Drawing – Can Your Ear Inspire You?

PENTAX Image

PENTAX Image

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities, purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Some of you may have seen this quote before on my Facebook page.  I will repeat it for those who haven’t and just because I love it so much!

After reading this quote, I became inspired and decided to draw to music in charcoal. The top drawing was done to a Metallica track and the bottom drawing to a romantic Bach piece.  How different they are, one lively and curvo-linear and the other geometric and fragmented.  I love both of them!

EXERCISE

Put on the wildest craziest track you know.  Block out the world and go for it!  Willow charcoal is best because you can go back into it with an eraser or fingers if you like.   Next put on something completely different, something you don’t usually play.  Perhaps an old song loved by your parents.  The nostalgia of something heard repeatedly in childhood can reveal some amazing marks!  TIP: This is best done BIG using butcher’s paper and working on an easel.

If you like, you can take these drawings further; they can then eventually form the basis of a larger abstract piece.

Don’t forget to mail me your stuff at: christine@zenschool.com.au

’till next time 🙂

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