Drawing is my favorite artistic medium. Drawings are bold statements; what you see is what you get. They have an unparalleled freshness and spontaneity, and can be careful and elaborate, or raw and direct. They are regularly used to study and create a “grander” piece, but to me that’s what makes them so desirable: their humbleness and their lack of self-importance. We all draw as children, and I admire beyond words the artists that can keep that brilliant expression on their pages. Go on, grab a pencil and enjoy yourself!
What I love about AshleyG is the very personal world she’s created. Having the chance to own an original of her work (and her mythology) must be a pleasure. Its expression seems to change from sad to mischievous from day to day. By ashleyg, $115.
This is an absolutely stunning piece. It’s got such a personal style and an instant magnetism. It’s simultaneously deceptively simple — very strong. By BretPendlebury, $20.
This bunny is so cute. It’s vivacious and fabulously uncomplicated. It feels like it’s made with love. By DearDodo, $22.
Firstly, you have to really know what you are doing to draw hands like this (they are devilishly complicated to draw). Then you have to be ingeniously reckless to grab a brush and trace the thick, bleeding pitch-black area. By LivaRutmane, $88.
This is what I meant by childlike expression. It’s free and rule-less, and perhaps a bit disturbing. Detaching yourself from what lies before you requires tons of confidence or ingenuity, or a rare mixture of both. By thegoodmachinery, $70.
This is a bit more abstract, but I’m a sucker for textures and patterns. I find this composition rather delicate. I really fancy the white on the dark paper and the glove-like hands make me think of magic tricks. By restlessthings, $55.
I like the nerdiness of this drawing. I like the texture of the color, like trying to color something very consciously in school, being careful not to draw outside the lines. By CB78, $45.
I like the loose detailing in this piece (the lips, the puffed sleeves). Some of the detail in the clothing seems scratched or penciled on top of the pastel, and that creates a very interesting contrast. By tushtush, $20.
The first thing that draws you into this piece is the critical, thoughtful look in the eyes. Then you realize how masterfully the body has been traced — the sharpness of the lines and the soft precision in the elbow is sensitive and sincere. There’s a very real sense of expectation and pondering. By maronresur.
This one makes me laugh. It’s cheeky and rude, but it gives me the impression of being very intimate, maybe because of the scribbling. I like the energy of the lines. By meanrebeccajean, $40.