Tuesday, August 27, 2013

THE ART AND TECHNIQUE OF PUSHING A STRING!

STRING DRAWING #1

STRING DRAWING #2

STRING DRAWING #3

Want to try something fun?  In my latest drawing book, there was this exercise to dip a strand of a rag mop into ink, hold it at the end and draw with it.  I loved the idea and the challenge.  I think the results have a wonderful quality to them I couldn't get any other way.  This is an excellent way to learn to simplify a subject.  It's not possible to put in little details.  The string won't behave!!!  This process builds your patience, concentration, ingenuity and on and on and on.  You will never get the same results twice.  I started this blog with a drawing I did from a tennis ball dipped in ink.  Hmmmm, what else will make an interesting mark?  

9 comments:

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

Fascinating idea! Last night I tried some quick draws at life drawing studio with a twig in acrylic ink. Very humbling...

CrimsonLeaves said...

Good golly, Myrna! What can't you do? I love that you are always pushing yourself to expand your creative boundaries. Had I attempted this you would have Rohrschach blots.

Coreopsis said...

And what beautiful, expressive marks they are! I think I'll have to try this!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sherry, keep up drawing from life. Nothing like it. Try string drawing, too.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Sherry, I bet you could do an interesting drawing. All my students did one with excellent results.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Coreopsis, be sure and send me the results of your string drawing.

Ruth Armitage said...

Hi Myrna,
I love this idea and I'm excited to give it a try! Just out of curiosity, what book did you find it in? I'm always on the lookout for new books!

Myrna Wacknov said...

Hi Ruth! JUST DRAW IT by Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp published by BARRONS. There are some different fun exercises in the book but this one has really helped me a lot because if forces me to simplify. One new idea can change everything!

RH Carpenter said...

Myrna, you are always pushing the...um...string!!!! And a tennis ball? Thinking of the US Open Tennis Matches? ha ha Such fun and you could draw with a stick and mud, I know you could!

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