Monday, August 20, 2007

He had to be dead

Surfing through the latest drawings
added this month to

I came across the above sketch by one Robert Fawcett

and even before investigating any further,
I just knew he had to be dead
(indeed -- he's been dead now for 40 years)

As the story goes... he started out in fine arts,
and only turned to illustration in desperation
to make a living.

What a loss to the artworld !

And what a tragedy
that nobody alive today
has his ability to draw the figure in space


Blogger Bill said...

"And what a tragedy
that nobody alive today
has this ability to draw the figure in space."

How absolutely withering.

August 23, 2007  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Dang, he sure could draw!

And thanks for the citation that pointed to a quote from Lithopinion.

How did I forget about that magazine? It was one of those beautifully written, visually gorgeous ink-on-paper pubs I miss. (Most of the gorgeous visual pubs I see now are weak on wordsmithery, and vice versa...)

August 23, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

How very true, what a terrible loss to the Art world.
Now this time Chris I really think you have got it wrong. This is a very disappointing example of his work. Just look at the girl's left leg to start with. Could belong to someone else. I think he would be happier being remembered for his illustrations than this particular sketch. Having said that I will have to find some good work of his one would call “Art” won’t I?

August 23, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

Maybe I was exaggerating just a wee bit, Bill.

Of course there are people who can draw/compose that well -- here's one from New Mexico who will be teaching a workshop at my art club next month.

But ... the website, where I found the Robert Fawcett drawing, is a testament to the collapse of American visual culture over the past 50 years.

August 23, 2007  
Anonymous suburbanlife said...

Chris - check out
This is a young Canadian chap who draws the figure beautifully. G

August 24, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

I suppose my taste is way out in left (or is it right?) field -- but I have no problem with Fawcett's leg -- and I can't stand the drawings of Justin Ogilvie. (I really do think they're horrible)

Maybe what I'm looking for is something like a melody in music. Fawcett's got it -- regardless of what leg belongs to whom -- and Ogilvie just sounds like cacaphony to me.

But still -- I thank both of you for leaving comments on Mountshang and trying to set me straight !

August 25, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

The real test is in drawing hands (feet sometimes too). If they are missing you know why. Ask her to demonstrate at your workshop next month.

August 26, 2007  

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