Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MeMom&Sis / intro to Drawing as Meditation

While I'm doodling and debating the direction of my next project, here's another family portrait for you to check out!  

Despite what the dark background suggests, this was actually drawn black on white (not scraped out of a black scratchboard).  While it would certainly seem easier to scratch this out of a black scratchboard than fill in the black areas with pen, I've always found the process quite enjoyable.  It becomes a meditative process for me to shade to near black, and always with the aid of music (except, of course, when I've gotten so zoned in that I forget to pick the next album on my ipod or flip the sides of an LP).  In fact, I've just ordered a copy of an old book on the subject... Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck.  Admittedly, I've never heard anything about it other than the Amazon.com reviews, but that's where a quick google search took me.  I feel so strongly about the hypnotic/meditative effect of drawing, that I really wanted to learn more on the subject and figured why not check it out?!

Fingers crossed, and naturally I'll tell you more about it once it arrives and I get to spend some time with the text.  Oh, and happy New Year to you!

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