Sunday, September 25, 2005
More students drawing.....
I have been told that in some of my drawings people can see an influence of Hirschfeld. I do not in any way think to compare myself to such a master, but I would lie if I said I haven't studied his work in great detail. I know it is cliche to mention Hirschfeld when it comes to caricature (considering there are SO many wonderful caricature artists) but it is pretty hard stuff to resist. Hirschfeld made such a significant impact on American Illustration in the realm of caricature that his drawings should be studied for more than the superfluous novelty of them. I am talking specifically about all the NINAs-clever, but insignificant.
No one understood the importance and the strength of what a single line could project. In some of his drawings his line work is so specific that if one line were to be removed it would no longer be the person he intended to capture. When my work gets too fussy I tend to give myself a refresher course and study his work all over again. Not to copy of course, but to truly comprehend the concept of simplicity and directness.