|The view of lower Manhattan|
I was drawn to the view of the One World Trade Center - the Freedom Tower. I was most interested in the tiny details at the shore line:
|Tiny details on the shore line|
I spent a long time on the skyline view and when I was done I felt a need for speed as a change of pace. A couple parked their bicycles in front of us while they took a photo of the Jersey City skyline in the distance. They were gone in a moment. Even the lightning fast pencil sketch was mostly done from memory. Adding color was done with my fading memory of the image:
|Sketched in an instant|
Since it was pencil I could have tried to correct the lines to make the drawing stronger, but decided to go with it as is.
Memory and Spirit
I had a conversation with Bryant and Eugene about this on the ferry ride back. Our discussion started with the idea that people are so hard to sketch because they almost always move before you can get what you want down on paper.
I read an interesting idea by Robert Henri in his book, The Spirit of Art. He proposed an Art School that would train students by having the models in one room and the artist's easels in another. With this set-up student's would learn to use and trust their memory.
I wonder if the drawings that are made very slowly using extreme care, using the most exact measurements don't have less of our unique spirit than then sketches that are dashed off in an unselfconscious moment? I don't hold either of these sketches to be the best example of what I'm getting at, but I suspect every sketchers must know what I mean. I wonder which is the better goal to pursue?