual meaning, they come together to provide everything from shapes to shades. Individual "bad" lines get blended together by the eye into coherent shape (rely more on the brain than reality?). Paintings are a logical descendent of this style?
  • Container - Sharp lines delimit objects, colours and textures are placed inside that.
    • Comic - Caricatures of objects and people, partial symbolism of features of an object (this represents a mouth, a nose, a car, rather than resembles one)
  • Implied - I recently saw a flier for a talk that I missed exploring some classical Japanese art based around providing maximal meaning per-line, rely very strongly on the brain to complete large parts of objects. I am very impressed when I see this kind of thing
Pondering comics as drawing for some kind of a conceptual later stage of visual processing, uncanny valley is when one nears the threshold between real-world parsing and later parsing? Border between comics and other forms of figures is particularly intersting. How much do people need to choose a style when they start, and what skills transfer between them?

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Roger Ebert's "Go gentle into that good night" (another post in his wonderful blog) is rather spiritual by my tastes (in the sense of "I feel it vaguely offends my dignity to be a construct in a physical world and long for things out of the reach of science"), but it's interesting.

Capsacin makes me *very* hungry, mitigating the lack of appetite I've had for the last few weeks.

Holding up both ends of a conversation: ...