“Drawing is taking a line for a walk” – Paul Klee
I’m an urban sketcher and this blog reflects that fact with a steady stream of sketches done on location as I wander around the city. If I do “art” at all, this is it.
But I’m also a baseball fan, a Toronto Blue Jays fan to be precise. This is baseball season and that means I record near daily Blue Jays games and I watch them in the evening. While watching I generally have a pen in my hand, cheap sketchbook on my lap. I doodle. I practice drawing parallel lines, drawing ellipses, circles, etc. I consider it the equivalent of a pianist playing scales and I do need the practice.
I was doodling away and the Jays were doing well. One of my few active neurons fired and I remembered seeing faces drawn by artists who let their pen wander around, spending more time in dark tone portions of a face than elsewhere. In doing this they create a face. I thought I’d try it and I have to admit that it was fun to take a line for a walk. Have you ever done this?