Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Four students from Albrecht's drawing course at the Swabian Alps.

I am a big admirer of Albrecht's drawings. Looking at his postcards, you will understand why: No fanfare and funny tricks, but good solid knowledge of technique and with a talent to add just the necessary creativity and expression to bring it to life. Not many artists have all these skills in balanced amounts.


If you look closely at his postcard, you will see that one can take away any of the elements and the artwork will still be able to stand tall. I see many sketches which rely on the addition of a second or even third medium to turn it into good art. It is an aspect I strive fro in my own art: the ability to draw a single line so that it draws on all elements of good art making to be able to stand on its own. Which brings me back to my firm belief: to do good art, one has to have a knowledge of drawing. Technique and the basic principles of drawing DO have a solid place in art. Albrecht's postcard is testament to my belief.
Have a look at the close-up to below see the lovely lost and found edges, a technique which seduces the eye of the viewer to "continue the lines and complete the drawing", a great way to get the viewer involved in a painting/drawing/sketch.

This sketch was done by Albrecht during his last drawing course of the year and it is four of his students busy working under the beech tree that he captured. the course took place at the Swabian Alps, "which was about 50 million years ago the borderline of a warm Jurassic ocean". Albrecht and his students were fortunate to find many fossils during this course...something else I love...digging for fossils!

Read more of this course and his other work here.

Thank you for my beautiful postcard Albrecht.

7 comments:

Albrecht Rissler said...

Thank you very much for your kind comment Ronell. Albrecht

Desiree said...

Beautifully stated and so much to aspire too. Lovely pen strokes and so much expression in just a few passes of the pen! Wonderful!

Robyn Sinclair said...

And the wonderful old tree has as much character as the people. Beautiful, Albrecht, an art lesson on a postcard.

Alison Staite said...

Totally agree - what a great post.

Cathy Gatland said...

So much is conveyed in this drawing - simply beautiful!

Bridget Hunter said...

A lesson in how to sketch - terrific

Pat said...

I love to look at each line, masterfully done.

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