Regarding sketching, I tend to think of my line & style as kind of simple, plain, minimalistic even. Reducing everything down to a bare minimum – that’s how I would like to do it. But at the moment my work is heading in a very different direction …?!
In his splendid new book – Dare to Sketch – Felix Scheinberger says:
Your line is you
Draw whatever way comes naturally. Every artist has something like a “natural line” that he or she is practically born with. Once you learn to accept yours, you’ll have taken a big step forward. (…) Anyone can learn tricks and gimmicks but you must learn to accept your own line and the way you draw–it’s your own unmistakable signature.
This all sounds very wonderful, but is it right? Do a new sketcher really have a natural line?
If Scheinberger is right, who am I, making all these intensely colourful sketches?