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Re: That unoriginal copycat Picasso

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Maggie White (mwhite)
Fri, 28 Aug 1998 18:28:11 -0700

Doug DuBosque wrote:
> 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).