isn’t that my drawing on the floor?

well, parts of it.  As you can see, I love to erase. Actually, I think of it more as drawing with a skinny stick of rubber.  I just bought a new little gizmo that holds these round white erasers in a holder, and you click it like a mechanical pencil.  Sweet.

But I digress.

fallen crumbs of drawing.. plus a small cobweb it looks like

There are several ways to modulate a line when drawing, which is another way of saying, to make it more expressive and responsive to the subject.

One technique involves learning how to alter the pressure of your touch when you are moving the medium over the paper. Pushing and releasing as the line is moving along, and perhaps turning your hand as you go.

Another method would be redrawing the same line again, but adding bulk or weight in certain places.

Then there is the reductive approach. Which can happen at any time, really.  This involves using an eraser to carve away at parts of a line, or erasing the line and redrawing it slightly shifted to another place.  You can see evidence of this kind of work in Matisse and Diebenkorn, and many other artists’  drawings.  The ghost of the former line creates a visible history of the artist’s process.

this is what brought the end results of all those erasures on the floor… I’ve been carving some lines.   Do you draw?  Is the eraser your friend too?

 

p.s. I think it’s a hoot that there is a Wikipedia entry about erasers!

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About nerskine

I've been a painter for about 30 years. I also draw and make monotypes, linocuts and other prints. I like tangled stuff.
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