This assignment reminded me when I first started taking photography seriously and realized the significance light plays in all art and picture making. The amount and temperature of dark vs. light in an image can literally shift what it says visually from sad to happy, soft to strong, inviting you in or pushing you away, and so forth. The assignment suggested looking at some Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. If you do look at the alphabet and symbols in those cultures you realize the negative space is just as (if not more) critical than the active space in all they do. What a great time, (wish I knew this woman’s name).
Art by Michele Bedigian, medium: brush with ink wash
Exercise in Book: Woman, Random, p 24/25
To celebrate the launch of Veronica Lawlor’s A Drawing A Day Sketchbook Skool klass, the studio 1482 members are doing the exercises from our book One Drawing A Day: A Six Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media. Join us on Facebook!