A new piece by me over yonder, talking about the US Postal Service.
Today I’m going to spend more time drawing but not simply because I need the practice. I find pulling faces around to see if I can find a caricature quite relaxing and I definitely need a little of that after the whole ebook disappointment. (I mean: really? None?)
Caricature intrigues me. I bought a book recently which “teaches” the art but it’s not always easy abstracting a skill so it appears mechanical. Find the right shape of head, they say, and then identify how the person you’re caricaturing differs from the norm. Then emphasises those features… I wish it was that easy.
Or, of course, there are videos on Youtube of people drawing caricatures and nailing the likeness witin about ten strokes of the pen. I wish I could do that. I hope I’ll be able to do that if I keep practicing. It’s certainly easier than it was a few years ago but I’m still too far from where I’d like to me. I still hold onto the belief that it’s like so much “craft”, in that it is a skill that comes down to mechanical operations. Once it becomes art, it heads into the “you’re either born with it or your not” which I’ve never entirely trusted.
I guess I don’t have a particularly spirtiual outlook on anything, least of all art. I prefer to think of “gifts” as operations that come to a lucky few very quickly. As for “genius”, that’s really defined by how others view work. The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous painting on the planet yet I have no idea why. Nor, for that matter, do I know why Da Vinci is held higher than Michelangelo, though I do have a huge soft spot for his drawings. I suspect that great works of art just tick the right boxes for the people looking at them. Da Vinci didn’t understand the postmodern condition but his work has a wide enough range of interpretations that it becomes very postmodern: obsessed, as we are, with the gaze, ambiguity, and then whole game we play with icons.
I digressing. I was just meaning to write a brief blog post saying Im drawing today; trying to progress further up the skill tree, rather than dwelling on how I’m somewhere just around the roots…