The Technique that Creates the Illusion

Artist Statement
by Bert Kupferman

I describe the images that I draw as a minimum of means with the motion of line.

A Bird (2008), Pen and Ink on Watercolor Paper, 22" x 30" (57cm x 76cm)

It is the image, the illusion, and the technique that creates the illusion that concerns me.

A line is an element on its own right.

I find the use of ink unforgiving, it does not lie and speaks of the journey.

I choose to draw at a distance, by placing my paper on the floor and attaching my pen or pencil to a long dowel.

This allows me to create a different line than if I was seated on a chair, drawing at a table.

In this way, I am able to see more fully the overall progression and development.

It also allows me to work 360 degrees in two dimensions dissolving lines into tonal levels.

As I draw, I am able to walk around the paper, which adds to the movement, the energy, and my vision.



See also: The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation and The Awakened Eye by Frederick Franck