Sunday, August 2, 2015


Pure copying. The original, without the purple background, is by Burne Hogarth (1911-1996), the man who did more than anyone to create the Tarzan comics in their original newspaper format. A brilliant draughtsman, he taught as well as painted, wrote much theory about the subject, delved into the fantastical as well as the naturalistic, and left behind vast collections of anatomical drawings which he intended the rest of us to use, so that we could learn the skills of drawing too. Will you find any of his books in a modern art school? Unlikely, but one has to hope so; and if they are not there now, maybe the fools will realise their foolishness, and teach their students that mastering the traditional techniques remains the best possible starting-point, because you never know when you might want to have those skills.

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