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Monday Motivator: Drawing Turns into Painting

By January 28, 2013

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Painting Monday Motivator Quote
"I have a heavy hand for drawing. Whenever I start to do a drawing, it turns into a painting, with crosshatching, shadows and ornamentation."

Quote source: 'Master' by Flanner page 167, quoted in Georges Braque: A Life by Alex Danchev page 198 (Buy Direct).

Another route to crossover from drawing to painting is to use water-soluble pencils and crayons. In recent life-drawing sessions I've been to, I've enjoyed working with water-soluble graphite, taking a wet brush to it to create areas of soft tone. Then working over the top of this again with line. The type of mark making produced varies according to how damp the sheet of paper is: where it's quite damp, the line broadens; where it's dry, the line is crisp and sharp (if your pencil is!).

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