A. Rae Smith Urban Designer

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Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink SAMSUNG

Pen and Ink

2006 - Ongoing

– India Ink, Raw Umber, Spontaneity

A former swimmer, direct sketching with ink is akin to jumping into the deep end of a pool — you improve out of necessity.

There is nothing to match the horror of that dark black gash of ink across the page, the sense that you are completely screwed, to get you to slow down and see, and then simply carry on.

This is a large part of drawing, continuing to find that three-dimensional form in space, and let it reside somewhere on the page. A calm, constant search seems inviting and encouraging.

"Do you realize what will happen if you practice too much with a pen? It will make you an expert, skillful and capable of much drawing out of your own hand."
-Cennino D'Andrea Cennini (Florence, 14th century)


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