"In our iconic society we look for meaningful images" in the words of Ramsés Morales Izquierdo, who teaches and lectures on cartooning on top of drawing them.
We were discussing this morning, the day of the trial of Musa Kart in Turkey. Cartooning is seen as a distraction and a danger, when it has the potential of which our day is in dire need. Our time and age will go down in history among those of decline of which everyone of the aftermath will shake his or her head in shame. A sentiment, which tends to encompass its artworks also. Cartoons on the other hand will be an entirely different story for their energy and critique, openly thinking and saying what their contemporaries had no time for or refused to do so.
The Statue of Liberty is one such example. She was laid out in the era of Napoleon III in which sculptures were piled with sugary detailing from wedding cake territory. The Statue of Liberty, however, was to be based upon the principle for all good drawing: The simplicity of the line.
Simplicity implies knowledge, as its artist, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi underlined in his 1885-book The Statue of Liberty enlightening the World. A sketch in its rapidity is a concentration of what the hand of the artist has seen and understood. It encompasses the world, baring it all, omitting nothing.
"The model, like the design, should have a summarized character, such as one would give to a rapid sketch", wrote Bartholdi.
His work became an icon for the centuries as a moral compass. Ink, paper and ideas are the components of a good drawing as Ramsés says, keeping vigil with his pen.
|Ramsés Morales Izquierdo, July 15, 2017.|