The Simplest Drawing

As we continue creating characters for The Amazing and Marvelous Cabinets of Kismet, much of the process is about simplifying, stripping down and finding the bare minimum of lines and texture that communicate the essence of a character. Here is a quote from fantasy master Terry Pratchett about how even very simple art contains magic.

The White Horse of Uffington in England, which Pratchett often describes in a similar way.

The White Horse of Uffington in England, which Pratchett often describes in a similar way.
CC licensed image via Flickr

“Someone had drawn a tree. It was the simplest drawing of a tree the Bursar had ever seen since he’d been old enough to read books that weren’t mostly pictures, but it was also in some strange way the most accurate. It was simple because something complex had been rolled up small; as if someone had drawn trees, and started with the normal green cloud on a stick, and refined it, and refined it some more, and looked for the little twists in a line that said tree and refined those until there was just one line that said TREE.

And now when you looked at it you could hear the wind in the branches…”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s