I draw because it is pure excitement to watch a figure come to life or to see a structure begin to come “off the paper.” My intent is to produce a rendering that is realistic, detailed and accurate. I choose subjects because I have some emotional connection to them.
I simply want the viewer to experience the impact of the figure, the structure, the scene. I leave it to the great artists to make us think about the human experience. I do have great admiration for the words attributed to Michelangelo “…that he saw the angel in the marble and carved until he set the angel free.” Would that we all could see that angel, as accurately as he.
Whether I am a realist or a naturalist or a representational artist, the beauty for me, is that art that attempts to present the image as a realistic rendering of the object, figure or scene.As my artistic process continues to mature, the realism, detail and accuracy of the images should continue to develop as well. Meanwhile, the attempt to bring a realistic, detailed and accurate image to life is itself the magic.