Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Little Knife

My little Lagiole knife which I use to cut paper etc, drawn from different angles
with the right (dominant) hand, not looking at the paper but only at the objet, and never interrupting the line.

The knife is really tiny, about 7 cm (2.8"). I find that when I don't look at the paper while drawing, but only at the object, trying to expore what I see and feel, then the object appears at least two time as big on the paper...


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35 comments:

sukipoet said...

You make even a knife look so gorgeous. Interesting it comes out larger than life. I love those curly Q lines on the knife blade.

Cestandrea said...

Suki hi:) thank you, you must be up early always, no?:) Love your comments, always..:)
You know the curly Q lines are the attempt of not missing the two clues which hold the knife together ..
love
Andrea

differenceayearmakes said...

Great sketch - and the watercolor really adds definition.

Kim said...

Andrea, I have to say I agree with Suki..."you make even a knife look so gorgeous." When you blog this up, it is wonderful to see how the lines give the suggestion and the application of color pulls it all together. You have so much to teach me!

I love this!

Thanks!

claire said...

Ah enfin je t'ai retrouvée ! Panne d'ordi , perdu toutes mes adresses et tous mes liens , je reconstruis doucement .
Toujours autant de plaisir un moment chez toi !
Amitiés

Cestandrea said...

Rebecca, thanks, and funny because your express what I didn't see when I did it:)
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

Kim, I love how you express this, it is as I said to Rebecca, you help me see what works! Thanks so much for your precious comment,
love
Andrea

Cestandrea said...

CLAIRE:) si c'est bien toi, la Claire que j'ai perdu de vue de blog:) J'espère que je pourrais venir te revoir aussi? Pour l'instant, ton adresse blog ne se montre pas..
merci d'être passé, c'est chouette!
Andrea

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Great drawings.
I love the color wash you put over them. I find that color just makes my drawings so much better. other wise they are flat. I cant seem to get the shading down using pencil. you do it well with ink. My dog only came together when I started shading with the colored pencils.

Teri C said...

Just a wonderful job on this knife!

Martine said...

I really love these drawings. And the little tekst underneate gives it something very special.

klaproos said...

just lovely to have a knife like that,
i have one to, a smaal swish knife always have it with me,
easy to cut cake :-))) etc,

xxx
klaproos

claire said...

Oops !...die alte Claire aus der "nusszeit" ;-))))

fiorobbo said...

Love the lines and the marks that appear when you don't lift the pen from the paper. Nice

Emelire said...

ah that's your favourite knife (I have a swiss knife in my bag with several blades, one opener and one corkscrewer (word ??) but I only use the blades only to cut bread etc for picnics on holliday ;o)

it's funny to draw lines without watching what you draw : do you do that as an exercise ? or just to produce this unique form of art ? I think that the watercolour does a lot to precise the drawing. (when i wanted to learn how to draw, I bought the book 'dessiner avec le cerveau droit' de Betty Edwards, i lent it to one of my nephew who told me he had to draw for his studies but he coulnd't draw precisely ;o) this method is special but it works.
your watercolour is beautiful ;o)

Genie said...

Hi Andrea,
Some lovely work, we did a similar exercise at Art group in the week,
not easy but fun. have a great weekend

flashmarion.com said...

J'adore les laguioles à prononcer "laïoles" si l'on est du coin.
On dirait des sabres!

Meg Wolff said...

I also seems alive, more organic. Very nice, Andrea!

Lynn said...

Hi, haven't seen you lately. this is another wonderful Andrea sketch.
Looks hard to do, but then you make it all look so easy.

marianne said...

Also an interesting experiment!
Must try that.......
Lovely knife painting

Cestandrea said...

Cris you are right, shading with colours gives the drawing another meaning almost. Sometimes I just like the simple drawing too, flat as it may be, like an exercise of parsimony:)

Cestandrea said...

Teri thanks so much, makes me wonder what a miracle a knife is:)

Cestandrea said...

Martine, thanks and it is a little bit like a journal, to do these drawings. A drawing-journal:)

Cestandrea said...

Klaproos: Cake:) yes. And saussage. And bread. And paper. And cords. And and and

Cestandrea said...

Claire: musste erstmal nachdenken, was die Nusszeit war, Steinzeit, Bronzezeit, Eisenzeit, Nusszeit...
:)

Cestandrea said...

Fiorobbo, yes I think this makes the charm of these drawings, if we do not look and if we do not stop but want to "get in" most of the details....

Cestandrea said...

Emelire, yes that's my favourite little knife:) But I love knifes in general, corkscrew very important:):)
And oh, I do this both as an exercise as well as to develop a series of drawings/Paintings based upon this technique. And oh, the Betty Edwards book really is great,and helpful if we want to learn how to draw what we see and not what we believe we see:) Always so difficult...

Cestandrea said...

Genie, hi, oh I look forward of seeing something about these exercises on your blog, I haven't been around much for the last days (head under cover:) but will be soon

Cestandrea said...

Genie, hi, oh I look forward of seeing something about these exercises on your blog, I haven't been around much for the last days (head under cover:) but will be soon

Cestandrea said...

Flashmarion :) LOL, oui en fait, le couteau, en vrai, mesure 7 cm:)

Cestandrea said...

Megg, love your comment!

Cestandrea said...

Lynn, not hard to do, just don't look at the paper, just draw the line:)

Cestandrea said...

Mariann, yes you'll see, it is really funny and so very surprising and interesting!

San said...

Interesting that what you "see and feel" makes the object larger than life. Or maybe that's the "actual" reality of the object. The customary appearance is the illusion.

I love these practices you are doing. Very powerful.

Mary said...

these knives have taken on such great character!