I started the drawing at left with the intentions of creating an oil painting based on the drawing. The drawing was done from a combination of photographs taken around the area which I work.
After working for sometime with digital images I was happy to work with a pencil. Drawing is probably the most important thing to learn in making art.....
"Drawing is the probity of art. To draw does not mean simply to reproduce
contours; drawing does not consist merely of line: drawing is also
expression, the inner form, the plane, modeling. See what remains after
So what Ingres is saying is that the integrity and honesty of your image hangs on how well it is drawn.
Its a great thing that something so important is so easily accessible. All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil, (an eraser would help too), and the smarts to know how to interpret and organize what you see on to that paper. The latter comes with practice and study.....
"Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill."
"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile, and it will do you a world of good."
(Cennino d'Andrea Cennini)
Draw, Antonio, draw – draw and don't waste time! (Michelangelo)
Left and right are pencil drawings from a 5" X 8" sketchbook I always carry with me.