Practicing Simplicity in Drawing

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“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” – Blaise Pascal

“Simplify, simplify, simplify, throughout!” – Alex Toth

Generally speaking, if I can’t communicate the general idea with a few lines, I probably don’t really understand the object I’m trying to draw. Break things down. Then break them down more. Once I’m able to make an object recognizable to a reader with just a few lines, then I’m beginning to grasp what makes that thing look the way it does.

Excess is easy. Simplification is hard.

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I’m still not there. But I think I’m getting better.

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Practice simplicity in drawing. When it’s time for detail you’ll know when to stop. You’ll know the life of the object isn’t in the excess.

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