Doug DuBosque wrote:
<snip> > According to illustrator Marshall Arisman (one of my "professors"), (Picasso's) > technique was to start with a photo or other reference material, trace the > main lines, then abandon the photo, trace the tracing, again simplifying, > and so on until after five or six tracings he ended up with a wonderfully > minimal but evocative final drawing. > > Tracing is about as unoriginal as you can get in drawing. What makes > tracing a tracing of a tracing so original?
Knowing which lines to trace, which to keep, and which to discard. ;)
Seriously, I've always believed that the ability to reduce something
complex to a bare minimum of lines is the most elegant art there is (a
la Picasso and Matisse).