Not As Simple As It Seems

24 May


I have been enjoying the Käthe Kollwitz exhibition at Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and I bought the exhibition book. I wanted to study her woodcut technique in more detail so I laid a black ground in the Markers drawing app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and then drew into it with white brush and line functions, to emulate the lines she had originally cut into a block of wood. When you look at the original, it seems very, very simple but when you study it and try to copy it, it’s a lot more complicated than it appears.

4 Responses to “Not As Simple As It Seems”

  1. Leonie Andrews May 29, 2018 at 21:53 #

    Ha, ha, it never is, is it. What appears simple comes from being ingrained over years of practice. Don’t we know this once we try and emulate our favourites.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 30, 2018 at 11:46 #

      oh goodness yes, her woodcuts look so simple, just a few quick cuts …. so I thought. Wrong!

  2. Phil Cooper May 25, 2018 at 12:09 #

    I’m in awe of her drawing skills Rosie, but you’ve done a grand job there too 😊

    • Rosie Scribblah May 30, 2018 at 11:47 #

      Thanks Phil, once you start to analyse the work of the greats, you understand why they’re great 😀

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