Observational Drawings of Observers Drawing, 2015-2018

Observational Drawings of Observers Drawing, 2015-2018

TITLE:Observational Drawings of Observers Drawing (Students Work Series)

YEAR: 2015-2018

MEDIUM: Vine and/or willow charcoal, graphite, newsprint paper

DIMENSIONS: 24″ x 18″


“We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes, television tubes…Our looking is perfected every day, but we see less and less.” (Frederick Franck ~ The Zen of Seeing, 1973)

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of things. Observing my students in a foundation observational drawing course that I teach, I’m beginning to see a bit more than usual. This is what students “seeing” look like as they practice seeing; as they draw. Predominantly using vine or willow charcoal, I’ve drawn each subject in brief sittings (45 minutes). Subsequently digitized and animated, these time-based drawings capture the gaze and the steady focus of the slow, careful study involved in observational drawing; as they draw they are drawn…and we watch.