Part 5: Initial ideas to myself – preparation personal project

  • Looking at: Expressiveness, figure drawing, visual and bodily awareness, ambiguity.
  • Make a mind map.
  • Set my starting point.
Figure drawing: an attitude towards expression (Buchman, 2010)

Considering my own mental and emotional state before, during and after drawing process

  • My visual awareness: Seeing
  • My bodily awareness: Feeling and moving
  • Music: the qualities of lines, shapes, colors, and relationships (melodic, rhythmic, harmonic)
  • Poetry: expressing feelings and meanings through those elements

Mark making for more expressiveness: 

  • Tempo and rhythm of lines: alternate
  • Emphasize: exaggerate, suggest rather than depict, decrease non significant areas
  • Taking risks

Abstraction and realism:

=> Making a picture is already one step of abstraction from life.
=> Visible mark makings tend toward abstraction, hiding those tend toward realism.
=> An illusion. Showing visible marks and visualise my thought process, suggesting and describing, not replicating.

Ambiguity (first reasearch)

=> Horton describes ambiguity as ‘lack of definition‘. It arises with the interpretation of a thing or idea. Here the representation of things, there the motivations and expectation of the viewer. The nature of human kind is to make sense of information received by the brain (see also Arnheim, 2004). And with the interpretation comes the articulation of representation. There is a dialogue of visual and verbal. (Derek Horton in: Sawdon, 2015)

Thus: Perception -> interpretation (sense, meaning) -> articulation (visually, verbally) -> and so on …

=> Uncertainty, inconsistency, disturbing, disruption, speculation, encourage imagination (Dalmau, 2003)



Enquiry map to answer during my project

Enquiry map to answer during my project


I will work from here and keep drawing in my sketchbook. To see what works, what may come up differently, and whether I can make a meaning out of those elements. The books from Buchman (2010) as well as from Audette (2004) will be a source for inspiration for me.

  • Audette, H.A. (2004) ‘100 creative drawing ideas’. Boston: Shambhala Publications Inc.
  • Arnheim, R. (2004) ‘Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye‘ Los Angeles: University Press Group Ltd, 50th anniversary edition
  • Buchman, B. (2010) ‘Expressive figure drawing‘ New York: Watson-Guptill Publications
  • Dalmau, M. (2003) ‘Ambiguity as a Conceptual Framework for Design‘ Available from:  [accessed 2 Nov 2015]
  • Malbert, R. (2015) ‘ Drawing People – The Human Figure in Contemporary Art’ London: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Sawdon, P.; Marshall, R. (2015) ‘Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art‘.  London: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.

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