Contemporary Drawing Blog

I decided to start this blog so that I could record and share my learning as I progress and gain new knowledge. Based on the skills I have learnt so far I am looking to extend my ‘vocabulary’ through different techniques, materials and concepts and by researching other artists, reading books on and about drawing, resources on the internet and of course by drawing itself.

I will be posting drawings from a variety of artists, quotes from books and links from websites that I have discovered.

So what is drawing? For some time now, artists have been experimenting with a wide variety of materials and their issues have been more concerned with how something is drawn rather than what is drawn. I will be looking at artists who create contemporary drawings, their concepts, characteristics and techniques.

Here is a quote from the introduction on page 12 by Sarah Simblet – ‘The Drawing Book’,  :

‘The observed world may be our subject, but it should be the experienced world that we draw. There should never be a slavish obligation to represent things exactly as we collectively agree we see them. We all see differently. We also see differently ourselves, depending upon the occasion and our purpose. There are countless reasons for drawing. We should not try to know how every finished picture will look, but it is important to be clear why we are making it.’

Pablo Picasso;Pablo Picasso [Misc.]

Electric Bull – Pablo Picasso

Light drawings made with a small electric light in a darkened room photographed by Gjon Mili 1949

I am aiming to make a regular monthly posting that will be focused on contemporary drawing, what it is and what it means, that will hopefully give a clearer understanding and appreciation of this art form.


About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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