Defy Limits

Today is about going beyond the edges of the page; beyond your comfort zone. Try what feels new, weird, scary, uncertain. Experiment with what you know, try to find the boundaries – then go beyond them!

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…

youR TuRn to DraW!

  • Ignore the edges of your page and let the lines and colours go bigger than your sheet of paper (maybe put newspaper under your drawing first so you don’t wreck your dining table 😉 Here I was looking at Botticelli’s “Venus” and just picking out the salient colours with pastel…
  • Draw something you see in front of you – BUT – play with the lines and shapes, distort the edges, tinker with the contours. Michelangelo’s “David” was the starting point for these studies, as I defied the contours I was seeing, in favour of expressive marks for an unexpected result.
  • Instead of taking a new sheet for every sketch, make a dozen or more sketches of the same subject, all on top of each other on the same page. How many drawings can one sheet hold? This iPad drawing with multiple drawing layers is a useful and easy way to test the maximum capacity of a page.

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!

ShaRe the LovE

You’ve come this far, now why not

<<<<< click to share your creativity – @beware.of.artists

Not only does your creativity need YOU, but here’s a surprise, the world needs your creativity, too! By sharing your response to a Ransom Note, we are building a community who will enjoy, be inspired by, and learn from each other. Who knows, maybe some of us will “find our tribe” or even make the world that tiny bit more pleasant to be in than it was 15 minutes ago!

Other artists who Defy Limits

  • Angela de la Cruz An artist who makes paintings that exist beyond the wall, sometimes becoming free-standing objects that viewers can walk around

    Work by Angela de la Cruz. Image:
  • Monika Baer An artist whose paintings often go past the frame, adding found objects, or punching holes so viewers can see the wall through the canvas

    Work by Monica Baer. Image:
  • Paul Noble His highly-detailed large-scale pencil drawings often go beyond a single sheet of paper to create mythical scenes

    Work by Paul Noble. Image:
  • Sarah Fosse Who says buildings must have straight lines?

    Work by Sarah Fosse. Image:

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!

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