Digital Drawings and Abstract Variations


In September of 2007, I began drawing digital images direct into my computer using a Wacom Intuos 3, 9 x 12 tablet. Without question it is one of the most exhilarating experiences in the fine art of drawing – and with no paper. Yes, there are new creative adventures beyond 60. Many years ago I began drawing coffeeshop people on my travels with a regular weekly visit every Monday morning to Tim Hortons. It’s just my way of “keeping fresh” in direct and spontaneous live drawing, and of course enjoy a good cup of coffee, a muffin, a bagel, well, you know what I mean. No, I’m not anti-Starbucks. I really like their Cafe Mocha. The process has given me a rich vocabulary of lines and shapes, which now that I have a “tablet,” is truly paying off. I can draw away digitally completely from memory. John Gould, one of Canada’s respected drawing masters, advised me a long time ago to never neglect “drawing real people in real time.” Two years later I began using my computer to create abstract variations of original artwork from my archives. The process is challenging to say the least as the term “original” ceases to be important and the digital copy becomes predominant.

I’ve included a few examples of these digital tablet drawings and abstract variations. Enjoy?