here's what I'm thinking - ellsworth kelly


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I've always loved american artist ellsworth kelly's simple line drawings of plants. it's something I practiced in high school and college and I've been itching to try it again. I'm thinking a few leaf drawings inspired by my photographs from florida and my fiddle leaf fig (that I've successfully not killed for the last 4 months!!)

not to detract from ellsworth's massive talent but anyone, and I mean anyone, can create beautiful, simple sketches. my super secret technique? make your art in one continuous line - never pick up your pencil/pen/brush - and never look down at the paper/canvas. seriously. pick a logical place to start (bottom left, top right, etc) to allow enough space, put your pen down and look up at your subject. it looks and sounds harder than it really is. choose a simpler shape or form, make a few practice runs to get the feel of it but keep it loose and don't stress over making it look exactly like the subject.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours.