Saturday, August 03, 2013


I feel this blog performs a public service on days when I can share close ups from an original Robert Fawcett drawing.

 This drawing had everything going against it:

  1. It's a tiny, low budget spot illustration for an industrial brochure...
  2. drawn from a photo...
  3. of a deadly dull topic: a middle aged, anonymous instructor at a correspondence school, working at his drawing board.
Yet, for Fawcett even a boring subject could be like working in a firecracker factory.  

He starts out working fairly tightly on the head, even using a little white paint to sharpen his focus...

... but from there, he quickly gets wilder:


With energy and integrity, it's possible to overcome even the most uninspiring subject matter.  

In the next few days, I will be  posting more unpublished original work and some of Fawcett's handwritten notes about his approach to drawing.


Blogger FlatClem said...

Inspiring post! Very.

8/03/2013 3:55 AM  
Anonymous MORAN said...

I used to not get Fawcett till I read your book. Now I understand why artists talk about him.

8/03/2013 9:21 AM  
Blogger tozo said...

you're right- you deserve a medal for these posts!

thanks again for sharing these, and the insight. each post is truly a treat.


8/03/2013 4:06 PM  
Blogger Tom said...


Did Fawcett use himself as a model?

8/03/2013 7:53 PM  
Blogger David Apatoff said...

FlatClem-- I share this material in the hope that others will find it as inspiring as I do. Thanks for writing.

MORAN-- Fawcett is definitely not as easy as many other illustrators, but I do think he is worth the extra effort. To understand what he was doing, it helps to see details from the originals.

tozo/tonci-- Many thanks, I appreciate it.

Tom-- No, this was one of the real instructors at the Famous Artists School. I have a batch more FAS pictures that I will be posting in the future.

8/04/2013 9:05 AM  
Blogger Gabriel dela Cruz said...

eagerly waiting for your next post on robert fawcett's approach on drawing! thank you for sharing your knowledge!

8/04/2013 10:00 AM  
Blogger Charles Pyle said...

And THAT really is the illustrator's job: take the most prosaic of subjects and impart even a small touch of majesty and grandeur, if only to make the viewer stop for that millisecond to decide. RF was the very top, and I think, underlying that necessity, he was driving himself to find those moments for him inside each work. THANK YOU DAVID, again, for another little masterpiece.

8/04/2013 11:45 AM  
Blogger अर्जुन said...

Bastard…I knew you were holdin' back!

8/05/2013 3:42 AM  
Anonymous Wallartidea said...

Fantastic,Love always!

8/22/2013 3:50 AM  
Blogger mahendra singh said...

There is no substitute for good draftsmanship … it will power you through any job, no matter the assignment.

Also, that other post about patterbing, excellent! Pattern is a powerful tool … when done right, the eye is attracted no matter how heavy the surrounding visual clutter on adjacent pages.

9/11/2013 11:31 AM  

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