But there came a day when I scribbled in the margin of a yellow legal pad, effortlessly and unconsciously, and then and there I recognized something new, and something worth exploring.
That scrap of legal paper is long gone, but of my later efforts, the drawing below is similar in tone:
This kind of drawing - intuitive, unplanned, abstract, and easy (don't underestimate easy!) - was a radical departure for me. I even had an affection for it, since so many of my other drawings, or the materials I was using, had become especially difficult endeavors. I wanted to protect the integrity of these new drawings (especially from my own scientific inclination) even as I was attempting to identify what it was that needed protecting. Safeguarding the intuitive process led me to think that these were entirely process-oriented efforts, avoiding goal-oriented thinking as antithetical to their success. (Success in my eyes, anyway, which is all that matters here.) While I tried to avoid an excess of aesthetic critique of the outcomes, I also tried to push their evolution by introducing color or constraints of gesture and style.
The following drawings, while showing a variety of permutations, were all created spontaneously, with no definitive plan, no underlying rough drawing, no tools (such as compass or french curves), and no erasing...
A typical effort in pen:
Adding markers to the pen:
Adding colored markers:
Constraining the overall shape:
Using just pencil:
Confining the style to sweeping strokes:
Straying into representational (if stylized) landscape mode:
Trying broader gestural strokes:
Going for a more textured (furry) look:
I consider every single one a success, at least to some degree, both in the process of their execution and in their aesthetic outcome. I have many more drawings, and a lot more drawing to do!
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