Drawing Experiment #002

Drawing Experiment #002

How does my drawing style change when I try to incorporate another artist’s “inner rules” into my work?

Pre-Experiment Observations (What I See In The Works Of The Artist I Am Studying)…Many of Takashi Shuji’s drawings have objects that seemed to be contained and compartmentalized within imaginary rectangles and often touch each side. Objects appear side-by-side or on top of each other rather than behind each other. The shapes created around the objects (negative spaces) appear to be as important and as visually interesting as the shapes of the objects themselves. Often a drawing will use only dark and middle values or will have very few light values. Covering the paper seems particularly important since even white is applied as a color.

More Pre-Experiment Observations…(What I See In My Own Works) Many of my drawings sometimes feel more constrained by lessons that I have been taught about traditional perspective and composition. My drawings often place a greater emphasis on creating a realistic three-dimensional representation than an enjoyable two-dimensional composition.

Questions…How does my drawing style change when I try to incorporate some of the “inner rules” of another artist into my own work? Will I become more aware of my own “inner rules”? Will I be able to better evaluate the “taught rules” that I have incorporated over the years?


Post-Experiment Observations…Takashi Shuji is able to create beautifully designed compositions where individual objects or small groupings of objects within imaginary rectangular units. This is something that does not come as easily to me. It seems that the more I fit objects into rectangular units, the more strongly I feel the need to create realistically modeled objects. While I was unable to successfully make a drawing completely like those of Takashi Shuji, I feel that I have opened up new possibilities for future drawings because I am more aware of how I see and how I draw.

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