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Jul 19, 2014
Hans Hofmann Drawings
Executed with a matchstick dipped in ink, and sometimes made on the fly in his roadster, the drawings come across as breezy finger exercises. The more you look at them, though, the more you see…
More on Hofmann here.
Filed under: drawing
Jul 06, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
I like to see wet ink. A computer leaves me unable to do what I live for: to find something unexpected.
Mar 25, 2014
Feb 24, 2014
What are we looking at? According to biographer John Richardson, in the summer of 1924, “The splendor of the meridonal sky … inspired Picasso to create his own constellations: ink dots connected by fine pen lines that turn the zodiac into guitars and mandolins and the crotchen-dotted staves of musical scores.”
Feb 14, 2014
Darwin’s Children Drew All Over his manuscript
The top image was drawn on the back of the On The Origin Of The Species manuscript, the second image is of the Darwin family home:
with cozy details like a tea kettle on the boil and a fluffy orange cat in the attic window… Fascinatingly, this image might be detailed enough that it actually depicts Darwin’s famous sandwalk, his “thinking path” that led to the family greenhouse (which is, perhaps, the structure visible at the end of the path). The area was later made into a playground for the Darwin children.
The third image is of Emma Darwin’s diary, which a toddler has blacked out.
It’s all a great reminder that even legendary scientists had family lives, and that when we think about history, it’s important to remember that famous figures weren’t working in isolation. They were surrounded by far less famous friends, family members, acquaintances, and enemies. And sometimes, when we get lucky, we see some of their artifacts from the past too.
Filed under: parenting
Jan 27, 2014
All drawing is process. You make some marks on paper. Those marks help guide you to make other marks. You frequently don’t know where you are going until you get there.
Jan 09, 2014
Michelangelo’s Handwritten 16th-Century Grocery List
Because the servant he was sending to market was illiterate… Michelangelo illustrated the shopping lists — a herring, tortelli, two fennel soups, four anchovies and ‘a small quarter of a rough wine’ — with rushed (and all the more exquisite for it) caricatures in pen and ink.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, King Brand (1983) (via)
Dec 06, 2013
The birchbark doodles of a 15th century boy
One of the most fascinating archeological finds in Russia has been the discovery of hundreds of “birchbark documents” (messages written on the bark of birch trees with a sharp stylus) that were created from the 11th to the 15th century…
The drawings from Novgorod that we have found appear to all come from a Russian boy named Onfim, who lived at the end of the twelfth century or beginning of the thirteenth century in the city of Novgorod. By the estimate of the archaeologists who unearthed his works, he was around seven years old at the time that he made these drawings.
These are so great and even better with the captions. (“I am a wild beast!”)
(via @pomeranian99 > erikkwakkel)
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