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O.K. here’s the answer to the question I posed to you all in the last entry. The difference between rendering and drawing is extreme.

Rendering is what most art schools teach. Through careful observation, the artist copies the information in front of him/her by rendering the values and shapes as accurately as they can…sometimes with no real understanding. This is an important skill to master, but it isn’t drawing.

A camera can render, a Xerox machine can render, but neither understands the structure or composition of that which it has rendered. Given enough time, even mediocre artists can render their way out of drawing problems without fully solving them or understanding them.

Drawing is the ability to understand what you are attempting to describe with your pencil, either through line or value. Drawing, such as figure drawing, involves construction drawing, perspective, anatomy, composition and design. Rendering can become part of the drawing, but a drawing doesn’t need rendering in order to work.

15 comments :

Travis Christian said...

That's pretty insightful! Thank you for the knowledge. I now have a better understanding on a few things. Good stuff!

Kyle Marshall said...

Awesome post, and incrdible drawing!

andy said...

Awesome Marcelo, another great figure drawing! Your comments remind me of one of my favourite quotes from Glenn Vilppu: Drawing is a combination of understanding what you see and having the visual tools to describe and communicate that understanding.

Grant Alexander said...

My favorite drawing so far! Beauty!

You are dead on about rendering too. It's much more difficult to create a simple elegant drawing than to sit and measure and plot and render.

Cedric said...

Well said! Great drawing, too.

Jeremy Spears said...

This is really good! Right on,
I needed to hear that.

Mark McDonnell said...

Absolutely Beautiful Marcelo. Great moment in time. All the information and more . . . impressive.

MAC

Ken Chandler said...

Thanks for the reminder Marcello. Your thoughts sparked one of my own. I've seen some really poor photographers get lucky and capture a really terrific image on film, but as artists we have been given the gift of being able to create something that people have never seen before, or enabling them to see it in a new way for the first time. You're a man of great wisdom. Thanks for sharing your insights, and your exquisite drawings.

Don de Castro said...

Hi Marcelo,

Your comments on figure drawing are so insightful. Your work is amazing and I especially love seeing your life drawings.

I used to work at Imageworks and went to a few of Karl's drawing workshop during my quick stint over there.

Anyway keep 'em coming, both the drawings and the wonderful insights.

-don

Cooked Art said...

Great post - And an incredible drawing to go along with it.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everybody for your posts. It's very much appreciated.

I just did a Toastmaster's presentation on figure drawing here at Sony, and in my presentation I used several figure drawing examples. Now that I have them scanned, I'll be posting them over the next few weeks. Perhaps I'll post them along with some excerpts from my speech.

Javi Montes said...

Marcelo, you´ve just put in words what I´ve allways thought but couldn´t entirely explain!

Thank you very much!

When I was student, I´ve allways thought it was a pity that here, in Spain (Velazquez must be turning on his grave), was almost imposible to find good drawing teachers. Just rendering teachers. I´ve learnt almost everything I know by myself, and now from my proffesion colleagues.

soko said...

At times you render without understanding in order to capture light and dark and shades in the middle. But in the end drawing and rendering are not mutually exculsive. Because, you can render a drawing. Take a simple drawing further and add light and shadow and everything in between. It isn't about one or the other... your rendering is still a drawing. Part of your drawing. It's no secret.

Armand Serrano said...

Rendering is putting on paper what you see. Drawing is putting on paper what you feel while seeing. There's a big difference. I think what Soko was talking about was the happy accidents that happen that makes a rendering look good.

Dave T said...

amazing life drawings!!