:: Emily ::

Drawing is the ‘bones’ of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run.
(Dion Archibald)

Today I drew one of my students named Emily with the “Look–Hold–Draw” method. This method is a slow way of drawing that has many rewards. This technique is discussed in the wonderful book by Bert Dodson named Keys to Drawing.
Look at the subject and take note of a contour or shape;
Hold that contour or shape in your mind for a moment;
Draw it while it’s still fresh in memory.
Notice that we do not include “think about it” in this sequence. Drawing is a process which bypasses conscious thought and knowledge.

Aujourd’hui j’ai dessiné une de mes élèves nommée Emily avec la méthode “Regarder – Tenir – Dessiner”. Cette façon de dessiner est très lente et qui présente de nombreux avantages. Cette technique est décrite dans le merveilleux livre de Bert Dodson nommé Keys to Drawing.
• Regardez le sujet et prendre note d’un contour ou la forme;
• Maintenez ce contour dans votre esprit pendant un moment;
• Dessinez-le pendant qu’il est encore frais dans votre mémoire.
Notez que nous n’incluons pas «penser» dans cette séquence. Le dessin est un processus qui contourne la pensée consciente et la connaissance.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Twisbi Classic EF
Ink: Noodlers’ #41 Brown
Location: Cégep John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada



About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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2 Responses to :: Emily ::

  1. whimseytopia says:

    So now I have to buy another book? OK. But I’m running out of cash….

    I linked my post “Carving Out Time” to one of yours. I am an avid follower. Wish I could take one of your classes.


    • Jane Hannah says:

      Hello Whimsey — if you buy the book you will not regret it. It is excellent -) And not very expensive… about 20$. Thank you for linking and one of these days, when I retire, I might give a few workshops -)))


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