September 25, 2023


How Art Works

Bob Kuhn 1997 Interview – Draw Paint Academy

3 min read

I got here throughout this interview with Bob Kuhn on Youtube that befell again in 1997. It gives perception into the thoughts and means of a grasp animal and acrylic painter.

At 4:27, he says:

“As I get older, I do what I need to do. And if I cheat a bit bit, who cares? Primary, more often than not no person is aware of it however me. I’m not taking {a photograph}, I’m making a portray and it’s my portray. And I can do something I need.

I even have a idea that… and I actually imagine this… that realism is honored within the breach. By that, I imply, I feel the place you cheat on the information is the place you change into an artist. Not the place you report the information. Anyone can report the information. However when you have got your information in entrance of you and also you say, “I do know that’s the best way it’s, however that’s not the best way I need it in my portray” and you then do one thing that augments the colour or the feel or the thrill of the portray, you then’re functioning as an artist. In case you’re merely placing down what you see, it’s possible you’ll be an ideal craftsman, however you ain’t an artist.”

I couldn’t agree extra. Portray shouldn’t be about copying the topic element by element. It’s about capturing your impression of the topic and all the emotions and concepts that include it. If it have been nearly copying, then a digital camera already does that.

Bob Kuhn, In the Gloaming
Bob Kuhn, Within the Gloaming

At 5:29, he describes utilizing a carbon pencil so as to add texture to his work:

“One of many little gadgets that I regularly use is an informal software of a wolf pencil, which is a carbon pencil, merely to form of emphasize hair textures. I don’t prefer to overdo it, however there are occasions when just a bit sense of the roughness of the hair is all you want. And moderately than take a tiny little brush, which I don’t personal, and going choosy choosy, to me it has a bit extra spontaneity for those who merely take this charcoal factor and make your little accents and let it go along with that. Or a bit of roughness throughout the form of a tree.”

Bob Kuhn, In Ellesmere Land - Arctic Wolf, 1996
Bob Kuhn, In Ellesmere Land – Arctic Wolf, 1996

At 7:45, he shares ideas on composition, portray with intuition, and understanding the topic:

“So what I’m actually saying is that I feel you may learn to make tolerable designs, however you may’t learn to make nice designs. You’ve acquired to be a designer and you must have an intuition for methods to transfer shapes round your portray. You can not paint issues that catch the character of a critter for those who don’t know the critter. I’m a kind of old school individuals that actually feels you must put in your time on the zoo.”

Bob Kuhn, Heading Into Thick Stuff
Bob Kuhn, Heading Into Thick Stuff

Additionally, only a transient reminder to affix my free 4-day workshop: Portray the Panorama. It’s free to affix. The primary lesson goes out shortly.

Pleased portray!

Dan Scott

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