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aka garo is a girl and has been a part of the Threadless community for 6 years, 5 months! she has scored 6392 submissions, giving an average score of 2.71, helping 323 designs get printed.

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  • Has the Queen of England parachuted into your garden holding a brown envelop with the words Top Secret stamped on the front?

    If not, you probably haven't won.

    posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago in Question: How do we know if our submission has been selected for print?

  • quick-brown-fox said:

    Ayyyyyy, long time. How you doin?

    hey, dude. All good, I got stuck into some theory and critical writing on graphic design, but now I'm itching to start making some new stuff. How's tricks with you?

    posted 8 months, 1 week ago in Teach me how to win threadless again!

  • Hey y'all. What's up?

    Cheers style cheering from the audience

    posted 8 months, 1 week ago in Teach me how to win threadless again!

  • What would my class be like? Well, purely hypothetically since I don't have experience of those students, I'd try and foster an understanding of the role of point & line at a global historical level. Western perspective on drawing being one element of many. Visual literacy (observational skill) is the key concept to develop - 100% agreed. Visual literacy starts with point, line & plane. I'd get them to experiment with formal exercises that made them think harder about something they possibly take for granted, but in reality probably don't know that much about - unlearn what they had learned up to that point the purpose of which would be to consider the relationship between form and content. I can't remember who made the comment that photography represents reality and drawing represents ideas, but it's a good way of getting the message across that since the camera, fine art, illustration and drawing as disciplines was freed from the preoccupation of representation.

    posted 1 year, 4 months ago in On a scale from one to ten how good am I at drawing?

  • Self-consciousness comes from exactly that point I'm making about an ideal standard of representational drawing - the expectation in Western schools is that you're bad at drawing when you start when compared to the teacher, who in turn is inferior to a master like Dürer. Kids draw stick figures when they start drawing, why? Probably because a line is the easiest form to create as a representational mark. So the train of art school thought is that we want to represent the world as it is, and therefore need to develop control of light and volume - fine, no issue there - that's one side of drawing. But what about the Chinese appreciation of line? There's no following of Western principles of drawing, but would you dismiss their appreciation of line as inferior?

    The expectation from art tutoring at school level is that figurative drawing is the ideal when there is no such ideal - drawing is not a tool, or a utility with rules. It has no system. How do you define drawing at your school? As soon as you mention rules and basic principles you reduce the form to a system, but a system is definable with ins, flows and outs, drawing does not have those characteristics.

    There is a very strong drawing exhibition near my home town at the moment, and I doubt anyone here with a conventional appreciation of the term would recognise any of the forms shown - it takes a conceptual leap of faith to let go of a 500 year old tradition and I don't expect anyone to agree with me or the curators of exhibitions that are questioning what drawing is or what it can be. But one thing that is clear to me is the distinction between drawing and other creative disciplines.

    For instance, typography is a tool with a defined purpose, and thus has rules which when learned can be broken in interesting and informed ways. Drawing doesn't fall into this category, because it's form is constantly changing. You no more need to learn observational drawing than you need to learn how to paint to be an artist - but art isn't the question here. Drawing is distinct from art. It shares one aspect with art in that unlike say graphic design you can take an art sign out of it's context and it remains art. Take a graphic design artefact out of it's context and it ceases to have purpose.

    You're right in saying practice of observational drawing helps develop the skills you mention - and to be a master of volume and light you need to practice a set of craft based skills. But defining drawing by craft, or by utility alone doesn't acknowledge either global history of line or current thinking on what drawing is.

    posted 1 year, 4 months ago in On a scale from one to ten how good am I at drawing?

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