A minimalist drawing is basically a terse version of sketching. A lot of artists like to combine sketching and drawing together to make a collage. Something like: The tension between these two events is what I call finals week. Stress Mess is an example of a simple terse poem.
When you follow this with a minimalist drawing, you’ll produce a powerful response to art, definitely a stronger response than accordion art, no doubt. Think about the last time you walked into a store that had art. Chances are good that there were a few paintings on display. Now think about the amount of times you passed an art museum. Do you see all the pain and struggle depicted in those paintings? Not really.
There’s something to be said about the beauty of simplicity. In the case of minimalist art, the beauty comes from the stark images. I guess it’s part of the philosophy of minimalist drawing. When you look at a painting of a monkey swinging on its tail, you might laugh at it.
But then when you look deeper, you start to realize that this monkey is part of an amazing artwork. Now what’s the point of having all this beautiful art? Is it not vanity alone that makes us want to have it? Maybe there’s more to it. Here’s another minimalist drawing I like.
This one shows up on many Internet sites. It is called “Cat Scratch Fever.” It is one of my favorites because it uses minimalism in a very amusing way. It’s kind of like when you’re at a party and someone asks you if you’ve ever painted anything, and you say, “No,” and then you scratch your head… you realize, “I’ve been scratching my head for three days straight!”
You can see this same concept in “Cat Scratch Fever.” It’s just as silly and yet still manages to get me laughing. Sometimes, all you have to do to laugh is to find something funny to laugh at.
If you ever see a work of art by Frank Stella, or any other minimalist artists, try to imagine a world without art. It would be so boring. The human race has always appreciated the beauty and art. In fact, it’s only now, with the rise of the industrial revolution, that we’re beginning to appreciate the genius of everyday life. More people are turning to this pure art for enlightenment.
A lot of the art that is called minimalist art was rejected by the major art organizations. But they always return to it later. And when they do, they make changes to suit themselves. They accept what it is that they are creating. It is a good thing that we have such a strong desire to please the aesthetic sense of others.
Now, minimalist art is drawing attention to the simple things around us. It doesn’t matter if you are a painter or a writer. Every form of art requires its own particular style.
As a teacher, I like to encourage students to draw whatever it is that grabs their imagination. Whether it’s a cat or a flower. I prefer to draw whatever comes to mind first. I believe in instinct over reason. My job is to help make those dreams come true.
However, when I begin teaching, I will point out certain things. One of which is that you shouldn’t copy other forms of art. Don’t use them as a model. Try to think of your art as a creation of your own mind. As long as it is drawn correctly, you don’t need to have a thousand pieces of reference to go off of. What’s more important is to figure out your own vision of what you are drawing.
Finally, I like to introduce my students to the tools of drawing. I like them to be familiar with pen, pencils, water, charcoal, and markers. These tools are essential for creating a unique and personal style. Without these tools, you simply won’t be able to express yourself.