I can draw a cat

Here’s a post from the blog of Michael Richards, an artist after my own heart.

A Certain Line

Mickey (A5 Prismacolor indigo blue pencil 2020)

Axel Scheffler, perhaps best known as the illustrator of the Gruffalo, once said in a radio interview that if you can draw, people think you can draw anything. There are, he continued, so many things he wouldn’t even attempt.

As a young man this used to bother me enormously. Why can’t I draw a passable bicycle? If I can draw a dog why do I struggle to draw a horse? These days I simply avoid drawing bicycles or horses, but if my life depended on drawing a bicycle for some odd reason then I’d draw it like Quentin Blake.

I’ve also regretted never learning to play the guitar – or the acoustic bass. Why didn’t you then? you might ask. The answer, I’m afraid, is that I never wanted to be a mediocre musician and I was daunted by the amount…

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4 thoughts on “I can draw a cat”

  1. What a wonderful perspective. Not only do most of us not draw like, say, Leonardo, we shouldn’t. Our personalities glow through our work and it’s that unique quality that gives our art value. We will continue to improve the more that we work at our craft, but maintaining our own lines matters more than trying to mimic someone else’s. Thanks for sharing Michael Richards’ post. And I continue to admire your art, especially your courage in trying new ideas.

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