[the occasional] Dumb Sketch

Backing away from the daily sketching of 2015, to observe more slowly and acutely.

Boiling Down

Thanks, art friends, for helping me learn stuff every day.

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Locate Essence

Over at Dumb Sketch Daily I’ve attempted a couple abstractions (per my brave declaration), and the sketching process is starting to become clear: recognize the heart of an image and work with the essential shapes. A few of my art-minded interlocutors (Kerfe, Larry Zink, and Laura of course) have contributed to my slow understanding of the process. It’s really a hands-on thing: One learns by doing.

Chester Arnold: Thy Kingdom Come II, 1999. Oil on canvas. (di Rosa Art Museum) Chester Arnold: Thy Kingdom Come II, 1999. Oil on canvas. (di Rosa Art Museum)

Today’s writing process involves at least one project where I must also reduce and abstract. But “abstract” seems the wrong word: I must locate the essential bit and then work to make that piece clear, understandable and compelling. Oddly enough, clarity sometimes flows better through comparison than it does through paragraphs of didactic copy. And that may be the point of abstraction. An image…

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Kirk Livingston is a copywriter in St. Paul.

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