“simplify. then add lightness.” colin chapman
(british design engineer, inventor & founder of lotus cars)
inspired by those words, one of my favourite topics is:
“new forms of expression by drawing less - the fascination of leaving it out"
goals: 1. work less 2. see more 3. enjoy the discoveries:-)
how do we do that?
people. places. things.
everything we experience in the urban landscape:-)
don’t draw everything! :-)
look. carefully. what spontaneously attracts your attention? draw that!
find the unique characteristics which make your subject stand out. accentuate those. shapes, colours, action, movement, graphics, objects, etc….
specific details make simple lines become interesting, indicate what you’re really looking at, closely.
there’s always a difference. look for the changes: in viewpoint, perspective, color- warm/ cold, value- dark/ light. play a game with it. what happens if you leave them out? what happens if you emphasise them?
don’t repeat! no 2 windows, doors, eyes, headlights, sides of a face, are alike. (that’s an impossibility). why draw them that way?
don’t separate what’s jumbled up. jumbled together is a natural state, well organised is less so. (sometimes we think too much:-)